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Outdoor Kitchen Pergola Ideas and Alternatives: 5 Designs

Posted by Rachel Allain on Sep 5, 2023 7:46:51 AM

In the heart of sunny San Jose, California, where the weather beckons you to spend more time outdoors, having a well-designed outdoor kitchen pergola is a game-changer. The team at Unlimited Outdoor Kitchen understands that creating a perfect backyard requires careful consideration of all the ways one can get shade.

Keep in mind, you can always use umbrellas as a great and decorative way to get shade. These are just some of the permanent structures we can build to really enhance your backyard. Let's dive into the world of pergolas and some alternative builds, each with its own set of benefits and drawbacks.

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Topics: Pergolas

Boost Your Outdoor Kitchen Sink Utility: 5 Plumbing Tips

Posted by Shelly Salomon on Aug 22, 2023 9:43:26 AM

Installing an outdoor sink within your outdoor kitchen space significantly enhances the kitchen's utility. Put differently, adding an outdoor sink makes your outdoor kitchen fully functional and user-friendly.

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Topics: Kitchens

Small Outdoor Kitchen Ideas: 10 Designs to Work with Your Space

Posted by Rachel Allain on Aug 8, 2023 9:23:57 AM

Outdoor kitchens are a great way to have new outdoor entertainment opportunities. An outdoor kitchen allows you to enjoy the fresh air while prepping meals. While large outdoor kitchens can be expensive, there are many compact and budget-friendly options you can implement in a small backyard.

In this blog post, we'll look at 10 small outdoor kitchen ideas perfect for modest spaces. Whether you're working with a balcony, porch, or yard the size of a postage stamp, these creative layouts make the most of every square foot. We'll go over different configuration ideas, must-have features, space-saving tips to consider.

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Topics: Outdoor kitchen design

Don't Add Fuel To The Fire - Backyard Fire Pit Safety Tips

Posted by Shelly Salomon on Jul 28, 2023 11:50:41 AM

Adding a custom fire pit to your backyard brings a delightful touch, offering the perfect setting to unwind and enjoy the soothing crackle and warmth of a campfire. However, safety should always be a top priority when dealing with fire.

In earlier posts, we've discussed essential fire pit safety guidelines and the optimal methods for constructing an outdoor fireplace. Now, let's shift our attention to the lesser-known hazards lurking in certain fire fuels.

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Topics: Fire Pits, Fire Tables, & Fireplaces

Gather ‘Round: Backyard Fire Pit Landscaping Ideas

Posted by Rachel Allain on Jun 26, 2023 10:59:46 AM

Nothing is better than gathering around an outdoor fire pit and conversing with your friends and family on a summer night. When transforming your backyard into a personal paradise, adding a fire pit can truly bring the whole place together. When adding a fire pit, it’s important to consider the landscaping and surrounding features.

With these in mind, you can create a unique space that combines the custom fire feature seamlessly with your backyard. In this blog post, we will explore backyard fire pit landscaping ideas that can create an inviting space outdoors.

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Topics: Fire Pits, Fire Tables, & Fireplaces

Caring for Granite Outdoor Kitchen Countertops: A 3-Part Guide

Posted by Shelly Salomon on Jun 21, 2023 11:09:00 AM

Granite is one of the most popular materials for outdoor kitchen countertops, and it’s easy to see why. It’s beautiful, durable, and offers flexibility in your outdoor kitchen design. But to keep your outdoor granite countertop looking great, you’ll need to take a few proactive measures. 

This guide provides basic yet essential instructions on properly caring for your outdoor granite countertop. Following these steps will equip you with the knowledge and tools necessary to maintain your outdoor kitchen countertop in excellent condition so you can enjoy its functionality and aesthetic appeal for years to come.

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Topics: Kitchens

Create Memories: Host the Best Memorial Day Party This Year

Posted by Rachel Allain on May 24, 2023 12:25:10 PM

Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner! This gives you the perfect opportunity to show off your new custom outdoor kitchen or fire pit. Throw a party for everyone and create memories that will last a lifetime. You'll get more credibility for being an excellent host, making people want to return to your place for days of fun!

There are many ways to create the best atmosphere for a weekend party, and using your outdoor kitchen, BBQ island, or fire pit can take it to the next level.

Here are a couple of ways to help you host the BEST Memorial Day Party this year for you and your guests.

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Topics: Outdoor Lifestyle

Building an Outdoor Kitchen That's Functional for Fitness

Posted by Shelly Salomon on May 16, 2023 10:30:00 AM

The trend of transforming your backyard kitchen into a "mini-gym" is gaining popularity, and it's not without reason. With many of us leading sedentary lifestyles, finding ways to incorporate physical activity into our daily routines has become increasingly important. Fortunately, an outdoor kitchen built for movement and exercise provides an ideal solution. By tweaking the outdoor kitchen design, people can easily exercise at home, leading to a healthier lifestyle. 

So, how can you make your outdoor kitchen more functional for fitness? Here are four key areas to consider.

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Topics: Outdoor kitchen design

The Best Spices for Seasoning Meat

Posted by Rachel Allain on Apr 27, 2023 10:45:00 AM

This is a tricky topic. There are many different types of meat and cuts and so many different spice blends to test out. We're going to limit this article to the basic meat groups: poultry, fish, beef, pork, and lamb

These are going to be our favorite blends for these different meats, but be sure to take this advice with a grain of salt (literally).

There is much more out there than simply salting and peppering your meat. Experiment with new flavors, and use spices you might not have ever heard of. Here are our favorite blends for seasoning meat. 

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Topics: Cooking Tips

Making an Easter Ham in Your Outdoor Smoker

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Mar 30, 2023 11:45:00 AM

Easter is coming up and, if you’re in charge of providing the main meal, things can get stressful really quickly.

So, what's the best way to avoid stress and create a culinary masterpiece? Having a plan. A delicious, juicy ham has traditionally been the main dish of choice for most families that celebrate Easter. Today we’re going to put a spin on the traditional baked ham and give you some recipes that you can use in your outdoor kitchen smoker. Keep on reading to get some of the best recipes on the internet for smoked ham!

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Topics: Cooking Tips