Creating a comfortable outdoor cooking area is a great way to make the most of the warm weather at home. A fully furnished backyard grill area lets you savour mouth-watering meals while spending quality time with family and friends. Whether relaxing in your backyard oasis or entertaining guests over amazing food, here's how to make the most out of your outdoor living space.
Begin with Everyday Barbecue EssentialsOutdoor grilling is a classic Canadian way to experience sunny summer days and mild nights. To start, you'll want to a choose the right BBQ and accessories.
Choose the Best BBQ for Your NeedsNo grilling area is complete without the right BBQ. You'll want a barbecue grill that suits your personal space and cooking style. Consider the questions below when choosing a new BBQ.
- Do you prefer a propane, electric or charcoal grill? For an electric BBQ, do you have access to an outlet?
- Do you have a smaller patio or balcony? Consider a simple charcoal grill or electric tabletop BBQ
- How much time do you want to spend grilling? Propane and electric grills cook more quickly than charcoal grills and smokers
- Do you want a unit with a side burner in addition to the main cooking area? A side burner provides space to sauté veggies or simmer sauces
Stock Up on Quality Barbecue ToolsSet yourself up for successful grilling with the right barbecue tools. Having quality BBQ tools and accessories on hand makes the job easier.
Grilling essentials include barbecue tongs, a barbecue turner (or spatula), a grill fork and a basting brush. Consider a set that includes all tools in one handy package.
A durable BBQ grill cover protects your barbecue against damage from elements like dust, rain, UV rays and snow.
Proper BBQ maintenance helps prolong the life of your BBQ. Grab a grill brush, grill scraper and grill spray cleaner.
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Set Up Your Idyllic Backyard Dining SpaceOnce you have the BBQ basics down, you're ready to clean up your backyard space and create a functional and stylish grilling area.
Prep Your SpaceIt's a good idea to clean up your outdoor area before BBQ season starts, so you can focus on relaxing and entertaining.
Create a Warm and Welcoming Environment with a Quick RefreshThis can be as simple as mowing the lawn, tidying up your landscaping or adding planters and hanging baskets. Clean patio furniture that has spent the winter in storage and consider touching up your deck or patio if it needs a fresh stain or rinse.
Patio BBQ Area LayoutGive some thought to how you want to design your space. Read the following tips to help create a functional and comfortable area.
- Place the grill close to the door for easy access to the kitchen
- If using an electric BBQ, set up near an outlet or find a suitable extension cord
- Make sure there is shaded seating for dining on hot and sunny days
- Add an outdoor fire pit for cozy seating in the evening
- Maximize smaller spaces with chat sets designed for compact areas
Pick Your Perfect Patio FurnitureUpdating your patio furniture is a great way to bring comfort and style to your space. Choose furniture that fits your seating needs and décor. If you don't want to invest in all new outdoor furniture, you can pick and choose pieces to complement your setup.
In addition to permanent patio furniture, consider portable pieces to accommodate different sized groups. Stacking chairs or folding chairs and tables are easy to store and great when extra seating is required.
Patio umbrellas and gazebos provide shaded comfort while dining or simply hanging out. A gazebo is also a great way to extend dining to areas other than the deck.
For small spaces and city living, consider compact patio furniture that won't clutter your space. Bring character to your space with artificial turf, colourful planters or simple accessories like throw pillows.
TIP: Look for furniture like storage benches or ottomans that offer built-in storage without taking away space.
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