Sherwood for the Win- Best Outdoor Kitchen 2018

We are super excited for our Forest Knoll project to be awarded best outdoor kitchen at the National Kitchen and Bath Design Excellence awards here in BC.

With a large family of 7 we were tasked to design a flexible outdoor kitchen for our client. With a garden that is used often for private family gatherings, both parties ranging from birthdays to Superbowl Sundays our client wanted a large flexible kitchen that could handle just about any event you could throw at it.

 It was important to tie the new kitchen design in with the existing aesthetic of the house, whilst also elevating the space to be a touch more modern. Surrounded by greenery we wanted to  incorporate warmer wood tone into to the design which would also sit naturally in this exterior setting. Installing warm natural cedar in the roofing we were able to make the space feel warm and inviting. The custom lowered cedar lighting track added acted a visual feature piece at the same time added functional task lighting across all areas of the kitchen for those evening parties.

To cater for consistent large events we had to scale up the appliances. The 56” Alfresco grill is the largest on the market with almost a 1000 sq inches of cooking surface, sear zone and 2 rotisseries. To compliment the grill we also included both a 24” Versa power burner with teppanyaki griddle to be used for crab cooks and fry veggies as well as a double side burner for more conventional cooking needs. A 24” wide sink provided a cool zone for both food and beer, and a large 31” wide granite sink and commercial faucet to help aid in the cleaning up of the party army.

With a large amount of appliances work surface became a premium. To get around this we custom designed an aluminum frame finished in powder coated panels to match the doors. These removable panels also allowed easy access to the new electrical panel that had to be fitted on the back wall. This provided a easy solution  the electrics but the gas requirements needed for this space provided more of a challenge.  With all the appliances + 2 outdoor roof mounted heaters we had to a total of 247,000 BTUs to account for with a new gas manifold installed in the grill cabinet.

With this kitchen we were able to create a space that was warm and inviting for a family to host a summer soirée but flexible in scale to entertain the entire little league.

Globe and Mail: Wine on-demand and other must-haves in the luxury home

Apr 27, 2018

With the move to smaller, better designed spaces and higher-end finishes, outdoor spaces are changing as well, especially on the West Coast, where they can be used year-round.

Matt Herbert, general manager of Sherwood Outdoor Kitchens in Vancouver, says outdoor areas are no longer afterthoughts, and architects are now including outdoor space as part of the build.

“The look used to be stone-heavy, but now they’re looking for more contemporary finishes and practicality,” he said, adding that stainless steel and powder-coated finishes on cabinetry offer a practical, modern look that complements the interior.

Prices start at $20,000 for an outdoor kitchen, climbing to around $50,000 with appliances such as Wolf grills ($10,000) and gas pizza ovens ($14,000).

See complete article here.

Ginger Jar Furniture Partnership

After back to back shows with Buildex and the Home and Garden show we are ready to rock grilling season with our outdoor kitchens.
As we approach  the summer Sherwood is excited to announce our partnership with Ginger Jar furniture. Having been established 37 years Sherwood is proud to be collaborating with North Vancouver’s premier furniture store. Offering the finest selection of furniture on the West Coast it is the natural choice to send our clients.
Sherwood’s famous Blue kitchen is now on permanent display at the Ginger Jar, where we will also be offering our services to assist in expanding entertaining spaces with our outdoor cabinetry.
Check out some of the pictures from the recent Rolf Benz furniture launch. Two Rivers Meats fired up our grill and kept all the furniture aficionados well fed with their organic grass fed Bratwurst and home made mustard. Bring on the summer…

Special thanks to the other great sponsors, Rolf Benz, Audi, Two River Meats, Everything Wine and Western Living Magazine.

NKBA Design Excellence Awards

Even though we specialize in outdoor kitchens our background comes from years of experience in the interior world. We still sometimes take on certain projects that capture our passion for design. This was one of them projects. As well as being nominated for “Designer of the Year” at the recent National Kitchen and Bath Design Excellence awards, our Bachelor Penthouse project took home “Small Kitchen of the Year”. Check out the pictures of the Kitchen and the other millwork we installed in the project.

