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.