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Ready for an Outdoor Makeover? We Have Tips!

Year after year, homeowners across the U.S. decide to upgrade and makeover their homes for efficiency and style. Whether you’re looking to upgrade to sell or just to enjoy, we have tips. After years of designing, manufacturing, and building outdoor rooms, we have seen our fair share of good and bad ideas. Let an outdoor room expert help you get started with your new upgrade.

Start at the Endcovered patio

The best way to start the design for your new outdoor space is to envision what you would like in the end. Is it something that you can D-I-Y? Is it a complicated install that requires a professional hire? These are things to think about as you begin to browse our products and designs. Consider the type of space you would like first, including the walls, structure, appliances, necessities, and more. If you need electricity in your outdoor kitchen, consider where you’d like the outlets. If you prefer a basic fire pit over a gas unit, consider where you’d like to stack wood, where the smoke will settle, what type of seating is safest near open flames. Once you have an idea of what you’d like your outdoor space to look like and what you’d like it to do for you, it’s time to talk to a contractor.

Hire a Certified Contractor

Whether your project is big or small, it’s important to get the right help. Your municipal codes may require you to hire a certified contractor even for minor renovations and constructions. Find out from your city authorities first, then look for contractors that are specifically trained and certified for your needs. For instance, if your install includes a fire appliance of some kind, you should have it installed by a National Fire Institute (NFI) certified chimney and fireplace technician. This will not only protect your property but also your investment and maybe even your life. Our products, including structures, are incredibly easy to construct. They’re shipped to your door with clearly labeled parts and detailed instructions, however, they are best installed by a certified professional.

Let Your Imagination Run Wild

Visit our gallery to find some of our favorite projects. When it comes to outdoor spaces, the sky is the limit. Many homeowners design an outdoor space that complements the home, landscape, and their personality perfectly, and we can help. You can design a basic patio with a low wall and gas fireplace or an elaborate outdoor kitchen and tiki bar next to a kidney-shaped pool with a stone waterfall.
At IBD Outdoor Rooms it’s our goal to turn your fantasy into reality, and we can get started as soon as you get started.

Contact IBD Outdoor Rooms

We can help you design your dream space today. Call 704-960-4530, contact us online or stop by our showroom at 184 Academy Ave., Concord, North Carolina.

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Summer Recipes for Your Outdoor Kitchen

You’re in the thick of summer and while the days are hot, the evenings can be great with the right people, the right space, and the right food! This summer, make sure you make the most of your space and kitchen by cooking the best for your family and guests. Whether your choice for outdoor cuisine is a stovetop or a grill, we can help you find your favorites.

Seasonal Cooking

veggies and fruitsSomething that many chefs through the years have begun doing is shopping and cooking for the season. Not only are the groceries and ingredients cheaper when they are in season, but they are usually fresher, tastier, and more natural. During the summer, you can find many fruits and vegetables in season. Many of the in seasons vegetables and fruits are on sale at farmers markets across the country, fresh-picked, and ready to use in your summer dishes.

The vegetables that are in season this summer is radishes, cucumbers, beets, carrots, corn, garlic, rhubarb, arugula, bell peppers, and zucchini. The fruits that are in season this summer are lemon, passion fruit, peaches, nectarines, cherries, apricots, plums, blackberries, strawberries, tomatoes, melons, and limes.

Recipes to Try

You can utilize some of the best summer ingredients in your outdoor kitchen this summer. This grilled corn fritter recipe can help you work through your corn this summer (because at summer prices, there’s just too much corn!). These corn fritters fry great in a cast iron, or they can bake inside tin foil on the grill. If some of your guests still prefer corn on the cob, wrap them with your favorite herbs, a slice of bacon, or just a pat of butter with pepper and salt, and grill for a few minutes while wrapped tightly in tin foil. If you wrap your corn in bacon, make sure you cook it long enough to thoroughly cook the bacon.

Step outside the box by offering your guests something new and exotic this summer. A great entre that works well with grill strip zucchini is Korean chicken breasts on the grill. For a total prep time of just 1 hour and 20 minutes, you won’t keep your guests waiting. This mouth-watering dish offers a surprising alternative to the usual chicken legs and burgers for outside parties.

