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Using Outdoor Kitchens Are A Great Way To Enjoy The Beautiful Thanksgiving Weather

With the Phoenix forecast being in the mid-80’s next week why not enjoy Thanksgiving day in your backyard?  With our great fall weather we are fortunate to have the option of spreading our Thanksgiving festivities inside and outside. Outdoor Kitchens are a great alternative for cooking your turkey! With countless testimonials and recipes on the internet claiming that grilled turkeys are more tender and juicy why not give it a try? In addition your oven will be free for cooking side dishes.  No more worrying about having enough oven space to get the entire meal cooked and served warm enough for your guests. Also grilling your turkey doesn’t prevent you from being able to make homemade gravy.  Place a metal pan under the turkey inside the roasting pan to collect the drippings. Enjoy your family and guests while grilling outside in the beautiful Phoenix fall weather! 

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Outdoor Kitchens in Arizona

Outdoor kitchens are a great alternative to cook a Thanksgiving turkey while enjoying your backyard.  An outdoor kitchen is a required element for the majority of our clients and continues to be a central focal point in a backyard landscape design. Creating a landscape design customized to your lifestyle adds additional living space to enjoy.   Also the value of your home increases with a usable and visually aesthetic backyard design.    Enjoy Thanksgiving this year by lighting up your grill and enjoy spending time with family and friends!Awesome Phoenix Outdoor Kitchens

Arizona Outdoor Kitchens Are Great Addition To Backyard Fun!

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Gilbert Landscape Outdoor Kitchen by Dream Retreats

Investing in an outdoor kitchen will add utility, value and enjoyment to your Arizona backyard landscape design!  When planning for your new backyard kitchen there are some factors to keep in mind.

  1. LOCATION – The ideal location usually means a place that avoids main traffic flow yet is easily accessible.  Also do you want the outdoor kitchen to be the “front & center” focal point of the landscape design or is it envisioned to complement your swimming pool, patio seating area or even a water/fire feature?
  2. DESIGN –  Outdoor kitchens can be made any way you want!  They can be designed  and constructed to match your home or they can be created to take on a specific theme your wanting to create in your backyard.  The benefit of hiring a reputable design/build landscape company is you can have the confidence in them that will have the expertise and experience to help you bring your dream outdoor kitchen to a reality.
  3. FEATURES – The backyard BBQ is just one of the many feature options you can have in your outdoor kitchen.  Our outdoor kitchens range from having the high quality custom backyard BBQ to adding 5 additional features along with the BBQ.  Some features homeowners are choosing in their outdoor kitchens are refrigerators, warming trays, sinks with running water, beverage cooler tubs and pizza ovens.  You may choose to have your backyard kitchen open or covered with a pergola.
  4. BUDGET – Your budget will need to be considered when planning for your outdoor kitchen.  You can add or leave out any feature when you are working with a custom design/build landscape firm.
Beautiful Outdoor Kitchens in Arizona

Beautiful Outdoor Kitchens in Arizona

Make sure you work with a landscape company that will work with you to create an outdoor kitchen to fit you and your lifestyle.  One of the best things about having an outdoor kitchen in Arizona is that it can be used and enjoyed year round!!

Arizona Backyard Landscapes = Place To Be Super Bowl Sunday!

It’s football weekend!!  This time of year, Arizona landscaping is the best place to celebrate the “Big Game.”  We’ve got plenty of tips for making your outdoor living space the place to be with friends and family.

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Arizona Backyard Kitchen by Dream Retreats

Arizona Outdoor Kitchens are a great place to start the pregame.


Arizona Backyard Landscape Entertaining

Beverage Station by Dream Retreats



Keep plenty of cold beverages within easy reach.  Adding a drink station or a mini-fridge to your outdoor kitchen is a small investment you won’t regret.




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Arizona Landscape & Spa by Dream Retreats



A dip in the hot tub is a perfect ending to celebrate victory or sulk away the stress of defeat!



Check out our Pinterest boards for more decorating, food & game ideas for your outdoor entertaining!

Choosing An Outdoor BBQ For Your Phoenix Landscape Design

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Custom Backyard BBQ by Dream Retreats

A built-in BBQ is the centerpiece  for Arizona outdoor kitchens.  It’s a key factor in outdoor entertainment.  Whether you plan to use your grill for nightly dinners or entertain for a group of 30 outdoors, choosing the right backyard BBQ for your needs in important.

1)  Deciding On The Correct Size:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              First things first, where will your outdoor BBQ be located?  A smaller enclosed patio will need a grill that conserves space, while a larger , open area can make use of a much bigger grill.  The amount of food you plan to cook is equally important when deciding on the size.  Make sure you choose a grill size large enough to accommodate your outdoor cooking needs.

2)  Choosing the Right Features:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       There are many different features that can contribute to your outdoor grilling.  Before getting overwhelmed with all of them, decide what features you would like to have the most.

3)  Finding Your Perfect Look:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Arizona BBQ grills for your Phoenix landscape design should compliment the overall style of your outdoor living space, as well as your home.  You want to select a color, finish and style that suits your design.

