Outdoor kitchens have been popular in countries like America and Australia for decades. But in the last 5-10 years, we have seen a steady increase in demand for people wanting to embrace outdoor living in the UK.
There is no doubt that extending the living space of a house into the garden is a good move. Looking at trends such as bifold doors and open plan living spaces shows how people are shifting into a true ‘bring the indoors out’ approach to housing design.
And it is more than just kerb appeal. In 2020, fuelled by the national lockdown experienced, demand for outdoor living and outdoor cooking has reached new heights. The extra time people have spent at home has resulted in a boom for home and garden improvements, with designers and landscapers across the UK struggling to keep up with demand. Coupled with the ability to socialise outdoors, summer 2020 really put outdoor living firmly on the UK map.
So, what is an outdoor kitchen? Dougal Donald, Grillo’s co-founder, says that a Grillo outdoor kitchen is so much more than a place to cook up beef burgers and sausages. “Our vision is to bring people together around food and flames. So, instead of having the barbecue tucked away in the corner, we wanted to bring guests and host together, and to enable socialising and cooking to happen in one place.”
What about the weather, we hear you say? Well, if you’ve ever travelled to Australia or parts of America which experience 30-40°C summers, you’ll know that staying outside in those temperatures is pretty unbearable. One of the great things about the UK is our moderate pleasant summers, ideal for enjoying the sunshine and a good barbecue. Roll out the great British outdoors!