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Designing Your Dream Outdoor Kitchen

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Summer in Canada is hardly long enough. In a matter of a few months, Canadians try to soak up as much sunshine, eat as much BBQ, and have as many campfires as possible. This is all because we know that, in just a short time, the frigid cold and endless snow will be back. That’s why we have to make the most of every summer day. One of the greatest ways to do this is to cook alfresco in the outdoor kitchen of your dreams. 

Take a look at these tips on designing your dream outdoor kitchen so you can truly make the most of every single summer day.

Tips for Designing Your Outdoor Kitchen

Consider Your Space

The first thing you need to consider is the space you have to work with. Everyone has a different backyard or outdoor area and it’ll greatly affect the layout of your outdoor kitchen. Inspect your yard and determine how much space you have available and what type of layout would work best.

If you have limited space, a smaller kitchen with an island and built-in grill, sink and some storage might work well. If, however, you have a large yard, you could go with a more elaborate design that includes a grill, a built-in side burner, a bar and a seating area.

Think About Your Needs

At the same time you’re considering the amount of space you have, think about your needs. What do you plan to use your outdoor kitchen for, primarily? Will the grill be the main feature? Will there be multiple types of grills? Do you need a fridge to keep food and drinks cold? Will you also be doing the food prep outside?

Your intended use of the space will inform your decisions about the layout and types of appliances, accessories, and furniture you will need.

Choose Quality Materials That Last 

Don’t forget that since it’s an outdoor kitchen, it’ll be exposed to the elements – rain, snow, wind, and heat. So, it’s essential to choose quality materials that can withstand all the weather of the four seasons. You’ll want to find materials that are:

  • Durable
  • Easy to clean
  • Resistant to heat
  • Moisture resistant 
  • Protected from UV rays

Stainless steel is an excellent choice for appliances, while stone or concrete countertops are both stylish and durable.

Make Sure You Have Enough Storage

Every kitchen requires ample storage space. The same is true for outdoor kitchens. There’s a large selection of various styles and sizes of storage, from built-in cabinets to modular components. The ones you choose will depend on how much space you have and how you plan to use your kitchen. 

Either way, don’t forget to make space for cutlery, cooking utensils, dishes, and other outdoor kitchen accessories. And again, you’ll want them stored away where they’re safe from the elements. You could install cabinets, drawers, and open shelving to maximize your storage options.

Light Up the Night

Finally, you want to make sure your outdoor kitchen is well-lit. Summer days in Canada are long, but if you want to take advantage of every last minute, you might find that you’re prepping, cooking, and serving food after the sun sets. 

Adequate lighting is crucial for safety and functionality, but it also adds a nice ambiance to your outdoor space. Consider adding task lighting above your grill and prep area and maybe some ambient lighting around the dining or seating area(s). And if you really want to brighten things up, install an outdoor fireplace nearby. Then, after dinner, you can all sit around the fire and continue the summer fun into the night.

Get Started on Your Outdoor Kitchen Now & Save!

With summer just around the corner, why wait on designing the outdoor kitchen of your dreams? Get started and give yourself something to look forward to! Team Harding has all the appliances, accessories, knowledge (and recipes!) to help your dream outdoor kitchen become a reality. We have everything you need to make your outdoor space a summer oasis!

Make the most of summer with an outdoor kitchen and save up to $500 on built-in components!

Create your custom outdoor kitchen with Team Harding.