 Dream Retreats is an Arizona professional landscape contractor where each outdoor kitchen is specifically designed and built for your outdoor space and specific style.  We custom build with masonry materials each outdoor kitchen.

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Scottsdale Landscape Custom BBQ by Dream Retreats

Backyard Kitchen Designs Are An Extension Of Your Home

Beautiful Outdoor Kitchens in Arizona

Beautiful Outdoor Kitchens in Arizona

Along with many others in the landscape architecture and construction industry, we have designed and built many outdoor living spaces which become extensions to the home.  An outdoor kitchen is an extension of the home which is constantly growing in demand and design.  Depending on our client’s vision,  we have designed and built simple outdoor BBQ’s to complete backyard kitchens which include refrigerators, prepping stations, and bar/seating areas.  Our landscape architecture and design team strive for each client to have their backyard be a place of retreat and peace of mind.

Arizona Backyard Kitchen by Dream Retreats

Arizona Backyard Kitchen by Dream Retreats

We are hearing over and over again from our clients that they want to spend more time at home and make their home as nice as possible.  Many of our clients are looking for ways to extend their ability to stay outdoors along with preparing their meals.  Extending patios, outdoor fireplaces or firepits,  water features and putting greens are ways they are accomplishing this. Essentially the backyard becomes a social gathering place for family and friends.

Many industry leaders believe that the continued retreat-to-the-backyard attitude is a result of the national economy over the past number of years.  Homeowners are wanting to reinvest in their home.  Rather than buying a new home, people continue to update their current residence.  The backyard is often the first place homeowners go to a create their Dream Retreat!  We offer FREE design consultations!

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Perfect Steaks Using Your Arizona Outdoor Kitchen

Grilling the perfect steak is easy!  Gilbert landscape design bbq

1.  Let the steak reach room temperature.

2.  Trim the steak of excess fat. Strips of fat should only be 1/4 inch thick.

3.  Season to your liking. Some fresh cracked pepper, garlic powder, whatever you like.

4.  Preheat gas grill on high.

5.  Oil the meat. Oil on the grate will burn off so brush a light coat of oil on the steak.

6.  Place steak on grill and close the lid for one minute.

7.  Lift lid and turn steak over. Close lid and continue grilling for another minute.

8.  Turn again and continue for 2 plus 1 minute per 1/2 inch (1 1/2 inch equals 3 minutes). These times are, of course, estimates. Depending on your   grill and other conditions it might take less or more time. This is where experience comes into play.

9.  Turn for the fourth time and continue grilling for 2 plus 1 minute per 1/2 inch.

10. Check for doneness with a meat thermometer.

11. Let steak rest for 5 minutes before carving or serving.

Tip:  Letting the steak rest before you eat it is an important trick. This allows the juices to seep throughout the meat and gives you a much more flavorful steak.

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Entertaining Tips Using An Arizona Outdoor Kitchen

Now is a great time to host an outdoor get-together!  The kids are out of school, the evening weather is nice, and the pool is refreshing.  A few tips for planning your next outdoor party.

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Choose a ThemeSelecting a theme for your get-together helps create a festive atmosphere.  All-American BBQ with burgers and hot dogs to celebrate Independence Day, or margaritas and a mariachi band for a fiesta.

Make Guests ComfortableOffers guests a beverage upon their arrival,  and provide seating to accomodate the crowd you’re expecting.

Keep Food Simple – Use your backyard BBQ for preparing most of the food.  It’s usually easier with less mess and gives you the opportunity to socialize while preparing the food.

Keep The Conversation FlowingBrainstorm topics to bring up should the conversation turn stale.

Picture MemoriesSnap photos before and during the party.  Before pictures will be your reference of what you did with your party decor and set-up.  Party pics will inspire you to have your next get-together!

Relax and Have FunRemember it’s a party.  Relax and enjoy yourself!

Outdoor Kitchens in Arizona are a Hot Trend!!

Outdoor Kitchens ArizonaArizona outdoor living remains one of the fastest-growing segments of residential construction.  As homeowners look to extend living and entertainment spaces without greatly impacting budgets, more are choosing to build out formal outdoor spaces.  Increasingly, buyers and homeowners are demanding more sophisticated features that can serve their needs year-round.  This trend is evidenced by the growing popularity of Arizona outdoor kitchens.

With Arizona’s climate, homeowners have the ability to use an outdoor kitchen all year.  It’s a great spot to entertain with friends and relax with family.   In addition, it adds value to your home by adding additional living space.  Finally, lets not forget the money homeowners can save on electricity by not  heating up their indoor kitchen throughout the summer!

Outdoor Kitchens Arizona

Arizona outdoor kitchen designs are endless!  Dream Retreats Landscape & Design custom designs and builds each outdoor kitchen.  Each outdoor kitchen we build will fit perfectly in the space is was designed for.  All of our outdoor kitchens are 100% masonry built which will withstand the Arizona weather.

Whether entertaining with friends, relaxing with family, adding value to a home, or saving money on electricity an outdoor kitchen in Arizona is a great feature for homeowners!Gilbert Landscape Design BBQ

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