Creating a BBQ Area

Outdoor living - one of the best parts of spring, summer, and fall in Ottawa. No matter your property's size or shape, an outdoor living space creates a wonderful spot to gather with family and friends to enjoy good weather, beautiful scenery, and delicious food. Not to mention that homes with functional and welcoming outdoor living spaces generally see an increase in their resale value. If you want to create an outdoor living space on your property this summer, Greely Sand & Gravel has all the products you need to get started!

When you think about creating an outdoor living area for barbequing, eating, and maybe enjoying a campfire, your mind might jump straight to an interlock patio or some large flagstones. However, there are many other options for creating a functional and beautiful base for your outdoor living area.

The first thing to consider when planning your outdoor living area is size. How big is your yard? Will this patio area be an addition to an already existing deck or porch? Are you creating anoutdoor living area around a pool? What size and type of furniture will you be placing in the space? Once you have the answers to these questions, you can determine how big your outdoor living area will be. You will also want to consider the placement of your outdoor living area. Make sure that there is adequate drainage and that water won’t pool in the space you are considering.

Once you have the dimensions of the space, consider what product might be the right choice for your area. While a traditional interlock patio can be beautiful and functional, many other options exist! If you are looking for a product that is easy to install and provides great drainage, a rustic, loose stone look might work. Two of our premium products that we would recommend for this type of project are:

● Decomposed Granite
● ⅜” - ⅝” Riverwash Stone

Both of these products are naturally occurring, Canadian-sourced products that add both beauty and functionality to your outdoor living space.

Decomposed Granite is obtained from decomposed or eroded hard granite rocks, so the colours may vary from gray and black to red and green. When used well, Decomposed Granite can be one of the most versatile, functional, and aesthetically pleasing hardscaping products available. Decomposed Granite offers a unique texture that creates an excellent base for walking or underneath patio furniture or a barbeque. Additionally, due to its specialized physical properties, mud, dirt, animal waste, and even odours do not stick to it, making it an excellent choice for areas frequented by pets.

If you want a slightly larger and more rustic stone, our ⅜” - ⅝” Riverwash Stone is a wonderful option! Also known as pea stone, ⅜” - ⅝” Riverwash Stone is small enough to create a stable base for walking or underneath furniture but still gives that rustic, aesthetically pleasing look you would expect from a coloured Riverwash Stone. Our locally sourced Riverwash Stone contains various naturally occurring colours, making it an excellent canvas upon which to build your outdoor living area or barbeque station.

Both Decomposed Granite and ⅜” - ⅝” Riverwash Stone are available for bulk load delivery or in convenient Greely Gardening Bags - now available in three sizes. Place your order online or over the phone and select a delivery date that works for you!

For more information about all our landscaping and hardscaping products, don’t hesitate to visit our online store, call our office, or visit one of our two landscape depots. We can’t wait to help make your perfect outdoor living space a reality!