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Rachel Allain

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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

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

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

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

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

How to Keep Your Backyard Bug-Free

Posted by Rachel Allain on Mar 27, 2023 7:41:47 AM

The weather outside is warming up nicely. Warm weather and blue skies means more outdoor time for you and your family and friends.

But you know who else is enjoying the outdoors and warm weather? The bugs. All of them. And if you grill up a steak on a warm day and serve it to others, you're bound to run into some pests looking for a free meal. So how can you keep all these bugs away?

We've got a couple of solutions for you on how to keep your backyard bug-free. All of these are cruelty and pesticide-free too!

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Topics: Outdoor kitchen design