Imagine coming home after a hard day’s work to unwind in your own personal outdoor sanctuary. Imagine dining al fresco, enjoying a delicious meal prepared on the grill of your outdoor kitchen. Then imagine spending the evening under the stars as you relax by the fireplace in your outdoor living room.

Outdoor living spaces like this are ideal venues for entertaining, allowing you to expand the functional area of your home beyond the confines of its walls. Manufactured stone veneer makes it easy to create such an outdoor oasis, the harmonious blending of interior design with exterior landscaping.

Stone Veneer Kitchen Types

The first element to consider is the kitchen. There are two options to help you design an outdoor kitchen to suit both your environment and your budget.

Modular Kitchen Islands

This is a semi-custom option in which you choose the units you desire, then mason company works with you to select the manufactured stone matching your environment. Accent finishes can include stucco, granite, and more.

Custom Kitchen Islands

This completely custom option gives you a unique design unlike anything you’ll find on the market. For example, you may choose a detailed stone veneer fireplace, perhaps a pizza oven, a bar, food preparation and cooking areas, and a seating area. Our experienced landscape architect will match the finish to your existing pool or pavilion, precisely reflecting your lifestyle and personality.

Outdoor Kitchen Shapes

Your outdoor kitchen island can be a simple rectangular unit, or it can have multiple angles of varying degrees. Popular shapes are Vs and Ls. It all depends on the appliances and amenities you wish to accommodate. Consider a design that provides an area for stools arranged so you can face and converse with your guests as you cook.

Outdoor Living Rooms

An outdoor living space can consist of just a kitchen, but why not create a complete and harmonious environment that encompasses an area to sit and relax as well? Think about including a traditional fire pit, clad in rustic stone veneer. Wood-burning or fuelled by propane or natural gas, it would make an ideal centrepiece for your backyard.

While a fireplace or fire-pit provides ambient light and warmth, it won’t protect you from the elements. For that you’ll need a shelter such as an awning or a pergola. This can be sized to cover just the kitchen area, or the entire living space. The pillars for the shelter can be clad in the same stone veneer you’ve chosen for your fireplace and kitchen, blending in with your overall landscape design.

A Lifestyle Investment

Your outdoor living space can be both a retreat from the world and a reflection of your lifestyle. But it’s also a wise and practical investment. Studies have proven that well designed and constructed backyard kitchens and living rooms retain as much as 81% of their value, contributing to the resale price of your home.

Jerry Lebiedzinski is the President of Stone Selex, a premier supplier of artificial stone wall and manufactured stone in Canada. Stone Selex is ideally suited to help you realize that investment. Our professional staff draws on years of experience in the design and construction industry, and takes pride in offering you thoughtful, personalized service.

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