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Outdoor Kitchen Island Advantages

An island layout is one of the most common outdoor kitchen designs for the patio or backyard. Hailed for its versatility in creating an entertainment hub whether it be poolside, rooftop or in a backyard, it allows guests to gather around on multiple sides to socialize and watch the chef perform culinary magic. Islands also offer the option to create a subtle division of the cooking and outdoor entertaining areas with a simple addition of a raised countertop. In this way, the chef’s work flow continues while still being a part of the activities while cooking outdoors.

Outdoor Kitchen Island

We’ve come up with a list of advantages of having an outdoor kitchen island:

  1. Design Flexibility – No back wall? No problem! An island layout doesn’t require a wall for stability, it’s a simple, free-standing cabinetry unit that consists of one or more cabinets for the outdoor space.
  2. Space for add ons – adding a sink to aid in easy clean-up as well as counter space and seating for socializing expand the entertaining area.
  3. Control Traffic Flow – guests still interact with the chef without interrupting work flow
  4. Create Additional Space – adding a countertop with an overhang creates seating and additional work and food preparation space
  5. Provides Additional Storage – adding cabinets on the back side provides additional storage space and increases the prep area
  6. Gathering Outdoor Living Space – this layout style creates a natural gathering space for guests without disrupting the work flow of the chef. They offer a fun and practical way to entertain family, friends and guests.
  7. Increases engagement – eliminates having one’s back to guests or swimmers since the chef is not facing the wall or back to guests. It can be the center of your outdoor entertainment space.
  8. Increases the value of your home – according to Zillow, outdoor kitchens sell for nearly 30 % more than expected with design styles helping to impact the final sale price. Related blog – Are outdoor kitchens worth the investment?
  9. Design with a purpose – well-placed appliances allow guests to help themselves by accessing the refrigerator or wine cooler without disrupting the chef’s work flow.
  10. Eliminate appliances – with an island layout, outdoor kitchens that are not located under a roof can forego an exhaust fan

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Discussing the selection and placement of the cabinets and add-on appliances to maximize work flow, boost aesthetics and elevate client satisfaction is encouraged. “Working with a designer to gain insight on the best outdoor kitchen layout to suit the end user’s needs is important,” says Victoria Currier, Sales and Design, for Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens. “Once you understand what the user envisions, the layout can be created to not only meet these expectations but to enhance the overall outdoor living experience.” Outdoor kitchen design is taken to a whole other level with the addition of an island.

Looking for design layout insight for the living space outdoors? Contact one of our in-house designers by calling 203-626-5625. Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens is the leader in luxury stainless steel outdoor kitchens.

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Increase in Demand for Outdoor Kitchens

According to Kitchen & Bath Design News, the increase in demand for outdoor kitchens by homeowners continues to trend upward for the third year in a row. This demand means there is plenty of opportunity for remodelers and designers to expand the scope of their client’s outdoor project from a simple barbeque island to a fully-functional entertainment space that includes an outdoor kitchen. Homeowners may be wondering, do outdoor kitchens add value? The short answer is yes, an outdoor living space and kitchen will add value to a home.

Unfortunately, only a small percentage of remodelers are capitalizing on these outdoor space expansion project opportunities. In the past year, more than 80 percent of remodelers surveyed by Qualified Remodeler have completed one or more outdoor living projects. However, less than half have marketed these services to clients looking to update their homes, leaving quite a bit of potential revenue on the table.

How do you meet the demand, enhance the homeowner’s investment and create a new revenue stream for your business?

Since it’s clear homeowners want you to design their backyard as an extension of what they have indoors, affiliating yourself with Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens and Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens affords you the opportunity to entice your clients with the vast and growing possibilities that exist for an outdoor kitchen that fits their lifestyle and expands your bottom line.

