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Get Your Fall Project Started Now!

Spring may be for cleaning but summer is for barbecues and fall is for bonfires! Now is a great time to start thinking about your fall projects. Your outdoor fun doesn’t have to end when cool weather hits. At IBD Outdoor Rooms, we have great options for your outdoor space that are durable, practical, and stylish.

Your Dream Space

When you begin thinking about your fall project, the sky is the limit. You can build up with a new pergola to lounge beneath on a cool evening while stars are out. You can choose to remodel and upgrade your fire or kitchen appliances, or start a new construction! Whatever you’re planning, start with IBD Outdoor Rooms for ideas and models to choose from. Next, hire a certified contractor for building and a certified technician or chimney sweep to install your fire appliances. At IBD Outdoor Rooms we turn fantasy into reality and safety is our top priority.

Outdoor Kitchens

Many homeowners find it cost-effective and beneficial to install an outdoor kitchen. It helps to keep a party from getting overcrowded in the house. It helps to keep noises, odors, and heat from getting inside. An outdoor kitchen also creates a great focal point for a landscape. Since it will likely become the focal point of your yard, make sure it’s a beauty! When you shop IBD Outdoor Rooms, you have control over the shape, size, model, and finish of your outdoor kitchen islands, cabinet units, ovens, kamado grill spaces, and more.

Outdoor Fireplaces

The kitchen will likely strike the interest of the Grill Master, but the fireplace or fire pit will get all the attention from everyone else. You can choose a fire pit that fits the size and shape of your space and select a finish that fits your personality and your landscape. You can also get it installed before fall. Only if you start this summer!

Beautify for Fall

You may not be interested in outdoor entertaining at all, but want to increase the aesthetic. You can invest in your property’s look by installing a new mailbox, lamppost, pergola, or even a custom structure or building. If your mailbox is drab and rusted, or even leaking or collecting bugs, consider a new mailbox. Our mailboxes and lampposts are sure to increase your curb appeal, are designed to “break-a-way” if hit by a car, and can be matched to your landscape through a variety of finishes. Many of these extras are perfect for a do-it-yourself project and can be completed before cold weather hits this fall.

If it’s a pergola or pavilion you want, it will be best to build in the summer. Winter ground can be difficult to work with and to install an adequate floor and foundation. Check out designs or discuss custom structures with an IBD Outdoor Room expert, and we’ll make sure it arrives in time for construction! All you need is a contractor to do the work.

Start now by calling IBD Outdoor Rooms at 704-960-4530 or scheduling an appointment online!

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Grill Ideas from IBD Outdoor Rooms

At IBD Outdoor Rooms, we specialize in creating outdoor kitchens, and we take pride in designing unique spaces with features you will not find in the average outdoor kitchen. One of these features is our Kamado Kaddy or Kradle counters. Over the past few years, grills like the Kamado Joe and other brands have become more and more popular, but these appliances can be difficult to fit into the typical outdoor kitchen. This is why we started offering the Kamado Kaddy or Kradle counters, and we have had wonderful feedback from our customers about this option. We would like to tell you more about this feature and the grills that fit into these counters.

What kinds of Kamado Kaddy or Kradle options do you offer?

IBD Outdoor Rooms has designed four different styles of these Kaddy counters, which are all ready to finish with brick, stone, tile or stucco. You can also have your counter factory finished with our unique and low-maintenance Granitech finish with a base of pure granite granules. The San Juan model is the simplest counter and will fit large kamado-style grills of any brand. The Montego model and the Largo model also fit large kamados and offer generous counter space as well as a choice of doors, drawers, cooler pullouts, or storage bins. Our personal favorite model, the Kahuna, is an island that allows you to showcase your cooking skills. With a rounded raised dining ledge, you have space for four barstools for friends and family to sit around the kamado-style grill and watch you cook. This model also comes with an umbrella holder if you need extra shade.

What exactly is a kamado-style grill?

A thick-walled ceramic cooker, a kamado-style grill is similar to the ancient grills used in Asia. These grills give meats, fish, and vegetables a smoky and rich flavor from charcoal as air flows through the body of the cooker. You can use this type of cooker to grill, roast, smoke, and even bake. One of the most popular brands of kamado-style grills is The Kamado Joe. Available in four different sizes, the Kamado Joe is safe to use as its ceramic surface never gets as hot as a regular grill. You can adjust the air flow systems to get the exact temperature you need. One of our favorite features of the Kamado Joe is its patented Divide & Conquer Flexible Cooking System, which is a multi-level half rack design that allows you to cook different foods at different temperatures at the same time.

Considering adding an outdoor kitchen to your home? Contact us at IBD Outdoor Rooms to learn more about how we can create the outdoor kitchen of your dreams.

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Outdoor Kitchen Finishes

Let’s Talk Finishes for Your Outdoor Kitchen

When IBD Outdoor Rooms creates custom outdoor kitchens in and around Concord, North Carolina, it doesn’t take long before we get to the point where we get to hammer out all the design details with our customers. One of the most fun things to pick out is the type of finish they want on the stone used to build their outdoor kitchen island, outdoor fireplace, or wood-fired oven. This is the fun part, where you get to pour your creativity into your outdoor kitchen space and make it look, feel, and function exactly how you envisioned.

Having trouble making your outdoor kitchen look fab? Have out experts put in some beautiful finishes to make it stand out.

The finishes we use most commonly include stone, brick, tile, and stucco—all beautiful surfaces that you are likely familiar with. Another favorite finish is something we call Granitech, which is a finish we’ve pioneered that uses a base of pure natural granite granules.

Granitech is available in eight colors, ranging from White Pearl to Black Pearl with lots of variations in between. We can also produce custom colors and can perform color matching. You can read more about our Granitech finish system below, although we also invite you to contact us with any questions you may have about possible finishes for your outdoor space.

All About Granitech

One of the finishes we use most often is called Granitech,  a mixture of granite granules and clear polymer. This substance has been a huge hit for us because it is beautiful and low maintenance and gives homeowners the look of granite without all the expense.

The six-step Granitech finish system allows the substance to “flow” over the masonry surface, bonding to the substrate. We begin the process of applying Granitech by sealing all the joints and fasteners on the IBD Outdoor Rooms modular component. We then apply a primer and hand trowel the first coat of Granitech over the whole unit. Once that dries, we apply another coat and finally a “seal coat” that will protect your outdoor kitchen from abrasion damage or staining.

Have questions about which finish will work best in your outdoor space? Call IBD Outdoor Rooms, proud members of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, at 704-960-4530.