Widen your hori­zons and cook up a storm out­doors

Pilbara News - - Property - Mau­reen Ep­pen

With fea­tures to ri­val their in­te­rior coun­ter­parts, al­fresco kitchens in the back­yard are reach­ing im­pres­sive new lev­els of so­phis­ti­ca­tion.

In ad­di­tion to a bar­be­cue, sink and wine or beer fridge, spe­cial­ist de­sign­ers are equip­ping to­day’s out­door kitchens with ev­ery­thing from dish­wash­ers to ice-mak­ers to wok burn­ers.

“Out­door kitchens are be­com­ing the fo­cus for re­selling a house, as the ex­tra fea­tures at­tract many peo­ple,” Amanda Mitchell, of In­fresco, said.

She said one of the lat­est de­sign trends in­cluded the classy com­bi­na­tion of gleam­ing black and sleek stainless steel.

“This is a very pop­u­lar fin­ish,” she said. “Our clients are choos­ing fea­tures such as flame-fail­ure gourmet bar­be­cues and high-pow­ered wok burn­ers.”

Wood smok­ers and char­coal cook­ers are also making an im­pact, along with kegged beer, Australian Out­door Kitchens WA gen­eral man­ager Matt Li­hou says.

Pyro Designs owner-di­rec­tor Jared Robin­son said there was a def­i­nite trend to­wards smoothly in­te­grated bar­be­cues.

“The new style tak­ing off is a drop-in so­lu­tion like you’d have for the in­door kitchen hot­plate — with the di­als on the side and a hood or a flat lid on top,” he said.

Nat­u­ral stone bench­tops re­mained the pre­ferred choice, he said, as many en­gi­neered stone prod­ucts were not suit­able for out­door use, even un­der cover, with­out void­ing their war­ranties.

Win­ning Ap­pli­ances brand am­bas­sador Rick Hart said cus­tomers had started to em­brace Amer­i­can-style prod­ucts that of­fered a big, in­dus­trial look and pre­ci­sion cook­ing.

“Hooded bar­be­cues con­tinue to be the pre­ferred op­tion, as they of­fer ver­sa­til­ity and great re­sults for grilling and roast­ing, with ro­tis­serie,” he said.

It isn’t nec­es­sary to spend a for­tune on an out­door cook­ing area, but in­vest­ing in qual­ity equip­ment is im­por­tant be­cause it needs to en­dure ex­po­sure to vary­ing weather con­di­tions.

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