Stylish braai areas

TEXT CANDICE BOTHA, NATALIE BORUVKA PHOTOGRAPHS SALLY CHANCE, CHRISTOPH HOFFMANN

Steal some ideas from these clever braai areas to enhance your own

braai area

Ideal for entertaining a crowd, this patio includes a variety of stools which can be used as seats or side tables. Wooden barstools have been tucked under the counters flanking the braai to ensure guests will be comfy while keeping the braai master company.

The first thing the owners of this home did when they moved in was build a braai. They chose a sleek, contemporary stainless steel braai which has both wood and gas-fired sections. A storage nook for wood underneath and counters on either side are practical additions which make cooking here a pleasure.

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Braai area

As this covered patio is built slightly below ground level, the retaining wall offered the opportunity to include a built-in seat lined with cushions.

As this family spends most of their time relaxing and cooking in their open-plan kitchen and living area, it made sense for them to add a covered patio where they could do the same outdoors in summer. Rustic wood and wicker furniture and travertine tiles combined with romantic lanterns and wall lights imbue this space with the same casual elegance that flows through the rest of their home. The built-in braai, clad in stone that echoes the perimeter walls, creates a striking focal point.

Below the braai there’s a handy niche for storing wood and a countertop basin has been positioned alongside to provide a convenient place to wash your hands or to rinse off braai tongs and trays.

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