How nice was bank holiday weekend guys? Apparently it was the hottest since records began. The Met office weather app insisted that it was 17c but I can tell you it was more like 28c in my garden. Our decking is such a sun trap and by mid afternoon it was almost too hot to sit outside. I seriously need to look into solutions for providing shade at that time of day as it’s far too hot for the kids.
This photo above pretty much sums up what we did the whole weekend. We had a lunchtime BBQ with friends from my daughters’ ballet class on Saturday followed by another BBQ for dinner on Saturday evening. Then on Sunday we had yet another BBQ! It was a weekend full of sunshine, great company, amazing food and generally feeling really grateful that we have such an amazing outdoor space to use.
However, all that sunshine and time in the garden did mean that my mind was buzzing with more updates that we could make to the garden to make it even more practical. The problem is we live in a first floor flat and the garden is obviously on the ground floor. So al fresco dining inevitably involves a lot of running up and down the stairs to the kitchen to get food and drinks from the fridge and to collect everything we need for entertaining.
I’ve got plans to extend our brick shed so that we can store more equipment in the garden, but I couldn’t help but think how great it would be to have an outdoor kitchen. I’m not talking about anything too fancy here. Nothing like they have in America or Australia. There would be no point given how bad the weather generally is in the UK. But something simple that would provide plenty of storage and surface space would be ideal.
Something pretty much (read exactly) like the amazing WWOO outdoor kitchen. WWOO is a Dutch-designed modular concrete outdoor kitchen by Piet-jan van den Kommer. The design is so simple but there are a number of customisation options on offer which allow you to design and install an outdoor kitchen that meets all your needs and works for your garden. You can add a Big Green Egg charcoal BBQ, integrated fireplace or a braai, a sink, wooden storage boxes, and even wooden cutting boards.
The outdoor kitchen comes in three heights (1.3m, 1.65m, or 2m) and also has a degree of flexibility when it comes to length (the segments come in 1.5m lengths). Plus it’s super hard wearing, durable and weather-proof as it’s made from concrete. The maintenance is probably very minimal too. The only disadvantage I can see is the price (admittedly it is a tad expensive!) but given how long it will last, I personally think this is an investment worth making.
Now tell me you don’t want this in your garden too?
Just in case you’re now desperate to order yourself a WWOO outdoor kitchen, the company is headquartered in the Netherlands but the outdoor kitchens are also available in Israel, Germany, the USA, Belgium and the UK (the offices are situated in St Albans in Hertfordshire).
I’ve already got the perfect space for one in my garden and now I’m going to be lusting after one all summer. My husband is already sick of hearing about it!