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Robin Barrientez
Robin Barrientez
18:43 18 Mar 24
Great customer service. From sales to technicians, everyone was friendly and quick to respond. They provided us with proper documentation, and installation was quick. We purchased a heat pump and A/C... this time around but also purchased an A/C years back and had no issues. Definitely recommend!read more
Jesse T
Jesse T
21:00 10 Mar 24
Thank you to Jill and the two techs that serviced our fireplace. Great work and service.
Dave Storey
Dave Storey
18:49 29 Feb 24
Excellent service from Sam today. We had a few issues with our humidifier connected to our furnace and also our HRV system, and Sam easily corrected them and also explained very well how things work... and need to be maintained. Very happy now!read more
Chantelle Petrie
Chantelle Petrie
14:50 17 Feb 24
Quick response, friendly customer service and technician. The technician found the problem and replaced the part to get our furnace back up and running fast! Thank you so much!
Eduardo P
Eduardo P
21:47 25 Jan 24
Experiencing heater malfunctions in the beginning of January is never ideal, specially with 2 lil'Ones. Luckily the Tech on call was Colin. He was Patient, Knowledgeable and quick to answer the... call. As a Family of 4 humans & 1Pup we give Colin 👍x4 & 🐶x1.Thank You.read more
Ang Seguin
Ang Seguin
23:57 06 Jan 24
Amazing service from Steve To!Came home to a freezing cold house and found my furnace not working. After making a call, Steve was here in less than an hour and within 30 min my furnace was running!... Thank you!Highly recommend!read more
Kathy Rochon
Kathy Rochon
22:10 20 Dec 23
The Technician was very professional and explained what needed to be done to keep the humidifier running efficiently.
Bev Catherwood
Bev Catherwood
20:19 13 Dec 23
Harding installed a new furnace and heat pump. The technicians were very professional and did a great job working with a complex wiring system. We would highly recommend Harding.
Joel Ebeye
Joel Ebeye
14:18 12 Dec 23
Very fast and efficient. Removed old furnace and Installed a brand new Furnace within hours and under a month of quote approval. By far the best pricing compared to other HVAC companies.
Ralph Rajaballey
Ralph Rajaballey
20:09 11 Dec 23
Prompt response when my furnace died. Repair technician assessed my furnace and we determined I needed a new one. Sale person was able to come the same day. Install was booked a few days later and... they offered some portable heaters since we had no heat. Installer were on time and everything was done in a few hours.read more
Lee Carlson
Lee Carlson
18:40 11 Dec 23
We've been supported by Team Harding for over 20 years. Great products, great service and wonderful people. Dependable, conscientious and thorough. I believe it's because of a "customer comes... first" attitude amongst the people at Harding. Cheersread more
Laith Hajsaid
Laith Hajsaid
18:19 11 Dec 23
Great company to deal with!
Judy, Gord Richardson
Judy, Gord Richardson
14:10 09 Dec 23
Team Harding provided quick and efficient service with a leaking water tank a week before going holiday. .
Atul Srivastava
Atul Srivastava
22:42 07 Dec 23
Very good service. Explained everything very well.
Louise Schryburt
Louise Schryburt
21:23 05 Dec 23
Very good experience! John is very knowledgeable and efficient.
Mike M
Mike M
18:51 03 Dec 23
I am very happy with my purchase and the fireplace installation. My wife and I have used it multiple times since it was installed and it works exactly as advertised. It turned a cold room in to a... comfy room that we thoroughly enjoy.My wife and I were leaning towards purchasing a fireplace with high BTU output and a fan. The team at Harding pushed back, and said we would be too hot. I appreciate their honesty. Consider they gave up a bigger sale.The installers (James + Adam) were thorough, neat and patient answering our many questions. I told them that my former wood fireplace had an ice-cold hearth. I asked them why, and they showed me that the original fireplace was not assembled correctly; it allowed cold air to come down around the fireplace, especially the hearth. It was awful. I really appreciated how they sealed the leak and added insulation. The problem was eliminated.The finishing team (Brandon and colleague) were also meticulous. They did not rush the job. I was out of town during the finishing and they suggested WhatsApp video calls, which worked very well and allayed my concerns.I would especially like to acknowledge Kirsten Neumarker. She is the project coordinator at Harding who schedules resources to install and finish fireplaces. She is very organized and is an excellent communicator. She reached out to me proactively and worked hard to accommodate my schedule also. She would often answer my emails and phone calls in minutes. I find this uncommon among contractors. She made a difference.Overall, a positive experience and I recommend them without reservations.Oh, and check out the photo attached of the finished product. We love it!Mikeread more
Layi Ibrahim
Layi Ibrahim
13:57 01 Dec 23
Team Harding is reliable, trustworthy, and professional. I would recommend their services to anyone.
Lisa Leblanc
Lisa Leblanc
12:57 30 Nov 23
We have used Harding repeatedly over the past few years. First when replacing our furnace/AC unit, and most recently when moving duct work before a basement renovation, and now a new gas fireplace!... Team Harding is conscientious, professional, with attention to detail and quick turnaround. I could not recommend them more!read more
Janyee Lau
Janyee Lau
21:04 29 Nov 23
We had a great experience with Harding! They came to do a complimentary walk-through with us when we moved into our new build and walked us through everything we needed to know for HRV, etc. We also... hired them to install a humidifier -- the team was very professional, and responded to emails/calls very quickly. The were able to schedule us in asap for the install before winter hit! They showed up on-time for the installation and all went well! Definitely recommend.read more
Tyler Williams
Tyler Williams
15:14 28 Nov 23