To give our new dealers a jump-start, the on-site training at our Connecticut factory provides attendees with:
  • Insights into identifying the proper clientele
  • Design concepts and tips
  • Ways to bring added value to the project
  • Recognizing and capitalizing on trends
  • Using design expertise to help clients envision the lifestyle
  • And an in-depth factory tour

Danver and Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens stainless steel cabinets not only help create functional outdoor living space for single-family residential properties, but for multi-family and commercial properties, as well.

Multifamily Executive advises architects, designers and builders to incorporate elements of hospitality into residential design for multifamily communities including common spaces. “Taking into consideration the lifestyles of renters, a property that caters to professionals or starter families might focus more on open workspaces or outdoor living.” This source cites rooftop lounges as a very hot amenity with renters noting they are used as a space for hosting parties, impressing friends, and boasting a view if their apartment unit is limited.

No doubt, requests for an outdoor kitchen remodel to enhance outdoor living spaces will continue to top the wish lists for home and apartment dwellers urging remodelers to meet these needs. We invite you to discover how Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens and Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens can help you fulfill your client’s outdoor improvements wishlist. We’re here to help you create personalized, full-featured entertainment spaces that offer a variety of cooking experiences.

Contact us to learn how you can become a Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens dealer at marketing@danver.com or Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens marketing@brownjordanoutdoorkitchens.com.

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Outdoor Entertainment Centers – A Backyard Essential

The outdoor kitchen industry is on the rise and innovative amenities, including backyard entertainment systems, are increasing in popularity. In fact, according to a 2016 study by the American Home Furnishings Alliance, over 70 percent of U.S. households have outdoor living areas, and most of them would like to enhance those spaces. With some research, planning, and a little creativity, you can combine your favorite summer activities of pool parties and backyard barbecues with your own outdoor home theater.

Hosting friends and family for a barbecue to watch the big game is a great idea for entertaining. But even with the best backyard space, your guests will end up gathered inside in front of your television for the main event, leaving someone stuck outside at the grill hollering for an update on the score. Installing a TV outside will take your outdoor hosting abilities to a new level and allow you to keep the party centered in your backyard.

Outdoor entertainment centers pair perfectly with Brown Jordan Outdoor kitchens as you can combine your love of food with a sports or movie-watching hobby. By combining a luxury outdoor kitchen with an outdoor entertainment center, you are creating an all-encompassing backyard living space.

Read on to learn why an outdoor entertainment center is perfect for hosting guests in your outdoor space, as well as outdoor entertainment center ideas that will help you create the ideal setup for your installations.

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Select an Outdoor-Rated TV
Location is Key
Choosing a Cabinet Enclosure
Wired or Wireless?
Pump up the Volume
Prepare for Game Day or Movie Night
Choosing Comfortable Seating

Outdoor Entertainment

In modern homes, a backyard can often be as elaborate as the indoors, sometimes incorporating a full kitchen, extensive seating and dining areas, and, of course, electronic entertainment. That means getting sound and video, normally enjoyed under the protection of a roof, safely outdoors. Here’s what you should consider before installing an outdoor entertainment center in your backyard.

Select an Outdoor-Rated TV

Many people will opt against an outdoor-rated television for their backyard entertainment center in order to save some money. However, if you choose a standard TV, you may end up spending more money in the long run. The warranties for most televisions are voided if they are set up outside. Outdoor-rated TVs are designed with brighter, non-glare LED panels to optimize outside viewing. Outdoor-rated televisions also typically have all-weather resin or powder-coated aluminum exteriors that protect their internal components from the damaging effects of rain, snow, sun, dirt, and insects.

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Location Is Key

One of the main things to consider for installing an outdoor entertainment center is the location that you intend to place your entertainment center. You’ll want to think about whether your chosen location receives too much direct light during common viewing times. If the sun reflects off of the screen, it may be hard to see the picture clearly. Additionally, a primary issue with an outdoor television is exposure to heat, which can be avoided by placing it in a location that doesn’t get direct sunlight. To enhance your watching experience, place your outdoor TV screen facing north, so the that sun is behind it. It’s also smart to install the television high enough that it can be seen from several areas of your yard.

