Now that warmer weather is here, it’s time to enjoy mealtimes outside. But what if your outdoor kitchen space is lacking? Give these easy projects a try to recreate your space:

• Grill. You’ll need to determine whether gas, char coal or propane is right for you. If expense is a concern, propane is a more cost-effective fuel than charcoal and it doesn’t require running any lines to your grilling area.

• Barbecue cover. Use Western Red Cedar for your barbecue cover. This natural wood is resistant to rot, decay and insects, and it will look great no matter what the weather brings. Follow the nine-step process found at

• Perfect light. Forget the deck light and opt for ambient lighting options in stead. Track lighting can be strung across your space to make the kitchen a welcoming environment. To be more unique, you can find simple instructions online for building wine-bottle torches or Mason jar lamps.

• A place to dine. Enjoy the food where it was made by building a dining table and chairs from Western Red Cedar.

• Provide shade. Patio umbrellas are a helpful addition to shading any seating area. To cover a larger space, you could also opt for an all-encompassing retractable awning. Visit

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