Dining al fresco has long been one of the first luxuries of spring.
As soon as the weather begins to warm, most of us find ourselves with a drink on the porch or dinner on the patio. This is the time of year that our outdoor living spaces become our primary living spaces. Recently design and living trends have moved even further outdoors. It’s not enough now to just have a place to eat in the backyard; people are now creating fully functional outdoor kitchens that put the old gas or charcoal grill to shame. Below are several outdoor dining and cooking spaces we’ve created for clients that take al fresco to a whole new level.
Stone Outdoor Kitchen
Rough cut stone was used to create this rustic, but well appointed outdoor kitchen. A traditional grill is still the heart of this cooking space, but additional storage and an outdoor mini fridge and sink make it functional and attractive. Granite counter tops are durable and beautiful.
Cozy Outdoor Dining
This outdoor dining room opens to a spacious living area with an impressive outdoor stone fireplace. A propane patio heater keeps the dining area warm year-round. An entrance to the home’s indoor kitchen is close to the dining area to keep everything convenient.
Grill Under Cover
You don’t have to have your grill out in the open where rain and bad weather can prevent you from cooking up a storm. In this home, we created a built-in gas grill space under the covered porch with the assistance of an industrial hood to remove all the smoke from the covered space. The grill was also bricked in for a more permanent feel with extra prep space and storage.
Retaining Wall Kitchen
This built-in grill and cooking area fits easily into a brick retaining wall that helps create a dining room space outdoors. The different texture on the flooring of the dining space separates it from the play area, the yard and the porch’s living area. In this case, the outdoor kitchen helps create separation for outdoor “rooms.”Tags: central Virginia, construction, dining al fresco, dinner party, firepit, high end construction, james river construction, new construction, outdoor dining room, outdoor fireplace, outdoor kitchen, outdoor life, outdoor living, outdoor spaces, outdoors, patio, porch, remodel, renovation, Richmond, rva, screened in porch, VA, Virginia