Desserts to Try

No meal is quite complete without dessert, and there is no better time to use berries than in the summer! Are you really a “grill master” if you’ve never made a pie on your grill? This grilled berry pie works best with fresh berries and peaches. You can make your own crust or use a store-bought one. With a little magic from your backyard grill, you can offer your guests and family a sweet treat that’s also beautiful when grilled just right!

This summer while you’re enjoying your outdoor space and outdoor kitchen, don’t settle for the same old barbecue menu as everyone else on your block. You can use your gas or charcoal grill, pizza oven, Big Green Egg, or stovetop to work magic this summer. Not sure you have everything you need to make your outdoor space everything it could be? We can help. Contact IBD Outdoor Rooms at 704-960-4530 or contact us online today.

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We Have Certified Contractors & NFI-Certification

At IBD Outdoor Rooms, our task and goal are to turn fantasy into reality. We are proud to help our customers with their outdoor patios, kitchens, gardens, and yards year-round by bringing these spaces to life and adding value to each property with exceptional products. IBD Outdoor Rooms specializes in designing outdoor spaces that are functional and long-lasting and that complement the home and landscape. We make the products, ship them out ready-to-build, and depend on certified contractors and professionals to put these products together. Our customers should find a certified contractor to install their new products in order for them to be installed safely and properly.

 

Certified Professionals for Safe Installationsoutdoor area with pergola and chairs

When building a new structure, moving and setting up expensive appliances, and installing fireplaces, fire pits, and wood fire ovens and more, it’s important to hire a certified professional. Contractors that are NFI-certified have been trained and tested in fire science. These technicians can install fire appliances properly and safely in any space. This will protect your new investment, your existing home, and your family and guests. Having a certified professional install your new appliance will also maintain your warranties. Many manufacturers will not honor warranties after a unit has been installed or serviced by someone without the proper certifications and training. Fortunately, for homeowners across the U.S., the CSIA and NFI website allows for a search to find a certified technician in your area.

 

IBD Outdoor Rooms Certified Techs

IBD Outdoor Rooms now has certified installers including contractors and NFI-certified techs. Our customers can choose to work with one of our own professionals for the best installations and setup possible. Our technicians are familiar with our products and provide excellent services and the utmost professionalism. Whether your new install is a fireplace, a pergola, or a simple lamp post, one of our certified contractors can handle it. We sell and install new outdoor products year-round, but summer is the best time to complete the biggest jobs. Schedule with one of our contractors now so that you can have your dream outdoor space this summer.

 

IBD Outdoor Rooms Featured Products

Our favorite summertime shelter at IBD Outdoor Rooms is the pergola because of its function and beauty. Homeowners can enjoy shade during hot, sunny days, and still, stargaze on cool evenings. Other product favorites include kitchen islands, cabinets, shelters, wood-fired ovens, and more. Have a barbecue grill? We can build kitchen units that can cradle your favorite grills. They can include sinks, outdoor appliances, countertops, cabinets, and more. Don’t forget that these appliances, structures, and units should be built and installed by professionals too. Our customers trust us with their homes, their spaces, and their investments so you can trust our team of techs with your installs as well.

Call us at 704-960-4530 to start today!

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Freshen Up Your Outdoor Living Space

Now is the time of year when homeowners are enjoying the outdoors, with barbecues, parties, bonfires and more. While you’re relaxing or entertaining in your outdoor space this summer, the last thing you want is for the party to be ruined by unsightly appliances, bothersome bugs, or overgrown plant life. By freshening up your outdoor space now, you can avoid some embarrassing mishaps later. Here are the best tips from our team at IBD Outdoor Rooms:

 

1. Update Lightingoutdoor patio with grill

You can prevent many issues simply by adding more light to your outdoor space. A firepit or porch light is not always adequate, and more light will deter animals, prevent accidental falls and injuries, and bring more comfort to your gathering in general. You can add light to your space by installing an IBD lamp post with a gas torch fire. Another option is to opt for a pergola instead of a roof over decks and patios, allowing moon and starlight to light your space.

2. Improve Function of the Space

You can improve the function of your outdoor living space by giving it more purpose. Your patio will lack purpose if there are too many types of furniture (swings, benches, seats), if there are no tables for food or drinks, if there are too many or not enough heat/fire/light options (focal points), and if there are too many or not enough activities for entertainment (games, etc.). You can improve your functionality by studying what you and your guests most like, and follow-through with improvements. If you most like to roast marshmallows, a porch swing is not the best seating. If there are many children, a low fire is not the best fire appliance. If you barbecue outside but have to move indoors to eat, consider installing a table in your outdoor space.