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Even though your outdoor entertainment center will be designed to stay outdoors, it’s still a good idea to avoid outside elements as much as possible in order to keep your TV in its best possible condition. Choose a location for your TV that will provide the most protection from the elements, ideally under a covered patio or gazebo. If you have a pool, it’s important to also think about where your entertainment center will be in relation to the water and splash zones. It’s a good idea to place your TV at least 6 feet away from a fireplace or barbecue as well.

Choosing a Cabinet Enclosure

Even if you select an outdoor-rated television for your backyard entertainment center, exposure to outdoor weather conditions 365 days a year is not good for any electronics. Consider installing your TV in an outdoor cabinet to protect it from the outdoor elements and prolong its lifespan. Additionally, placing your TV behind closed cabinet doors will reduce the risk of vandalism and theft.

Wired or Wireless?

The wires for an outdoor entertainment center are not as easy to deal with as your indoor television set where the cables are easily reachable. When you plan for an outdoor entertainment system, you can use a wired or wireless cable installation. A wired system is the most reliable method for connecting your outdoor entertainment center, whereas wireless can be easier to use once it’s installed.

Talk to your cable provider about the wireless cable options they offer. Many cable boxes are small enough to be hidden behind your TV to make for a more sleek, wireless look. Whichever option you choose, make sure to protect any loose wires with outdoor-rated conduit or piping. Normal cables will wear down faster and can crack when they are exposed to outdoor elements.

Pump up the Volume

The best sound from your entertainment center can be amplified throughout your backyard with a sound bar, which can be placed right below your television. Without a sound bar, you may find that your TV is difficult to hear among all the outdoor noise. A sound bar is specifically designed to increase the sound coming from the TV to its fullest. There are also wireless sound bar options available.

In addition to showing sports and movies, an outdoor entertainment system will also allow you to enjoy your favorite music while hosting your guests. The best way to get good sound outdoors is with high-performance wireless speakers. Most of them use bluetooth or Wi-Fi communication to play playlists or radio stations from your phone, tablet, or computer.

Some new speaker models are designed specifically for outdoor use and offer excellent sound quality and weather-proof features. Lots of in ceiling and in-wall speakers intended for home use are weather-resistant and approved by manufacturers for outdoor use on covered decks. If you’re running wires, there are a number of camouflaged speaker options. Rock speakers, which look like garden stones, sit low to the ground and disappear among the shrubbery.

Prepare for Game Day or Movie Night

An outdoor entertainment center is perfect for watching sports coverage during the day and showing a movie at night. Bringing video outside can be more complicated than audio because of the need to feed both audio and video signals along with AC power. Luckily, there are many options for installations that will create a versatile, fun, outdoor entertainment venue in your backyard.

For larger screens and more permanent viewing options, you’ll most likely want to invest in a dedicated, weatherproof outdoor television. Some manufacturers offer televisions up to 80 inches that are designed to keep the elements at bay and temperatures within a normal operating range.

A blue-ray or DVD player may be a good option for showing movies without hooking up a cable box. Streaming video services can also be connected by using a Wi-Fi connection or direct wired hook-up. Whichever content solution you choose, investing in professional installation will ensure the best possible sound and video quality for your backyard entertainment center.

Choose Comfortable Seating

Choosing the right seating to surround your outdoor entertainment center is key for providing optimal comfort for your guests. A large weatherproof sofa is great for accommodating frequent crowds, kids, rain, and the occasional spilled drink. Plush seating is a must-have in any outdoor entertainment space. Make sure you pick weather-resistant materials that will last.

Creating your own outdoor theater and entertainment center can provide hours of fun for your whole family during warm summer evenings. From simple projection theaters to advanced HD outdoor television options, you can customize your backyard entertainment center to provide the best viewing experience for you, your family, and your guests.

