Outdoor Cooking Setup: A Recipe for a Great Summer

outdoor grill photoIf you’re like the crew hear at Tru Log, then you want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. That’s why we love the log-cabin lifestyle! Especially in these summer months– the cool mountain weather makes July cookouts something truly special.

But what’s a cookout without the right setup?

Outdoor cooking areas are a great addition to any cabin. But for a lot of us, the cost can be prohibitive– installing kitchen fixtures and surfaces outside can be a whole different beast. That’s why we here at Tru Log put together this list of quick shortcuts to a wonderful summer cookout!

Keep It Simple

A lot of what gives an outdoor cooking area its charm has nothing to do with expensive installations. It’s all about spending a great time in a good place with the people you love! When you’re designing your outdoor kitchen, make sure you keep your priorities in mind. Don’t go overboard when all you need is a good space for grilling!

If you’re like us, you like the simple things in life. This means some good seats, a nice view, and something to cook on. When you’re designing your outdoor cooking area, ask yourself this question: what are the three things you enjoy most about outdoor cooking? Because chances are, once you’ve laid out a good space, all you’ll need is a grill and some chairs.

Get Creative

If you decide you want a fully decked-out outdoor kitchen, there are still options! No matter what your budget is, you can still source the parts you need to get the space you want. Consider your priorities, and take a look at reclaimed material!

There are a lot of things you can do with creativity and reclaimed materials. Take a look at our blog on the subject, and start building! You’ll have the best looking grill-spot in no time.

Learn From the Pros

What’s more important than expensive chrome fixtures? A well-designed space! No matter how much money you spend on your build-out, the important thing is going to be a good first idea. But nobody is an expert right off the bat! Take a look at these great basics from Better Home and Garden on how to best lay out your outdoor space.

No matter what you decide, it’s important to take the time to plan. Even if you’re willing to spend a whole boatload of money, it won’t be worth much if you don’t have the right approach! If you have any questions about construction, contact us. Tru Log can help!

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