Creating the Perfect Outdoor Entertainment SPACE


Outdoor living has been a trend which is steadily on the rise. More and more homeowners are looking to purchase homes with existing outdoor spaces, or they are ready to re-design or incorporate one in their current home. The feel of bringing the outdoors in is what makes these spaces popular – and with our area’s moderate climate, outdoor living spaces can be used almost year-round.

In recent years, adding an outdoor garden and updating a patio table and chairs would have been the extent of outdoor design. Now, homeowners are adding outdoor kitchens, wet bars, audio systems, and lots of room for entertaining. Items that used to be strictly kept indoors are now being created specifically for outdoor use. Markraft offers selections of weatherproof cabinetry and countertops that provide the durability needed to sustain the elements.


Some of the outdoor design trends include ceramic grills enclosed by granite countertops that provide ample space for meal prep. Propane barbeque grills can also be fitted with custom countertops and surrounding cabinets for easy access to kitchen supplies. Wet bars and sinks are also a popular choice for outdoor kitchen areas. Markraft’s designers incorporate custom sinks and faucets into their outdoor design plans that complement their outdoor product selection. Whether preparing a small family meal outdoors or entertaining a large party, an outdoor kitchen provides convenience and charm.

Many times, we gather in our kitchen areas even if a separate dining space is accessible. This is also true for outdoor kitchen areas. Large or small seating areas can be incorporated into an outdoor kitchen. One of Markraft’s offerings, Dekton® – an ultra-compact and weather resistant surface – can provide a durable outdoor island space that can accommodate plenty of barstool seating. Markraft also offers custom items like cabinet drawers with built in coolers for drink storage making serving cold beverages on hot days a breeze. These modern amenities make living outdoors not only convenient but comfortable too.

When working with a Markraft designer, an outdoor kitchen may not be the only thing on your list. Their design team can help you integrate other items like a wine refrigerator, wood fire pizza oven, lighting, and even a place for your own beer tap. Markraft’s designers not only provide an extensive selection but offer creative ways to make the most out of your design vision. Considering details like where the sun will rise and set over your outdoor space and positioning the design for maximum comfort is part of their process. The experience and knowledge of the Markraft design team has prepared them to turn any backyard space into the oasis of your dreams.

Cee Edwards HeadshotPresident and General Manager Cee Edwards and his team of talented designers invites you to visit Markraft’s Design Studio, 2705 Castle Creek Lane, just off Castle Hayne Road. Markraft’s professional kitchen and bath designers consult by appointment.

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