<p>Keep reading for some fun ideas on how to add a unique twist to your outdoor space and impress your guests by designing an al fresco dining oasis outside (whatever the weather!)</p>
An outdoor living and kitchen space is a valuable investment which you can use year on year, and which can be designed to suit any sized garden or outside space.
A good starting point is to consider the best place to position your outdoor kitchen. Think of its design, complete with space to both cook and relax, as a rear extension idea with a difference - blending together inside and outside space is the perfect way to make the most of both. Bear in mind the mood of your outdoor kitchen will change with the seasons, so plan ahead.
An up and over wooden framed pergola will protect you from all weather, and help you make the most of your outside living set-up and patio space all year round - no matter how unpredictable UK weather might be! Consider adding some outdoor string lights around the edge, or a few solar lights in your garden for that added cosy feel.
Backyard cooking is one of the great pleasures of staying at home, especially if you can share with friends and family.
Create an outdoor food-prep station using recycled pallets or by re-purposing some unwanted pieces of storage furniture. Fire and kindling for a wood powered stove can be stored safely underneath, leaving it dry and ready for your next feast. Or why not complete your outdoor kitchen design with a bar, sink or mini fridge so that hosting becomes something for everyone to get involved in!
If you’re looking to take your outdoor space to the next level, we love these space age pizza ovens by Ooni - a great way to make your garden stand out from the rest.
As a more budget friendly option, you can also build your own wood-fired brick and clay oven. This works out to be a very sustainable option, and though it takes about an hour to get hot, you’ll then be cooking pizzas with a fantastic smoky flavour and crispy base in less than 1 minute.
When the nights draw in, a chimney or patio heater will take the edge off the chill, while a fire pit is great for huddling around and even toasting marshmallows with a glass of red wine.
Whatever your home design style, there are definitely lots of ideas to help everyone bring their garden to life with a spot to cook, entertain and relax. If you're feeling inspired and are keen to get some ideas together to make this a winter project ready for next year, our dedicated team at Home & Maker are here to help with drawings and design ideas - why not try our free, instant quote tool to get started.
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