A new line of outdoor products brings people together
This should come as no surprise to professional landscapers, but the consumer demand for outdoor spaces is way up.
The National Association of Realtors recently published research on the latest home trends. Outdoor kitchens were the hottest ticket item among outdoor features such as decks and porches. About 41 percent said their clients would likely invest in outdoor kitchens while 22 percent said they would invest in patio space.
Enter Kindred Outdoors and Surrounds. The concept was launched by well-known company BORAL just this year, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect.
“We really love the name of Kindred,” says Director of Marketing Sarah Lograsso. “Our products are about bringing people together. Whether that’s with our outdoor fire bowls, our fireplace surrounds for the inside of your home or our outdoor kitchens, we’re all about connecting and engaging with the friends and family you love.”
Not only are the products what homeowners want, they are easy to install, alleviating increased labor demands from an already busy landscaping industry.
Outdoor kitchens and fireplaces are pre-designed, shipped and ready to install in days, rather than weeks. Fire bowls, made from glass-fiber reinforced concrete, are simply set in place, connected to a gas line and ready to go.
“Our cabinets are a plug-and-play type product that can be utilized very easily with a crew you bring on site,” says Lograsso. “We have various sizes and styles that really open landscaping designers and contractors up for creating a unique finished space for their clients.”
The company touts strong, lightweight “building block” cabinetry units that can be customized to suit any size and shape of outdoor kitchen project. Each piece is made of glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC), which can be installed on any solid flooring surface without concrete footings or rebar. Even cut-outs for custom features and appliances can be done on site. The blocks assemble quickly into custom barbecue islands, fireplaces, fire pits and more.
Outdoor fireplace and kitchen components can be specified to feature any manufactured stone profile from Eldorado Stone. They are ready to be dressed within hours, allowing project teams to complete the job in less than half the time compared to traditional building techniques.
Those who desire a fully pre-designed option can choose from three Signature Kitchen configurations that ship with all necessary cabinets, bolts and end-caps.