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
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!
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.
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.
Choose a Theme – Selecting 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 Comfortable – Offers 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 Flowing – Brainstorm topics to bring up should the conversation turn stale.
Picture Memories – Snap 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 Fun – Remember it’s a party. Relax and enjoy yourself!
Arizona 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!
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!
Arizona backyard kitchens continue to be a mainstay in landscape designs throughout the Phoenix area. Once only found in the most upscale backyards in Arizona, backyard kitchens are now considered an esstential element for anyone wanting to create a year round outdoor living space. Futhermore, a custom built
backyard kitchen will not only add beauty and functionality to your backyard
landscape but will also add value to your home. An Arizona backyard kitchen ranks among the highest priorities for resale homebuyers.
Arizona Outdoor Kitchen by Dream Retreats
There are a number of options for construction materials and methods as well as equipment and accessories, so I have boiled it down to the best construction choices and most esstential elements when considering building a outdoor backyard kitchen.
First and foremost, I recommend having your outdoor kitchen custom
built, onsite, using masonry material and construction methods. Although
there are a number of bbq stores out there offering pre- built bbq units
made from galvanized 2”x4”’s and pressboard nothing can match the quality and feel, not to mention the customization options possible with masonry
construction. In addition the myth of portability of the pre built units (meaning you can take it with you if you move) is just that, a myth, unless you want to rent a crane! There are endless options for finishing materials from natural stone veneer to granite tile countertops. Perhaps the best thing about a custom built masonry backyard kitchen is it will last a lifetime and cost no more than the prebuilt unit that can start falling apart after a few years of Arizona sun, heat and monsoons.
Arizona Backyard Kitchen by Dream Retreats
When it comes to equipment stainless steel is king in the Phoenix area. Two of the finest bbq units available in Arizona are the lines from Fire Magic and American Outdoor Grill. They are 100% made in America, come with great warranties and have local service people if anything goes wrong (although I haven’t had one bad unit or any complaints in the past 12 years) Beyond the bbq the options are endless from side burners to bartending units you can customize your Arizona backyard kitchen to meet your lifestyle and budget.