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Make the Most of Your Summer with an Outdoor Kitchen

Everyone knows that an investment in kitchen home improvements can help with the resale value of your home and now many homeowners are taking that investment outdoors and improving the entertainment value of their backyard with an outdoor kitchen or grilling island.

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Those who like to celebrate summer with grilling and patio parties are literally taking their renovations outside as the trend towards improved entertainment areas and availability of outdoor appliances continues.

Companies such as Outdoor Luxury, Canada’s premier builder of Outdoor Kitchens, have been specializing in this expanding market for over a decade. You can now incorporate high-end grills with a complete selection of outdoor appliances. Some of the hottest sellers – a pizza oven or outdoor fireplace, can complete your backyard entertainment area.

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Leslie Wheeler, a spokesperson for the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA) says, “You can custom make your outdoor entertainment area to fit your lifestyle.” The latest trends in outdoor kitchens include all-weather stainless steel appliances such as refrigerators, ice-makers, sinks and dishwashers.

You should be prepared to make a hefty investment for a high end outdoor kitchen, as including the best weather-proof appliances and gourmet cooking areas could end up in the range of $30,000-$60,000. Regardless, the trend has continued to grow in the past five years and more custom home builders are adding outdoor living areas to enhance features and options for new home buyers.

Even in colder Canadian climates, the quality of materials used for outdoor cooking areas allows homeowners to grill and entertain – yes, even throughout the winter months. Outdoor heaters, fireplaces and sheltered spaces are just a few ideas that can help you enjoy your company and surrounding nature outdoors, all year round.

Joanne Bloye, co-owner of Outdoor Luxury says that outdoor kitchens are becoming more and more popular. Ten years ago Rick and Joanne Bloye opened Outdoor Luxury, the first company in Canada to specialize in building outdoor kitchens. “People who make an investment in their outdoor living space will enjoy it for many years to come,” Joanne said.

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How much you spend really depends on your needs, the number of appliances you choose and the materials required for your build.

The options are endless and even with a simple backyard bar-b-que, you can begin to build your outdoor entertainment area and surround it with the latest in all-weather patio furniture, portable coolers, a permanent gazebo, shade awning or shelter and, a seasonal heater or a fan.

As the seasons change, there are so many more entertainment options for homeowners to consider to take their cooking outdoors. If you’re considering a home improvement project or renovation, you’ll find plenty of qualified general construction professionals at to get you started. For more information on Outdoor Kitchens visit

By Dawn Boshcoff

What’s your favourite form of summertime backyard entertaining?

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