Updated Suburban Getaway| Outdoor Kitchen Gallery

Long Island, New York

  • Wide shot of an outdoor kitchen with generous amount of seating.
  • In early 2019, Gene and Gerri Surdi faced a familiar problem: another precious New York summer spent staring out at a backyard they didn’t like. The AZEK plastic deck they installed about 7 years prior had long since warped and discolored, morphing into an eyesore that detracted from the welcoming outdoor living space the Surdis hoped to create. But the Long Island couple weighed the costs of a replacement patio — not to mention the original price of the decking — and ultimately decided to sit tight with what they had. Still, Gene began wondering how their backyard would look with an outdoor kitchen better suited to their brand of entertaining.

    So that winter, after a few years of wondering, the homeowners finally stopped putting off their backyard facelift. Up came the AZEK deck and down went taupe Cambridge pavers that set the tone for the space’s inviting palette. Then came a detached covering, a U-shaped BBQ island beneath, and 4 distinct seating areas to fit large crowds and ensure the perfect lounging option is available for smaller ones. Gene, an electrical contractor, even took certain matters into his own hands with DIY work on the gas and electrical connections.

In just a few short months, the Surdis’ backyard became the go-to gathering place for horse races, the Yankees’ playoff run, and nights of music under the stars. Now their outdoor space stands as a monument to a simple concept: If you’re unhappy with your backyard, why wait to change it?

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