Location: Durham, Ontario, Canada
Some of you may remember Lynne's treehouse from a previous My Great Outdoors post. This time she's sharing an outdoor kitchen with us, made from stone from an old barn foundation she discovered on her property. Read on to learn more about her creative re-use of found materials.
We discovered an old stone foundation from an original barn on our property. The barn had burned down many moons ago, and the original stone walls had still withstood the test of time....but they were difficult to completely see. The walls were almost completely buried by earth, garbage and overgrown trees.
We had the entire space excavated and found cool barn hardware and funky barn remnants along the way. As we rebuilt some of the stone walls (some had crumbled) we added the barn hardware back into the stone walls for interest. Now, in the walls, you can find old metal buckets, hooks and water feeders. Great conversation pieces!
We built a timber frame within the stone walls and created an outdoor kitchen, complete with a sitting area and poolside fireplace for entertaining. The pool kitchen countertop is created from concrete — both as a money saving project and something that will withstand our cold Canadian winters (snow snow snow!). The countertop and other spaces needed to be 'four seasons' worthy.
We built a fun outhouse (we call it our "boudoir") complete with whitewashed walls and a chandelier. It is not only eco friendly, but has running water and is vented — so it could be a 'beautifully smelling' space :). We use cedar wood chips as our compost. Whitewashed buckets filled with cedar chips are close at hand - instead of using a flush toilet.
Close to the pool, we have an adult sized treehouse (also featured on Apartment Therapy). The treehouse sleeps four, and has an upcycled slide for quick exit.
We love spending a summer with friends and family, and poolside entertainment is what it is all about for us. It gives us a chance to entertain at home and hear the wondrous sounds of the kids happily playing in the pool and surroundings.
To read more about Lynne's design projects, you can visit her blog.