Contact us today on 203-626-5625 to find out more about backyard entertainment options and learn about our outdoor kitchen designs.

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Outdoor Grill Appliances: Where to Start

You’ve decided to build an outdoor kitchen with Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens’ 100 percent stainless steel cabinetry, and now you’re ready to select your outdoor grill appliances and accessories. With the wide breadth of brands and products available on the market, how do you know which ones will best suit your lifestyle? Read on to discover the best outdoor kitchen appliances and accessories for your outdoor entertainment space!

Grilling and Cooking Appliances Natural Gas Barbecues

As expected, natural gas barbecues, and even ones that run off propane, are the most popular choice when it comes to choosing grills for your outdoor kitchen. There are many brands to choose from, all of which will are compatible with Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens. The traditional-style grill is a must-have.

Smokers

Many homeowners request ceramic smokers in addition to, or in place of, natural gas grills. Smokers are great for those who enjoy oak- and hickory-infused flavors and, are especially good for summertime backyard barbecues with a Southern flair.

side burnersSide Burners

With the growing trend of bringing the indoors out, more and more outdoor kitchens are being designed with convenience in mind and are outfitted with the best outdoor appliances on the market. Gas side burners allow for at-home chef’s to prepare an entire meal without having step foot inside. While your meat is searing on the grill, side burners can be used to sauté veggies and cook accompanying side dishes. You can even use side burners to create a Low-country Boil seafood boil right at home.

pizza oven cabinetPizza Ovens & More

Are you a pizza connoisseur? Consider adding a wood-fired pizza oven to your outdoor kitchen design. Or, you can also go the more traditional route and install a gas or electric oven. Either way, ovens are perfect for outdoor kitchens, because like the side burner, they allow for preparation of a complete meal without having to commute back and forth to your interior kitchen. As a result, you can enjoy the company of family and friends without having to interrupt conversation flow.

Creating a fully functional and luxury outdoor kitchen means including a variety of outdoor appliances and amenities.

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Memorial Day Grilling Ideas

The outdoor grilling season is here. Kick-off the summer vacation season and Memorial Day weekend by hosting a backyard barbecue highlighting the following scrumptious grilling recipes.

Outdoor Grilling Ideas

Beer Brats – You can’t have a barbecue without a good old-fashioned hot dog! This tasty recipe will have your guests pining for seconds.

Ingredients (serves 10):

  • 4 (12 ounce) cans of beer
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 10 bratwursts
  • 2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper

Directions: Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat. When hot, lightly oil grate. Combine the beer and onions in a large pot; bring to a boil. Submerge the bratwurst in the beer; add the red pepper flakes, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat to medium and cook another 10 to 12 minutes. Remove the bratwurst from the beer mixture; reduce heat to low, and continue cooking the onions. Cook the bratwurst on the preheated grill, turning once, 5 to 10 minutes. Serve with the beer mixture as a topping or side.

Grilled Corn on the Cob – We don’t know about you, but corn on the cob is a “must-have” if you’re planning a Memorial Day weekend outdoor cookout.

Ingredients (serves 6):

  • 6 ears of corn
  • 6 tablespoons of butter, softened
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil grate. Peel back corn husks and remove silk. Place 1 tablespoon butter, salt and pepper on each piece of corn. Close husks. Wrap each ear of corn tightly in aluminum foil. Place on the prepared grill. Cook approximately 30 minutes, turning occasionally, until corn is tender.

Honey Chicken Kabobs – Meat on a stick; what more can you ask for? This simple, fresh main course dish is perfect for entertaining.

Ingredients (serves 12):

  • 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • 1/3 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 5 small onions, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • Skewers

Directions: In a large bowl, whisk together oil, honey, soy sauce, and pepper. Before adding chicken, reserve a small amount of marinade for brushing onto kabobs while cooking. Place the chicken, garlic, onions and peppers in the bowl, and marinate in the refrigerator at least 2 hours (the longer the better).

