September 22 marks the start of fall, and Texas tends to see its best weather in these early autumn months. So enjoy the brief stint of crisp fall weather by dining alfresco. Don't have a space prepared for the outdoor entertaining season? Here are some of our favorite tips for designing an outdoor kitchen with help from the Dallas Design District's showrooms.
Frame Your Space With a Pergola
Build your outdoor cooking area within the perimeters of a pergola for a custom look. You can even add fixed lighting to give an extra element of sophistication. At Brown Jordan Structures, you'll find kits and shade structures in both aluminum and fiberglass to match your outdoor entertainment style. While you're there, pick out a grill, stovetop, refrigerators and ice maker. Then complete your outdoor kitchen with a sink and bartending station. Waterworks will set you up with quality fittings and fixtures.
Center Your Dining Around a Pizza Oven
Whether you go rustic with brick or stone or splurge for modern with glass tile, porcelain or Carrara marble, a pizza oven is an outdoor favorite. Butter of Dallas has a stunning dome-shaped adobe oven that can cook anything from chicken breasts to pizza to roasted vegetables. For an added touch, set up your bar with stools around the oven so guests can watch the chef at work.
Add a Dining Table
Check out the selection at Ex Design Group to find outdoor dining furniture that boasts style and weather-resistance. Even with regular exposure to the elements, these pieces are worth the investment because they maintain their color and quality.
Place Seating Next to a Fireplace
Now that fall is approaching and the bugs are beginning to taper off, it's time for nighttime dinner parties. Solara Lighting offers a range of fire pits and open-flame torches to add warmth to fall gatherings. Gather chairs around the fireplace to inspire conversation and lend a comforting feel to your outdoor entertainment area.
Maybe your space is just big enough to handle one of our suggestions or maybe it's large enough to incorporate all of our design tips. Regardless, with the help of the Dallas Design District, you can design an outdoor space capable of enticing guests to visit again and again. They'll come to enjoy the style and elegance and stay for the food and conversation.