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Every celebrity chef seems to have one…Jamie Oliver, Rick Stein, James Martin have all been seen cooking outside. Whether it is just a pizza oven, smokery or a full on range with preparation space, an outdoor kitchen may sound like an extravagant way to celebrate the sunshine, but there are many reasons why they are increasing in popularity across the UK.  And, here at Coulon Stone, we have fitted three already this year, with several more in the planning stages.

Primarily, outdoor kitchens are about spending less time inside cooking on your own, and more time enjoying the sunshine with your family and friends – so be mindful of this when designing the space. Details like having a bar style top where your guests can sit whilst you cook, or including seating around a pizza oven, make for a wonderfully inclusive area.

why consider an outdoor kitchen

Whilst some people create fully equipped chef stations complete with fridge freezer and range cooker, a simple food-prep and grilling area would be equally as enjoyable. Invest in a sturdy stone worktop - granites, marbles and limestones all work perfectly - along with a good sink, grill and mini fridge. Since the materials used are weather resistant, you’ll have a life-long entertainment space. Plus, the use of natural materials, earthy colours and even recycled pieces, really enable you to tie the whole space in with your surrounding garden.

OK, so we may not always have the climate we are envious of in the Mediterranean, however more and more people are turning to stylish sail awnings to keep the weather at bay when dining outdoors. This works particularly well with outdoor kitchen and dining spaces and the result is we are encouraged to spend more time outside and connect with nature.

Whether you want to go over the top, keep it simple or somewhere in the middle, expanding your living space with an outdoor kitchen will always be a welcome addition to your home – and may even add value. So, if you are looking at your outside space and wondering what you can do, then contact us to chat through your thoughts on 01494 484333 or visit our showroom.