Preheat the grill for high heat. Drain marinade from the chicken and vegetables, and discard marinade. Thread chicken and vegetables alternately onto the skewers. Lightly oil the grill grate. Place the skewers on the grill. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes, until chicken juices run clear. Turn and brush with reserved marinade frequently.

Grilled Veggies – For health conscious party-goers, this grilled vegetable recipe is a safe bet. Best of all, you can substitute a variety of other veggies such as onions, peppers and mushrooms.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 2 eggplants, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 3 zucchinis, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 2 green bell peppers, cut into 1/2-inch slices

Directions: Whisk olive oil, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Toss eggplants, zucchinis, and bell peppers in soy sauce marinade. Marinate for about 45 minutes. Preheat grill to a medium heat and lightly oil the grate. Remove vegetables from marinade, shaking off excess. Grill vegetables until tender, about 10 to 15 minutes, brushing vegetables with marinade. Transfer cooked vegetables to a platter and serve with any remaining marinade.

Grilled Peaches and Cream – Cap off your outdoor barbecue with this sophisticated yet simple treat.

Ingredients (serves 8):

  • 4 peaches, halved and pitted
  • 2 tablespoons of clover honey
  • 1 cup of soft cream cheese with honey and nuts
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

Directions: Preheat a grill for medium-high heat. Brush peaches with a light coating of oil. Place pit side down onto the grill. Grill for 5 minutes, or until the surfaces have nice grill marks. Turn the peaches over, and drizzle with a bit of honey. Place a dollop of the cream cheese spread in the place where the pit was. Grill for 2 to 3 more minutes, or until filling is warm. Serve immediately.

Other Popular Grilling Options Include:

  • grilled chicken and chicken skewers
  • grilled salmon
  • grilled steak
  • grilled sausage
  • grilled asparagus

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Prepare for Spring and Summer Entertaining!

After this past winter, we are beyond ready to enjoy the great outdoors, whether it’s a high-energy sport, a game among friends or simply lounging on the back patio. Here are five tips to prepare your home for this year’s casual entertainment season.

Tip #1: Comfy, Weatherproof Seating
Nothing can make your patio more welcoming than a cozy place to sit. Brightly colored or patterned cushions for outdoor lounging may make the space your new favorite “staycation” spot.

Tip #2: An Ever-convenient Outdoor Kitchen
Outdoor rooms are an extension of the home, so keep everything you could possibly need outside. For example, our outdoor kitchen will keep your beverages cool, the food hot and your guests continually impressed by the aesthetic appeal of your stylish outdoor cooking area.

Tip #3: Discreet Pest Repellant
Prevent the discomfort of your welcomed guest by blocking out the unwelcoming ones. Decorative, pest repelling burners can be subtle yet effective; some even double as outdoor lighting. Thank us later!

Tip #4: Shade Systems
This time of year brings the beauty of sunshine, warm rain showers and oh-so-hot ultraviolet rays. Whether you opt for a pergola, gazebo, retractable awning, or a large umbrella, a functional shade system will help keep the party going, no matter the weather.

Tip #5: Nice Tableware
Outdoor tableware is where you exercise your attention to detail. Selecting a table setting that complements your seat cushions and shade system will make your entertainment space an all-around design success.

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Trending White

kitchen cabinets powder coat finishesIf you follow color trends, you probably have already received the low-down on Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore’s top hues for 2016, Alabaster and Simply White, respectively. These neutral tones combine sophistication with subtle beauty.

According to Jackie Jordan, Sherwin-Williams director of color marketing, “Alabaster represents a straightforward and necessary shift to mindfulness. It provides an oasis of calmness, spirituality and ‘less is more’ visual relief. Alabaster is neither stark nor overly warm, but rather an understated and alluring white.”