3. Maintain the Landscape

Whether you live in urban or rural areas, an unruly yard can bring a host of problems into your outdoor living space. Your guests may come for a good time, but will leave with itchy bug bites, or even worse. An unkempt lawn is welcoming to plant and animal life that may be Unwelcome, like poison ivy/sumac, wild animals and their droppings, and even snakes. Keep the lawn trimmed nicely, and consider planting some bug deterrents around your outdoor living area (lavender, lemongrass, citronella plants).

4. Plan for Year-Round Fun

Many homeowners want an outdoor space for spring, summer, and fall fun, but by planning now, and making necessary upgrades, you CAN enjoy your outdoor space during cold weather. If you already have a fireplace with high-heat output, consider adding a hot tub to your outdoor space. Patio heaters are also a great option, especially if your patio or deck feature walls or a roof. Just because warm weather will pass by doesn’t mean you can’t get use out of your outdoor living area all year long.

 

Are you still unsure how to upgrade your outdoor living area or how to go about it? At IBD Outdoor Rooms, we turn fantasy into reality, and we have a team member who can walk you through your vision, and get you on course to implement it. For the most recent inspirational patio ideas, click here.

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We Build Luxury Outdoor Kitchen Islands and More!

Now is the time that homeowners across the U.S. begin to plan their summer festivities. Whether it’s Sunday barbecues or FourthOutdoor Kitchen with Island - IBDODR.com of July block parties, it’s important to have the space you need and the kitchen you want. Outdoor kitchens are growing in popularity—especially among homeowners who like to entertain. With an outdoor kitchen, you can host more guests, you can avoid indoor odors and extra heat by cooking outside. Perhaps your idea of an outdoor kitchen has never been more than a barbecue grill and picnic table on the lawn. IBD Outdoor Rooms is here to turn your fantasy into reality, and that means turning your outdoor space into the outdoor kitchen of your dreams. Custom outdoor kitchen islands are our specialty, and there are plenty of designs to choose from.

Luxury Outdoor Kitchen Islands

In order to bring together your outdoor space, we offer six standard designs for outdoor kitchen islands. These designs range from straight, angled, U-shaped, L-shaped, and custom or serpentine-curved. These island designs come with a standard amount of cutouts in which homeowners might install cabinetry or appliances. They also may include additional cutouts, cabinet liners, caveats, electrical boxes, dining ledges, and backsplashes. When designing with IBD Outdoor Rooms, you can mix and match any of our luxury outdoor kitchen island designs to accommodate your space perfectly. All of our kitchen islands arrive to your home unfinished, ready to finish and install to your liking and with the contractor of your choice.

Accessories and Options to Consider

When you have decided on the basic shape of your new outdoor kitchen island you can begin to look at the rest of the details that will bring it all together. In addition to basic designs, we also offer options including a rounded dining end which can accommodate a fire pit or ice bucket, a dining ledge priced per linear foot, tile top extensions, and additional length, cut-ins, and height. Looking for roofing for your outdoor kitchen? You can add a post hole to the frame of your island to accommodate a pergola or pavilion style structure post.

Wood-Fired Ovens

Your kitchen may have a stovetop or grill surface, but no outdoor space is quite complete without a wood-fired oven. Not only will it provide heat to the guests, but it allows yet another cooking space for all the food prep and entertaining alike. Forget pizza—your wood-fired oven can cook all types of food. Bake, roast, or grill! Let this ancient art slowly cook all your favorite recipes so they’re delicious and nutritious. Not sure if a wood-fired oven will fit your space? These too are unfinished and can be installed and finished to your liking. Make sure you call and secure a general contractor for your installation so that the work is done according to your municipal safety codes and that your units will be safe and work properly.

Are you on the fence about your outdoor space? Not sure if you have enough room to warrant a purchase such as an outdoor kitchen island? Check out some of these outdoor kitchens for inspiration.

Call IBD Outdoor Rooms to get started with your order today. Our products are made in the U.S.A. and delivered to your doorstep.

Dial 704-960-4530 today.

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