We had Luc and Dylan from Team Harding to our house to relocate a gas line for our kitchen range. The mechanics showed up on time and were very nice and friendly during the whole appointment. Not... once did I get the feel it was a 'get in - get out' job for them and that makes any service appointment much more pleasant!read more
Frederick Burt
Frederick Burt
19:37 26 Nov 23
Great service! Great crew. Fast install and attention to detail.
Gina Oliver
Gina Oliver
15:23 26 Nov 23
Team Harding has been responsive, reliable, and professional! Each interaction with them as been amazing.
Yong Wang
Yong Wang
00:29 25 Nov 23
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Michael Gregory
Michael Gregory
18:50 24 Nov 23
The installation of our AC went well and appreciate the coordination and efficiency of the entire crew.
SA
SA
20:36 19 Jul 23
We have used them for warranty work on our new home build and have been happy with the after care service provided by Lindsay and Bob.
yuan zhang
yuan zhang
16:30 06 Feb 23
I changed the rate because the reaction from site office is extremely satisfy. I have no heat during the weekend and complained. I got a respond very quickly from their site office and find out the... reason of no respond. Then a new appoint was scheduled right way! Also a report has been filed towards this issue and I believe communication will be taken to improve future services. I really like this manner! Thank you.//I have no heat on the coldest day this winter. I called for service at 10:28am, and the office lady said someone will reach me ASAP. I called at 17:26pm again because NO ONE called me the whole day. And I was told there is a long list so THEY DON'T CARE! I HAVE TO WAIT! And this is a same problem happened second time in two years. Do not recommend.read more
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21:24 28 Jan 23
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18:30 06 Jan 23
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21:07 30 Oct 22
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Brittney Rush
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18:45 21 Oct 22
Friendly staff & efficient service!
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Don Cumming
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20:10 14 Oct 22
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Jurgen Neumarker
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Charlene Van Hofwegen
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00:11 24 Aug 22
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Eric Lavoie
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13:48 25 Jul 22
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Georgie Lavoie
Georgie Lavoie
01:28 22 Jul 22
This company installed a new air conditioner at my house and came over quickly and made sure I was satisfied, they called me the following day to make sure I understood everything and that my unit... was working at full capacity.I highly recommend this company, great technician and service from front office to install crew. Thanks and unit working fine especially during this heat wave.read more
Shawn Ku
Shawn Ku
00:57 24 Jun 22
Harding Heating & Air Conditioning were excellent. We had an issue with our furnace fan and I spoke to Natasha Wright (Service Coordinator) who first tried to troubleshoot the problem with me to... save costs, etc. Once that didn't work, a technician, Marc Gagon, attended. He quickly diagnosed the problem (faulty control board), but didn't stop there. He investigated the source - water under the AC coils. Further, he went outside to ensure the A/C unit was working properly. Marc Gagon is very professional, competent and took the time to explain things. He is a asset to Harding Heating & Air Conditioning, along with Natasha Wright. I highly recommend this company for your heating and a/c needs. Shawnread more
Tim C.
Tim C.
21:43 29 Jan 22
Brenden from Harding came and fixed the furnace by replacing the blower. He did a great job. And also well explained the membership plan. 10 out of 10.
Pam Burwash
Pam Burwash
18:14 16 Jul 21
From the very start the quotes I received were very fair. The estimator took the time assess the work that would need to be done and walked me through all the options. My furnace and AC were... installed by a polite, professional crew who also took the time to ensure that I was satisfied with the equipment being installed.Team Harding was there for me during a heat wave. I am thoroughly impressed with their professionalism.read more
Galina Khavrenko
Galina Khavrenko
15:17 15 Jul 21
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Tim Cinnamon
Tim Cinnamon
18:28 30 Jun 21
We had Brodie and Marc out to our cottage to install a heat pump and they did a fantastic job. Professional, very efficient, clean and knowledgeable. We would definitely use them again in the future.
Lifebeyondpanicattacks
Lifebeyondpanicattacks
04:02 29 Jun 21
Lindsay is a gem, she saved us money and time in this heat wave by fixing our problem over the phone. She went above and beyond her job with her kindness and expertise. We've used Harding multiple... times and have always had the best results! And awesome company with wonderful employees, especially Lindsay!!!read more
Wayne Calvert
Wayne Calvert
19:10 05 Feb 21
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Amanda
Amanda
20:24 20 Jan 21
Excellent customer service and friendly staff!
Vince Petrella
Vince Petrella
20:59 09 Nov 20
Provided a great and honest service at a reasonable price. I would use their services again in the future.
Gerry Moore
Gerry Moore
13:33 30 Oct 20
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22:02 03 Oct 20
We’ve used Harding for 6+ years and they always exceed our expectations. Friendly staff, knowledgeable technicians and reasonable prices. We couldn’t ask for better. They installed the ac unit at our... first house and anytime we needed them the service calls were great. We bought a new house July 2019. It wasn’t long after that we were told we needed a new furnace and ac. We went withHarding...obviously.read more
Paul
Paul
21:59 15 Aug 20
Fair price, good follow up. Appreciated!
Lisa Pow
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Tyler Lagasse
23:51 24 May 20
Showed up on time, and on a sunday! Very impressed with this company!
Trish Lagasse
Trish Lagasse
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