How to design a bespoke outdoor dining area, for alfresco entertaining every season
Summer may be drawing to a close, and whilst most consider that to mean barbecue season is officially over, at Whistler Grills we’ve got the solution for making it last all year long
If like us, you take alfresco dining seriously, then you’ll be glad to hear there are ways to transform your outdoor space into an all-weather entertaining area – with a little help from Whistler Grills.
Alfresco dining as a trend has been popular for years, but it’s not always saved for the hottest of days. Scandi countries embrace outdoor dining even in the coldest of months, and now with our Cirencester Outdoor Modular System, you can too.
But, when it comes to designing your dream outdoor kitchen, what do you really need? And where do you start? Luckily we have endless options, to suit all budgets.
Every outdoor kitchen will look different, depending on the size of your space and the style you choose. But, at the heart of every outdoor kitchen lies the cooking equipment. So it’s important to choose wisely.
Cooking outdoors can come in various guises, from fire pits to smokers, and of course barbecues. All of our barbecues are built to last using 304 stainless steel, and they’re robust enough to battle all weathers.
Choose a free-standing barbecue such as the Bibury, or more affordable Broadway, and then take the DIY approach. Build-in your own cabinets, worktops and add a canopy for shelter. Incorporate a sink and plumbing into your design to avoid trips inside, and if electrics aren’t in the budget, opt for a cool box in place of a fridge – if your outdoor dining space is close to the kitchen, then it’s not always essential. Remember, it’s your space, so make it work for you.
Looking for a setup more akin to a high-end, professional kitchen? That’s where our Cirencester Range comes in. A bespoke option, built to allow you flexibility when it comes to designing your outdoor space, the range means you can create a kitchen as elaborate or modest as you like.
Select your must-haves from a range of different unit combinations – from gas bottle cabinets (a hideaway for the ultimate sleek and tidy look) to drawers and door storage cabinets, sinks, fridges and corner cabinets – then simply piece them together, any way you like, and watch your dream come to life.
Whether you take the DIY or professional approach, once your kitchen is complete, adding a few final finishing touches can make all of the difference. Here’s some inspiration for creating an outdoor setup that’s certain to impress your guests…
Bring the bar home
Outdoor dining can only be made better by one thing… Outdoor drinking. Create a buzz at your next gathering by adding a garden bar. Fit it with a wine fridge, a tap and keg of your favourite beer, or keep it simple and load your bar top with plenty of ice buckets stacked with bottles of beer and wine.
Consider your shelter
British weather is unpredictable, we don’t need to tell you that. But with suitable shelter, there'll be no reason to put off entertaining outdoors. From temporary, pop-up canopies to more permanent wooden structures complete with a chimney, adding shelter will ensure you’ll never have to consult the forecast when party planning again.
Use kitchen tiles to create a cosy nook
Create the most striking backdrop for your barbecue by tiling up a fence or wooden board behind your masterpiece. Whether you’re working with a small space, or you’re looking to zone out a nook in a big garden area, this will help to create a cosy corner and bring the inside out.
Keep guests warm
The heat from the barbecue and a huddle of happy friends will only be able to keep guests warm for so long. Think about investing in outdoor heaters, or better still, a fire pit to ensure festivities can continue late into the night – whatever the weather.
All that’s left to do is plan your menu, and luckily, we can help with that too… Follow this link for our ultimate tips for serving up an outdoor feast when using your Whistler Grill gas barbecue.