Outdoor Kitchens and Fireplaces

Outdoor Kitchens and Fireplaces

10 Ways to Build Kitchens, Fireplaces, & Fire Pits in Your Long Island Backyard

11 Jun, 2014

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Outdoor Kitchens and Fireplaces

10 Ways to Build Kitchens, Fireplaces, & Fire Pits in Your Long Island Backyard

Do you ever come home from work and the last thing you want to do is stand in the kitchen to cook dinner? Do you wish you could be outside with your guests preparing an elaborate dinner while socializing? And do you wish you could extend the summer just a little bit longer?

Well, you're in luck. The hottest things right now in the landscape & hardscape world are fire pits, fireplaces, pizza ovens, and outdoor kitchens. You're no longer required to work solo inside preparing a meal while the rest of your family and friends talk about their lives in the backyard.

Here are 10 ways that you can add some heat and sizzle to your backyard

  1. Hire a local landscape design-build company to take your dreams for an outdoor kitchen and put them into a 3D design for you.
  2. With an outdoor kitchen, you're not limited to a fancy grill, but you can include lights, a BBQ, a pizza oven, and a mini-bar. Folks are also adding sinks, cabinets and mini-refrigerators so they're no longer required to stay indoors cooking while everyone else is outdoors enjoying themselves.
  3. Design your outdoor kitchen to include comfortable chairs and some kind of covering, like a pergola, an awning, or a small roof. You can also add pillows, baskets, and a stereo system for some added pizzazz.
  4. By bringing your indoor kitchen outside, you also allow your friends and family to participate in food prep.
  5. By adding an outdoor kitchen, you bring a dimension of seamlessness by connecting your indoor living spaces with your outdoor living spaces.
  6. Right now, pizza ovens are hot, hot, hot! Why? Because you can use them for more than pizza making. In your pizza oven, you can cook other foods—such as roasts, breads, desserts—or put an entire meal in the oven to cook and stay warm for each course.
  7. Pizza ovens come in a variety of styles and sizes. The top pizza oven manufacturers are Forno Bravo (http://www.fornobravo.com), Fogazzo (http://www.fogazzo.com), and EarthStone Ovens (http://earthstoneovens.com).
  8. Extend your kitchen area to dining and living areas. You can continue enjoying an intimate get together with an outdoor fireplace, or for a larger crowd, you can have a fire pit built near your dining area.
  9. Fireplaces and fire pits provide warmth and light. Additionally, you can choose a gas- or wood-based fireplace or fire pit.
  10. Fire pits are great for larger crowds and allows everyone to sit and communicate in a circle. Yet, if you want something more intimate and cozy, a fireplace will protect you from the wind and invites an ambient atmosphere to your friends and family.

Are you ready to expand your Nassau or Suffolk County, New York backyard to include kitchen, dining, and living areas? Do you want to extend your summer by adding a fireplace or fire pit for warmth, light, and community? Then call Autumn Leaf Landscape and Design at (631)-424-5544 or send us a message on our contact page.


  1. Cohen, Scott: "Fire Pit Design Options"

  2. Concrete Network's "Fire Pit vs. Fireplace"

  3. Editors of This Old House's "10 Smart Ideas for Outdoor Kitchens and Dining”

  4. Fogazzo Wood Fired Ovens and BBQ's "Outdoor Kitchen Plans"

  5. Forno Classico's "FAQs"

  6. HGTV's "How to Build an Outdoor Pizza Oven"

  7. Landscape Network's "Outdoor Pizza Ovens: Wood Burning Ovens for the Backyard"

  8. Roberson, Kelly's "Outdoor Kitchen Ideas"

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