With ever more of us getting into cooking and gardening, it is small wonder that we have seen demand for our outdoor kitchens surge in this last year. There is a sort of freedom to cooking al fresco that is uniquely enjoyable, and anyone who is even a little keen on cuisine will know that good kit really does make a difference, as does having plenty of prep area, storage and a sink. A really high performance grill is a given, but ceramic ovens, pizza ovens, teppanyaki… there is plenty to choose from. Encased in beautiful craftsman-made oak cabinetry, the outdoor kitchen becomes one of the loveliest and fun spaces of the home.
Surrounding an outdoor kitchen with edible planting gives us the added bonus of the very freshest ingredients at just an arm’s length. A beautifully simple luxury in itself, the herb garden is a wonderful way to hook the children into enjoying growing things, as so many families have found.
As the weather warms up, we might well make use of that extended wifi (and a good, comfortable outdoor chair is essential), but privacy matters here – a hedge, planted partition or simply an open parasol provide excellent sound screening from a neighbour’s competing zoom call, or the family letting off steam on the lawn. Gaze Burvill is the UK supplier for TUUCI parasols, high performance models from Miami-based ’The Ultimate Umbrella Company Incorporated’.