Similarly, the color experts at Benjamin Moore chose Simply White based on their extensive research and visiting trends shows across the country. “White is a perfect way to define a space in a really beautiful and sophisticated way,” Andrea Magno, manager, color and design studio at Benjamin Moore, stated in a recent video.

When it comes to outdoor spaces, the same color trends as interiors can be applied. As part of Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens’ extensive collection of powder coat finishes, we offer White Lite as well as a White-washed wood grain to match this year’s neutral color picks. In addition, Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens’ powder coat finishes can be applied to a variety of door styles, including louver, bead board and Palm Beach, among others. The combination of door styles and white-hued powder coat finishes enables homeowners to create an outdoor kitchen that rejuvenates the mind and promotes relaxation.

For a complete “white on white” look, Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens has partnered with Dekton by Cosentino, which offers several countertop options in shades of white. The Dekton surface is made from a sophisticated blend of glass, porcelain and quartz and offers UV resistance for color stability outdoors, exceptional strength and high resistance to impacts, scratches and abrasion for use in high-traffic areas, and almost zero water absorption.

What do you think, did Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore hit the mark this year?

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A New York Minute

The average American works approximately 47 hours a week, though reports indicate that many work at least 50 hours each week, according to a recent article published by The Washington Post. With added workloads and extended travel time, stress levels are at an all-time high. As a result the need for weekend retreats has increased significantly.

Nestled in East Northport, New York, this backyard haven is a perfect example of a weekend escape. Designed by Liz Thalheimer of Thalheimer Architecture, this exterior space is made for rest and relaxation.

“These homeowners have very hectic work schedules,” Liz explained. “Their goal was to create an outdoor kitchen and living area where they can enjoy, kick-back and entertain friends and family on the weekends.”

The outdoor kitchen area by Cori Schramm of Atlantic Outdoor Living features Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens 100-percent stainless steel cabinetry in the Key West door style with a Pompeiian Gold powder coat finish. The infill is textured titanium. Ken Reilly, owner of KR Sales and a regional representative of Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens, recommended the cabinetry for this particular project.

“Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens’ stainless steel cabinetry was the best choice for this installation,” said Ken. “With the combination of cold, snowy winters and hot summers, one of the most important factors to consider was durability.” In addition, the wide variety of door styles and color options also played a role in the decision-making process.

One on the biggest challenges of this project was the location itself. The original backyard was destroyed in 2012 when Superstorm Sandy made landfall. After the clean-up process took place, the homeowners turned to Thalheimer Architecture for the reconstruction process. It was at that point they decided to build an outdoor kitchen on the existing patio area.

Due to the limited space, Thalheimer, Schramm and their design teams had to strategically map out where to place the amenities on the homeowners’ wish list, including a smoker, EVO grill, icemaker, power burner, as well as a two-drawer refrigerator. “We had to ensure the outdoor kitchen’s layout could accommodate all the appliances while also leaving enough room for entertaining,” said Cori.

The outdoor kitchen also features a countertop-height, fireside chat table, which creates a space for intimate gatherings. Covering the entire outdoor kitchen is a louvered roof system by American Louvered Roof Systems. Together, the fire table and the shade structure allow the homeowners to maximize their time outdoors, from spring through fall.

Visit www.thalheimerarchitecture.com to learn more about Thalheimer Architecture. For more information about Atlantic Outdoor Living, visit www.atlanticoutdoorliving.com.

Photo Credit is: Steven Paul Whitsitt Photography 

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History of Outdoor Kitchens: A Look Back In Time…

History of Outdoor Kitchens
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Do you ever wonder where and when the concept of outdoor grilling and cooking came into play? While it’s a favorite pastime for many homeowners today, during the Bronze Age, grilling was a novelty. Soon after the discovery of fire, some of the earliest “grills” were created. In fact, archaeologists found evidence of grills as early as 2300 BC.

