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13 braai area ideas

Leigh Leigh
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As South Africans, we all know how important it is to have a solid braai area, either outdoors or under cover, where we can throw some meat on the flames, crack open a beer and spend time with family friends.

A braai is also important, especially in the warm summer months, as it extends the living space outdoors. This ensures that the kids aren't cooped up in front of the television or playing on their phones. They are encouraged to play in the garden, in the fresh air and sunshine. It also means less mess for you to clean up indoors!

So if we want a braai area, where do we begin? Today we will find out!

We've put together 13 braai area ideas from top architects and designers, which will reveal to you some of the niftiest tips and tricks when it comes to these spaces. 

Shall we start exploring?

1. Rustic meets modern

Ayrshire outdoor living Modern style gardens by Lithic Fire Modern Sandstone
Lithic Fire

Ayrshire outdoor living

Lithic Fire

When it comes to your braai area, don't be afraid to mix styles and designs like Lithic Fire have done here. A rustic stone braai is surrounded by modern and smooth wooden chairs, while positioned on a smooth wooden deck. Enhanced by the beautiful lighting throughout, this is a flawless combination.

2. Under cover

If you're a fan of braai's, why not opt for an undercover braai area or outdoor kitchen, where you can spend time outside of the house without having to worry about the weather?

In this design, we can see how a gas braai works in harmony with an outdoor dining area, creating a whole new living area under cover in the backyard. The counter tops, drawers and cabinets allow for cutlery, crockery and utensils to be stored outside too, which means no rushing between the kitchen inside and the outdoor space.

3. Go ultra chic

If you like a very minimalist and edgy look and feel in (and out) your home, why not opt for a sleek and savvy braai like this one, which drops down from the ceiling?

Store the wood in a niche in the wall and you have the ultimate balance between functionality and trend.

4. Lightweight yet functional

modern  by D'Arrigo External Design, Modern
D'Arrigo External Design


D'Arrigo External Design

This outdoor space also features more of an outdoor kitchen than a braai area, with very practical results. There is even a sink!

5. Don't forget the pizza oven

Many South African families truly enjoy being outdoors, so why limit the outdoor cooking to braai food? Install a pizza oven in your braai area too and you can cook all sorts of meals under the stars or in the sunshine!

6. A little thatch nook

A covering can be very beneficial for a braai area, as we've mentioned before. Here we come across a little thatch nook, which is low cost yet very beneficial.

Have a look at these 10 stylish ways to catch some shade for inspiration for your own outdoor area.

7. A pergola

Another option is to go for a stylish pergola, which adds a gorgeous touch to the braai area without overwhelming it. Use it to hang plants or install lights, creating a beautiful outdoor haven.

8. A more temporary affair

This braai is fabulous in that it is portable and can be moved around, allowing you to convert any corner of your garden into a cooking area. 

There are also so many plates and features to this braai, you could use it to whip up a feast.

9. Simple yet sophisticated

Here we can see how the chopped up wood is easily accessible, while adding to the visual look and feel of the braai area—a great tip!

10. Opt for raw brick

This design, by Barbecue shows how raw brick works in harmony with white tones to create a rustic, warm and inviting braai area. 

It adds to the stunning visual effect of the garden too!

11. A little outdoor oven

modern  by Ñuke, Modern

This little industrial chic braai is functional, sweet and savvy. It brings a quirky splash of personality to an outdoor area yet is low cost but very effective!

12. Gather around

We all know how enchanting it can be to watch the orange flames flicker while we cook our braai food. So why not make a focal point of the braai? This can be very useful in winter and creates a centre point, which people can gather around.

13. Sleek and silver

When in doubt, opt for a timeless and practical design like this one, which utilises sleek, silver metal. It will make cleaning the braai very easy too!

Don't you love how the metal contrasts beautifully with the raw, red brick wall?

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