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Great Canadian Backyard Blog Series: Creating backyard bliss with the founders of Urban Bonfire

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The world has changed. Homeowners have spent the last 5 months revaluating their homes and their outdoor spaces. Backyards are becoming increasingly more important with homeowners looking to maximize their outdoor areas to increase living space. We caught up with outdoor living pros Ryan Bloom and Stefan Marchant, co-founders of Urban Bonfire, to talk about this fast-growing trend and why Dekton is the ideal surface when it comes to outdoor kitchens.

Tell us a little bit about Urban Bonfire.

Urban Bonfire develops functional, beautiful and high-performance outdoor kitchen solutions for clients and partners throughout North America. Based in Montréal, Québec, the company has a fully integrated in-house design team and compatibility with all major outdoor cooking equipment brands. Manufactured domestically, Urban Bonfire is the market leader in creating quality, memorable outdoor living and entertaining spaces.

The partnership between Cosentino and Urban Bonfire is unique because we share a mission to inspire and educate designers, architects, builders and homeowners about the realm of possibility outdoors. Cosentino’s modern surfaces and Urban Bonfire’s high-performance outdoor kitchen systems make a great pair and offer homeowners a beautiful solution for their outdoor cooking and entertaining spaces without compromising on functionality and durability.

Tell us about the outdoor kitchen prototype pictured above. What makes it an ideal unit for those looking to build an outdoor kitchen space?

The outdoor kitchen featuring Dekton Slim cladding has all of the benefits of the Urban Bonfire system, including marine-grade aluminum cabinets, outdoor-grade stainless steel hardware, and functional interior accessories, now with even greater design possibilities thanks to Dekton Slim’s growing range of finishes. The result is a sleek, simple and contemporary outdoor kitchen that can integrate beautifully in any outdoor living space.

Why was Dekton Slim a first choice to clad the prototype?

Dekton Slim was a natural fit for this new prototype not only because of its modern look and feel, but also because of its great properties such as resistance to stains, UV rays, and extreme weather conditions. These features give Dekton the versatility to adapt to both indoor and outdoor applications and pair perfectly with Urban Bonfire’s rugged outdoor kitchen systems, crafted to withstand the harshest of weather in any climate.

What advice do you have for homeowners before they consider building an outdoor kitchen space?

We encourage homeowners to think about how they will use their outdoor space, the same way they do when designing an indoor space. Do they entertain friends and family outdoors? What types of cooking do they enjoy? What types of activities do they hope to enjoy in their new outdoor living space? This will help them and/or their design professional determine the most appropriate layout, materials and equipment needed so that everything they love can be incorporated into their ideal outdoor space.

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