Let’s fast forward to the 1600s. The first accounts of outdoor grills in the Western world come from the West Indies. The island natives coined the term “barbacoa,” which generally refers to meats or whole sheep slow-cooked over an open fire. Colonial settlers and explorers adopted this practice and brought the idea of barbecuing to the southeastern United States, and so the era of grilling for pleasure was born.

Southerners experimented with slow roasting whole pigs and other types of meats caked in unique sauces and wood chips, resulting in a tender, flavorful meals. Even our nation’s first president, George Washington, recounted in his diary May 27, 1769 his first barbecue social gathering in Alexandria, Virginia. Andrew Jackson planted “barbecue trees” on the Whitehouse’s grounds as fuel for his presidential cookouts.

In the late 1800s, the first “briquette” was patented by Ellsworth B.A. Zwoyer, but didn’t turn heads until E.G. Kingsford, a relative of Henry Ford, created the modern-day charcoal briquette in the 1920s. From there various versions of the charcoal grill were created. However, in the early 1950s, the first outdoor gas grill was invented by Don McGlaughlin, owner of the Chicago Combustion Corp., known today as LazyMan. And, in 1958, the first natural gas grill was manufactured. It was only then that backyard grilling and entertaining became a staple among the American lifestyle.

Since the 1960s other grills and cooking stations have emerged, from propane barbecues to fire-clay smokers. All the while, outdoor gatherings continued to play a role in everyday life. It wasn’t until the late-1990s that outdoor kitchen cabinet manufacturers such as Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens entered the scene. The idea of creating a built-in space that could house all types of grilling products for a one-stop-shop experience appealed to homeowners. It meant that they could enjoy socializing with friends and family while preparing a meal, without having to cart utensils and other grilling products back and forth.

Today, outdoor kitchens can be created to match any homeowners’ lifestyle and design preference. From various cabinet door styles available in a multitude of powder coat finishes to technologically advanced grilling products and accessories, outdoor kitchens and living spaces have become extensions of the home; they are a place made for entertaining and enjoying America’s favorite pastime.

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Mobile Outdoor Kitchens at KBIS

Kitchen and bath and other design-build professionals, are you attending the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, Jan. 19-21, 2016 in Las Vegas? If so, be sure to drop by the Cosentino booth (N2149), where we will be co-located, or our sister company Danver at the International Builders’ Show (S2122), to see our newest product, mobile outdoor kitchens.

You may be wondering how and why we came up with the idea to manufacture an outdoor kitchen on wheels. With the popularity of outdoor kitchens on the rise, the evolution of moving towards a mobile design was clearly the next step. Not to mention the fact that many of our customers had been asking for a mobile outdoor kitchen solution that is virtually maintenance-free and versatile for hospitality applications. The portability of the mobile kitchen allows staff members to effectively delineate entertainment areas, customize private events and take advantage of the latest trend of interacting with guests.

In addition, Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens’ mobile outdoor kitchens can also be used in residential settings. Several of our designer customers have received requests for the modular units to allow for versatility in backyard spaces made for entertaining. Whether being used near the pool area for an intimate gathering, or a designated patio for large parties, these mobile outdoor kitchens make it easy to host events.

Mobile outdoor kitchensThe frameless European-style, modular cabinets add storage, organization and luxury to any residential or hospitality backdrop, while exemplifying beauty, class and elegance. Functionally, these mobile units can be configured in any combination as fully operational outdoor cooking stations, bars and prep areas, while defining exclusive entertainment space anywhere on resort properties or backyard havens.

Aesthetically, each brand of roll-around kitchens feature a variety of exclusive door styles, which can be powder coated with designer colors, faux wood grains and metallic hues that are applied directly to 100 percent stainless steel. The outdoor cabinets are constructed for maximum durability and maintenance-free beauty.

Regardless of the location, Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens are made to withstand the harshest weather conditions, including salt air and muriatic acid. This allows the roll-around outdoor kitchen cabinets to maintain their beauty on the oceanfront, in arid deserts or mountain snows.

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