Imagine coming home after a hard day’s work to unwind in your individual personal outdoor sanctuary. Imagine dining al fresco, enjoying a delicious meal prepared on the grill of your outdoor kitchen. Then imagine spending the evening under the stars as you relax by the fireplace in your outdoor living room.
Outdoor living spaces like this are ideal venues for entertaining, allowing you to expand the functional area of your own home beyond the confines of its walls. Manufactured stone veneer makes it easy to create such an outdoor oasis, the harmonious blending of interior design with exterior landscaping.
Stone Veneer Kitchen Types
The primary element to think about is the kitchen. There are two options that can assist you design an outdoor kitchen to suit both your environment and your budget.
Modular Kitchen Islands
This can be a semi-custom option in which you choose the units you desire, then mason company works with you to pick out the manufactured stone matching your environment. Accent finishes can include stucco, granite, and more.
Custom Kitchen Islands
This completely custom option gives you a novel design unlike anything you may find available on the market. For example, you could choose a detailed stone veneer fireplace, perhaps a pizza oven, a bar, food preparation and cooking areas, and a seating area. Our experienced landscape architect will match the finish to your existing pool or pavilion, precisely reflecting your lifestyle and personality.
Outdoor Kitchen Shapes
Your outdoor kitchen island generally is a simple rectangular unit, or it can have multiple angles of varying degrees. Popular shapes are Vs and Ls. It all depends upon the appliances and amenities you wish to accommodate. Consider a design that gives an area for stools arranged so you can face and converse along with your guests as you cook.
Outdoor Living Rooms
An outdoor living space can encompass only a kitchen, but why not create a whole and harmonious environment that encompasses an area to sit and relax as well? Think about including a standard fire pit, clad in rustic stone veneer. Wood-burning or fuelled by propane or natural gas, it will make an excellent centrepiece for your backyard.
While a fireplace or fire-pit provides ambient light and warmth, it won’t protect you from the elements. For that you’re going to need a shelter resembling an awning or a pergola. This can be sized to cover just the kitchen area, or the entire living space. The pillars for the shelter can be clad in the same stone veneer you’ve chosen in your fireplace and kitchen, blending in together with your overall landscape design.
A Lifestyle Investment
Your outdoor living space could be both a retreat from the world and a mirrored image of your lifestyle. But it’s also a wise and practical investment. Studies have proven that well designed and constructed backyard kitchens and living rooms retain as much as 81% of their value, contributing to the resale price of your home.