Top tips for creating the best braai for your home

  • 18 March 2019 | Pakamani Nombila

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There are a few things that make a house a home and one of these is the braai area, especially in South Africa.

Braais in South Africa are synonymous with family time. It is where every so often on weekends and public holidays, friends and family get together to socialise and eat.

Below, we’ve outlined steps to help you create the perfect braai area for your home …

Choose the right spot

Choosing the right spot to build your braai area is crucial. This will ensure quality outdoor time even when the sun sets and temperatures start dropping in winter, or when it rains.

Your ideal area around the house should feel cosy and comfortable, encouraging lounging and late-night conversation in a secure spot. Ideally, you want to opt for an undercover braai area or outdoor kitchen where you can host people without having to worry about the weather.

Get creative during the design stage

It's key to think creatively about the design of your braai area. There are a number of factors to consider. You want to have your braai in a place where there is a lot of natural light coming in with views of the garden, the pool, your neighbourhood or – if you’re lucky – the ocean. Choose a space where heat will bounce off the walls and warm up the area even more on cold evenings.

During the design stage you also need to take into account things such as your available space and the types of countertops, drawers and cabinets you may want to install. This will make it easier for you to store utensils near the braai and save time rushing between the kitchen inside the house and your braai area when hosting people.

Get an expert opinion

Building a braai area may not seem like a major project; however, it’s always a good idea to get an expert opinion before you start. A professional will guide you in making the best decision on the type of braai best suited for your home; how much material you’ll need and the exact measurements.

Get at least three opinions from trusted and credible service providers. You will be able to compare prices, understand which braai will best suit your home and the supplies you will need to get the job done, as well as complementary colour patterns that will match and blend in with the rest of your house.

Enjoy finding your style

Make sure your braai area is in keeping with the style of the rest of your home. Choose colour schemes that easily become an extension of your living area, the kitchen or patio. Draw inspiration from the area surrounding your braai, such as your garden, the paving in your yard, the trees and vegetation that surround your home and even the pool.

Go green and recycle

If your budget is tight, think out of the box when creating storage in your braai area. One good idea is to create a bin for your accessories using old car tyres, supawood offcuts, castors and paint. Find step-by-step directions from Builders here, and get creative.

Not only can you store items such as charcoal or firewood in your new bin, you can also turn it into a handy table. By recycling old materials, you’ll also play your part in making your home green.
Once your braai area is all set and ready to go, just imagine grilled chicken, a nicely marinated steak, a bottle of wine, and a selection of your favourite people around your house discussing the latest match of the Proteas, Bafana Bafana or the Springboks, all in the comfort of your own braai area.