Cre­ate the per­fect out­door kitchen space

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TIP OF THE WEEK

Now that warmer weather is here, you want to spend as much time out­doors as pos­si­ble — and that in­cludes meal­time. But what if your out­door kitchen space is lack­ing? Worry not! There are sev­eral easy, af­ford­able projects that can help you trans­form the area into the per­fect cooking and en­ter­tain­ing area. Give th­ese projects a try to recre­ate your space.

Build a bar­be­cue cover. Give your kitchen a beau­ti­ful out­door shel­ter by build­ing a bar­be­cue cover from West­ern Red Cedar. This nat­u­ral wood is re­sis­tant to rot, de­cay and in­sects, and it will look great no mat­ter what the weather brings, turn­ing a beau­ti­ful sil­ver grey patina if left to weather nat­u­rally. Build­ing the cover is easy: Fol­low the nine-step process found at Real­Cedar.com.

Find the per­fect light. Look­ing to make your out­door kitchen an area ev­ery­one wants to be in, even at night? For­get the deck light and opt for am­bi­ent light­ing op­tions in­stead. Track light­ing can be strung across your space eas­ily to make the kitchen a wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment. And if you want to be more unique, you can find sim­ple in­struc­tions on­line for build­ing wine-bot­tle torches or Ma­son jar lamps.

A place for guests to dine. En­joy the food where it was made by build­ing a dining ta­ble and chairs from West­ern Red Cedar. Build­ing a ta­ble is eas­ier than you think, and red cedar can be fin­ished any­way you like. This al­lows you to cre­ate fur­ni­ture per­fect for a more tra­di­tional or mod­ern kitchen.

Pro­vide a lit­tle shade. Make those sum­mer af­ter­noons en­joy­able and com­fort­able by pro­vid­ing some shade for your guests. Pa­tio um­brel­las are a help­ful ad­di­tion to any seat­ing area. To cover a larger space, you could also opt for an all-en­com­pass­ing re­tractable awning that will pro­vide shade when you need it and peel away when ev­ery­one wants a lit­tle sun.

— Brand­point

HOME-SELL­ING TIP

Add a fresh sent to the air. Your home should be pleas­ing to the eye as well as pleas­ing to the nose. Re­al­tors have rec­og­nized the benefits of great smells for years. You can keep your home smelling great through­out the show­ing by us­ing pure es­sen­tial oils from Aura Ca­cia. Mix salt and oils, pour into a dec­o­ra­tive dish or bowl and set out on a ta­ble. Plac­ing the crys­tals in a warm sunny win­dow or near a heat reg­is­ter will help dif­fuse the de­li­cious aroma through­out the room. Stir in ad­di­tional es­sen­tial oils to boost the scent as needed.

— Brand­point

DEC­O­RAT­ING TIP

An easy way to add char­ac­ter to your main living room space is to in­cor­po­rate pieces that tell a story. Trea­sured me­men­tos from spe­cial va­ca­tions or frames filled with pic­tures of your loved ones give a per­sonal touch to the room, while giv­ing guests a deeper glimpse of the things that mat­ter most to you. An­other strat­egy for smart ac­ces­soriz­ing is us­ing items that do dou­ble-duty, such as adding a pretty wax can­dle that brings and invit­ing scent to the room.

— Fam­ily Fea­tures

GAR­DEN GUIDE

Wa­ter only where it’s needed so it doesn’t go to waste. When you use a lawn sprin­kler to wa­ter your gar­den, much of the spray misses your flow­ers and veg­eta­bles and ends up on the grass, the side­walk or the neigh­bor’s yard. Make cer­tain the wa­ter gets to the roots of your plants via a drip-ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem like Rain­drip. Rain­drip ir­ri­ga­tion uses 70 per­cent less wa­ter than un­der­ground sprin­klers and frees the user from con­stantly haul­ing around hoses be­cause the sys­tem stays in your gar­den all sum­mer long.

— Brand­point

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