Millwork: Sherwood Cabinetry 

Interior Design: Port and Quarter 

Concept Design: Kyla Ray

Daily Hive Feature – Designer Spotlight Matt Herbert

Every Vancouverite knows the beauty and nature that surrounds this stunning city. It’s hard to get tired of crushing on the epic mountain and sea vistas. And it’s no wonder we like to spend a lot of time outdoors wherever we can find it.

That’s why dining al fresco is huge in Vancouver, regardless of the season. And one local designer who makes that happen in style is outdoor kitchen design specialist, Matt Herbert.

We spoke to Herbert ahead of the upcoming Dinner by Design event at Vancouver’s Harbour Event Centre, to find out how he got into this specialist line of work and what it takes to design a stunning kitchen space.

How he became an expert in kitchen design
Although now based in Vancouver, Herbert completed his kitchen design apprenticeship when he left school in the UK, at age 18. He then went on to be a certified kitchen designer after his apprenticeship. It was this experience that allowed him to successfully work in the design industry in Australia and now here in Canada, where he started his company Sherwood Outdoor Kitchens two years ago.

“I get great enjoyment from the creative process. As long as I am creating and helping, I am happy.”

Sherwood specializes in the design and installation of contemporary outdoor kitchens in the Lower Mainland, Whistler, and the Okanagan. Working alongside homeowners, designers, and architects, the company creates truly unique entertaining spaces. “The form and function of an outdoor kitchen are often overlooked on a project, but we approach the design process with the same care and attention that an interior kitchen receives.” Herbert and his team use the latest technologies, including 3D printing, to create one-of-a-kind kitchens for their clients.

Why he believes in hands-on learning
Sherwood ASA-D2 marble edition outdoor kitchen/Sherwood Outdoor Kitchens
For the past three years, Herbert has been organizing Dinner by Design’s interior design mentorship programme. “Having completed a kitchen design apprenticeship when I left school at 18, I’ve personally seen the lasting impact that working hands-on with a mentor can have. My apprenticeship allowed me to make mistakes and learn in real time.”

Herbert notes how Dinner by Design’s programme allows students to gain the hands-on experiences that they can’t find in a classroom. Throughout the design process, they get to experience all the real-life stresses and decisions that happen in the design industry. “I find it incredibly rewarding to see the students grow and gain confidence as the course progresses.”

Five students from last year’s mentorship programme even went on to gain internships with local design firms. “The programme is incredibly well supported by our industry partners, who actively take a hands-on role in the design and production of the student’s visions. Thanks to The Social Concierge, proceeds from Dinner by Design go directly to a support a bursary program for design at Vancouver’s Visual College of Art and Design (VCAD).”

What he’s doing now
In addition to running Sherwood Outdoor Kitchens, Herbert is mentoring students ahead of Dinner by Design. Right now, they’re working on creating an urban-chic bar that reflects the vibe and culture of Mount Pleasant – an area defined by its bright-coloured murals, gritty urban structures, and vibrant cultural community.

“We wanted to evoke a sophisticated nostalgia by mixing premium stone products along with soft fabrics. In true Mount Pleasant style, a custom mural is to go on the back wall to create impact and tie the space together.” The urban-chic bar complete with its own custom Portmanteau sound system will be permanently housed at Daily Hive after being exhibited at Dinner by Design.

You’ll have the opportunity to see Herbert’s work by going along to the public viewing on November 17. In the meantime, you can check out some of it on Sherwood Outdoor Kitchen’s Instagram.


Check out the Daily Hive article here.

Dinner by Design – Student Project

One of my passions in life is being able to provide young people with real world experiences that are not available in the classroom. Having completed a kitchen design apprenticeship when I left school at 18, I’ve personally seen the lasting impact that working hands on with a mentor can have.


This year for @dinnerxdesign, @vcadca interior design students will be putting their passion into action by designing a custom cocktail bar for the @dailyhivevancouver. It’s this kind of experience that allows students to get their hands dirty and get a taste of what the design industry is really like.
For the last 2 months we have been busy designing & planning and we can’t wait to show you our creations on Nov 16th.
This fantastic project is only possible thanks to our amazing industry suppliers, who give their time and expertise to assist the next generation. Sherwood YVR
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