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FIRE UP THE GRILL

Call it Alchemy or Culinary Science, But Everything Tastes Better When Grilled
By Susie Tommaney and Katricia Lang

Step outside, where the livin’ is easy. Savvy homeowners know that expanding the living space to the back yard opens up a wealth of opportunities for recreation, barbecues with the fam, and marathon matches of Rummikub or dominoes.

We’re not dissing the portable charcoal grill — a true icon of American life — but entertaining bliss really begins with your own custom-designed outdoor cooking area.

An exterior kitchen can be so elaborate that it rivals any indoor space, and is only limited by your imagination and budget. Texas Pit Crafters can design and build outdoor kitchen islands that use materials ranging anywhere from welded steel frames to stone and brick. Pick and choose the elements you desire most: coolers, refrigerators, kegerators and ice makers; gas grills, burners and griddles; sinks and faucets (a must); under counter storage and drawers; and built-in smokers and charcoal pits.

For gourmet tastes, Texas Pit Crafters even carries exotic products like the South American gaucho grills, mobile bars, wood- or gas-fired pizza ovens, and stainless steel television cabinets, plus all the installation required for electricity, gas and water. In fact, they’re the backyard project experts and can even finish the kitchen with patios, patio covers and pergolas — making your outdoor kitchen suitable for enjoyment even during the blistering heat of Houston summers.

Winters shouldn’t be ruled out, either. The experts at Cunnningham Living can point homeowners to Bromic heating options such as the Tungsten portable gas radiant heater or one of the Tungsten electric models. For the ultimate in drama, consider a gas log fireplace, a firepit, or the super trendy fire glass gems and nuggets. Shiny!

Cunningham Living also can guide you toward the best choice for grills — gas, charcoal, electric, smoker or with built-in rotisserie — plus every barbecue accessory known to chef. From thermometers and skewers to pizza stones, SaltRox and infrared burners, you’ll be amazed at the plethora of options for grilling meats and veggies.

When it comes to recovering from a disaster like fire or flooding, we already know to turn to PLM Remodel and Restoration. But did you know they do outdoor kitchens, too? These construction pros understand that the kitchen is the heart of every household and will guide homeowners into the right project for their budget and needs. They’ll provide a free quote and explain how estimates should include line items for materials as well as labor. And before your project ever begins, PLM will create a 3D model so that you are completely satisfied and to ensure that your vision is fully realized.

So what are you waiting for? The birds are chirping and the flowers are starting to bloom. Get outside and get the most out of your back yard with your own outdoor kitchen.

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