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Understanding the Custom Outdoor Kitchen Area

Custom outdoor kitchen design using CAD (Computer Aided Design). Elegant Outdoor Kitchens uses the latest in computer aided technology for our barbecue island designs

In this article, we’re going to help the everyday average home owner understand the basics of outdoor kitchen & living area construction. Along with the differences between an outdoor living area and a barbecue island or outdoor kitchen. This article isn’t for the do-it-yourselfer, it’s not about building an outdoor kitchen, it’s simply a crash course that will help you understand what’s available. It will be split up into numerous articles. So, we recommend you subscribe to our RSS Feed. You can subscribe to our RSS Feed through the link below.

If you’ve been considering a custom outdoor kitchen, look no further than Elegant Outdoor Kitchens of Southwest Florida!

 

Note: In this article we’ll use the word outdoor kitchen, BBQ Island, and Barbecue Island interchangeably. All we’re referring to is the structure that contains your grill & components. A custom barbecue island can be used for so much more than cooking/grilling though. Some custom outdoor kitchens include bar height counter-tops, prep-areas, fire features and more.

The Custom Outdoor Kitchen or Barbecue Island

In today’s article, we’ll be talking about the outdoor kitchen or barbecue island. The barbecue island is your outdoor kitchens structure. The island is the structure that will hold all the professional components you choose to include. Outdoor kitchen components such as a barbecue grill, sideburner, power burner, stainless-steel storage doors & drawers, and any other components you choose to include. It’s always best to consult with a professional outdoor kitchen contractor before you start purchasing any components for your BBQ Island. A professional outdoor kitchen builder will help to assess the outdoor space you have to work with, design a structure using the latest in CAD (Computer Aided Design) technology, and guide you through the entire construction process. You wouldn’t build a house without consulting with one. Building an outdoor kitchen isn’t any different. This is a structure that will be used regularly, it will contain components that utilize an open flame and reach extremely high temperatures. It’s always best to bring in a professional to assist or even to build the entire BBQ Island. At Elegant Outdoor Kitchens, we build quality custom outdoor kitchens that are beautiful, safe and built to last. Our professionals will help you understand your design options along with many other choices you’ll have.

 

The Elegant Outdoor Kitchens – Custom Outdoor Kitchen Design Process

Elegant Outdoor Kitchens - Custom CAD Drawing

Elegant Outdoor Kitchens – Custom CAD Drawing

After the EOK professionals survey and assess the area you plan to build your barbecue island in, we move on into the design process. Our design team will work closely with you to understand exactly what you want and expect from your new kitchen area. After our team is confident they understand your needs. We then start creating 3D renderings of potential design options. All our designs are visual and 3-Dimensional. This leaves little to chance or imagination. We enable you to see your custom outdoor kitchen design, before we ever start to build. This process allows us to modify, add, and remove elements until you are totally satisfied with the design. This eliminates most errors and misunderstandings that can occur during construction. The Elegant Outdoor Kitchens design process is top notch. Our professional team is here to make sure you receive a product that you’ll love.

Are you interested in seeing some our handy work? Visit our Elegant Outdoor Kitchens project portfolio page to view some of our amazing outdoor kitchen designs. We’re one of Southwest Florida’s leading professional outdoor kitchen manufacturers. Give us a call today, let’s start building!

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Professional Outdoor Kitchen Design of Southwest Florida

Outdoor Kitchen CAD Concept Drawing

Elegant Outdoor Kitchens of Southwest Florida is your one-stop-shop for professional outdoor kitchen design services. Located in Fort Myers, we custom design & manufacture beautiful outdoor kitchens. From concept to completion our team of professionals is here to build the BBQ Island you’ve always imagined. We work closely with our clients every step of the way. Our process enables our customers to choose a custom layout, finishing materials, professional grill, and all the stainless-steel components necessary for a truly unique custom outdoor kitchen product. We deliver a finished product that our clients will enjoy for many years to come. Our outdoor kitchens are perfect for intimate family gatherings or the occasional celebration. You choose the design that fits your unique living space.

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Official Yelp Brand Logo – Elegant Outdoor Kitchens of Southwest Florida

Our experienced professionals will guide you through the Elegant Outdoor Kitchen design process. We start with an on-site design consultation that allows us to survey your home as well as explore potential design options. We provide a truly unique service to Southwest Floridians. Our experts are here to help you understand your options during the outdoor kitchen design process. Half the battle is knowing what’s available to you. Once we understand what you want, we’ll continue into the layout of your custom outdoor kitchen design using the latest CAD (Computer Aided Design) technology. CAD enables our professionals to present viable design options, all before we ever touch the materials used to construct your custom outdoor kitchen design. During the CAD process we’re able to add, change, and remove design elements based on your feedback. The result being a blueprint that is designed to your specification. You get to see exactly how your kitchen will look before we ever start to build. If you haven’t had a chance to view our outdoor kitchen design portfolio, we recommend you follow this link. Be sure to check us out on Yelp too!

