Home and Yard: Cook outside, eat outside, with all-weather outdoor kitchens

Summer in Saanich is all about connecting with nature, and there’s to tangible connection better than cooking and eating outdoors.

Summer in Saanich is all about connecting with nature, and there’s to tangible connection better than cooking and eating outdoors.

“A long-term trend we’ve seen is outdoor living, making that extra room in your yard or garden for the summer time with an outdoor kitchen, BBQ, or fire pit,” said Gord Nickel, owner at Wildwood Outdoor Living (formerly Cannor Nursery).

Despite the rainy climate, outdoor kitchens and other features, such as gas fireplaces are popping up all over. And it doesn’t stop there.

Local contractors are building decks and patios with brick ovens, bars and prep areas, as well as water tight storage that keeps utensils safe from the elements.

“The other trend I’ve seen is when people are doing (kitchens), they want to get stuff that lasts,” Nickel said.  “There’s more focus around furniture quality. We sell a furniture line that’s made out of recycled plastic. That stuff, if you like the look of it, it will be the last furniture you buy. Unless your tastes change, it will be with you for a long time. We only sell the outdoor kitchen with built-in BBQ. People are making the change to higher quality BBQ. They’re tired of it rusting out.”



Just Posted

Saanich woman runs marathons to make dreams come true

Hempler gutted her way through 122 kms with minimal breaks, to support Help Fill a Dream Foundation

Tsartlip canoe team pulls for international glory in Australia

Geronimo Canoe Club paddles to Victoria to kick-start fundraising

What’s bugging you? Exterminator talks pests in Victoria

Dealing with pests in the home this summer and beyond

The Nellie McClung Library is booked for June 22 and 23

Friends of the Library announce a big summer book sale the Nellie McClung branch

Average housing prices would have to drop by $413,000 for Victoria to become affordable

Alternatively, salaries need to increase to $134,000 per year, more than double current levels

Victoria Weekender: What’s happening this weekend, June 15-16

Car Free YYJ, a barber battle and an Outdoor Discovery Day

Homalco tour gives glimpse into area’s ‘People, Land, Water’

First Nation business mixes cultural components with wildlife excursions

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Revamped B.C. Lions set to battle veteran Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Lions’ first test of the season will be a big one

No business case for Trans Mountain expansion, says former environment minister

Cabinet is expected to announce its decision on the expansion of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline by Tuesday

LETTER: British Columbia’s forest industry crisis being made worse

Andrew Wilkinson warns of regulatory overload by John Horgan’s NDP

Convicted B.C. child abductor Randall Hopley back in custody 6 months after release

Correctional Services Canada could not provide further details due to privacy concerns

Most Read