The New Family Room
A home with an outdoor barbecue and living space is typically the “cool house” on the block, with beautiful shaded areas, fancy grilling techno-gadgets, and (maybe) even a built-in keg tap.
“If you have an outdoor living space and a seating area with fire pit, you’re able to use that year-round,” says Kyle Ash, owner of Parker-based Aspen Falls Landscaping. And with 300+ days of annual sunshine in Colorado, it makes sense to enjoy our mild climate to its fullest.
An outdoor barbecue fits into countless array of structures, whether it’s a simple pergola, umbrella-shaded counter space, covered patio, or a massive shake-shingle gazebo.
Outdoor pizza ovens have become a hot trend in recent years, according to Kyle. Wood-burning ovens take your pizza to the next level, providing superior flavor and, many say, help retain the nutrients in the pizza toppings.
According to Kyle, another huge trend in outdoor barbecuing is the Big Green Egg. In case you haven’t heard, the Big Green Egg is a ceramic dome cooker that uses charcoal or wood fuel. It’s a prototype of an ancient cooking vessel from the Chinese Qin Dynasty that has gained popularity due to the added flavor it infuses into the meat.
“These are accessories that would go outside of the grill, with platforms that are built in for them,” he says.
Additional amenities that can be added include a stove, refrigerator, wine chiller, sink, pellet grill, and warming drawer.
What’s the biggest mistake people make when dreaming up their outdoor barbecue?
“Underestimating square footage.” Kyle says. “Once you start adding the built-ins, you lose a bunch of space.” He recommends a minimum of 100 square feet for a basic barbecue, but at least 800 square feet is typically needed for a patio that includes a seating area, a fire element and an outdoor kitchen.
Ready for that dreamy barbecue? “If the patio is already in place, we can get a space completed in 3-4 days,” Kyle says.
Let’s fire up that grill!