Giallo Ornamental & Golden White

Giallo Ornamental & Golden White

The Ultimate Custom Outdoor Kitchen Design – Elegant Outdoor Kitchens

What are you waiting for? Give our team a call today to schedule a design consultation. If you’re still not convinced, just check out what people are saying about Elegant Outdoor Kitchens of Fort Myers, Florida. Below you’ll find real customer testimonials from customers just like yourself. Give Elegant Outdoor Kitchens of Southwest Florida a chance to exceed all your expectations.

Ben is hands down the ONLY 1 that will deliver the top notch, quality work that is Elegant Outdoor Kitchens! His creativity, attention to detail and perfectionism is what gives him his reputation of excellence. Related

Customer Testimonial – Paige Phillips

 

Anyone who is considering an outdoor kitchen needs to contact Ben Poulton of Elegant Outdoor Kitchens. My wife and I couldn’t be happier. Ben pays attention to detail and his craftsmanship is outstanding. Our new home in Ft. Myers is truly enhanced because of this feature. Ben and Andrea make the purchase of the kitchen that much easier because of their attentiveness and knowledge. I strongly recommend them and I’m sure you will be as happy as we are.

Customer Testimonial – Hal G., Fort Myers, Florida

Okay, now that you’ve seen what people are saying about us, go ahead and give us a call today to schedule an on-site design consultation. We’re confident that you’ll love the Elegant Outdoor Kitchen difference. That difference is the fact that you’re the most important part of our business. We appreciate you stopping by our website. We look forward to building the outdoor kitchen you’ve always wanted, all at an affordable price.

Elegant Outdoor Kitchens Recommended BBQ Sauce – Neely’s BBQ Sauce

BBQ Sauce Recipe - Elegant Outdoor Kitchens of Fort Myers, Florida

Happy 4th of July From Elegant Outdoor Kitchens!

We were going to post another recipe in observance of the 4th of July but opted to post a spectacular BBQ Sauce recipe from the Food Network. It’ll take about an hour and twenty minutes to make but is worth every minute. We posted two amazing recipes already and thought a BBQ Sauce would serve you well. Instead of purchasing a store-bought BBQ Sauce, get creative and make your own. We’re sure your guests and family members will fully appreciate the effort.

Recipe courtesy of The Neelys

Show: Down Home with the Neelys

View the BBQ Sauce Recipe

Happy 4th of July - Elegant Outdoor Kitchens

Happy 4th of July – Elegant Outdoor Kitchens

Stay Safe and Drink Responsibly

Elegant Outdoor Kitchens hopes that you and your family have an amazing 4th of July. We only ask that you drink responsibly and remember why we celebrate this historical day. Our Independence Day celebration is a time to take pause and reflect on how far America has come. Happy Birthday America!

A Day to Reflect and Remember Our Country and the Independence we Enjoy
Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire. The Congress actually voted to declare independence two days earlier, on July 2.

Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.

Best Barbecue Ribs Ever – Food Network BBQ Ribs Recipe

Amazing BBQ Ribs - Professional Barbecue Grill Recipe

Best Barbecue Ribs Ever

The 4th of July is tomorrow! As Americans, we celebrate this historical day in remembrance of our Independence. The 4th of July is the day our original thirteen colonies declared our Independence from England. It was the day we officially became a free country. At Elegant Outdoor Kitchens, we feel that it’s our duty to remember. Celebrate the 4th with your family and friends and please take a moment to reflect on the reason we celebrate this day.

View The Recipe Here

In observance of the 4th of July we’re posting another amazing outdoor grilling recipe for you to try. We decided that nothing says the 4th of July better than BBQ Ribs. When it comes to grilling those ribs, having a professional barbecue grill and outdoor kitchen area can make preparing and cooking your meals much easier. Believe it or not, the professional grill brands we sell here at Elegant Outdoor Kitchens are designed for optimal performance. The most common features you’ll benefit from when using a professional grill is the overall BTU output, evenly distributed heat on the grilling surface, infrared burners, rotisserie, and many other upgraded components. Also, the grills we sell have a more than reasonable life span. They’re not grills that you throw out every two years. We just wanted to impart some of our BBQ Master secrets that we’ve learned over the years. When buying a grill, you always get what you paid for.

Best Barbecue Ribs Ever

We found one of the best Barbecue Rib recipes on the Food Network and decided to share. We’re hoping that some of our suggestions will help you decide what you’ll serve for our Independence Day.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/katie-lee/best-barbecue-ribs-ever-3364398

Recipe courtesy of Katie Lee

Celebrating the 4th with BBQ Pulled Pork – Recipe

BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe - Elegant Outdoor Kitchens

Bobby Flay’s – Oklahoma Joe’s Pulled Pork

Recipe courtesy of Jeff Stehney | Show: BBQ with Bobby Flay
In observance of the 4th of July, we thought we’d share a BBQ recipe everyday leading up into the 4th. Here at Elegant Outdoor Kitchens we wanted to remind our customers of some of the reasons why they built or are planning to build an outdoor kitchen area. The outdoor kitchen is designed for Holidays and gatherings. It’s a time to relax and enjoy the family and friends we hold dear to our hearts. What better way to gather than around a wonderful meal that was grilled and enjoyed outdoors. Elegant Outdoor Kitchens is Southwest Florida’s go-to outdoor kitchen manufacturer. We design & build custom BBQ Island cabinetry that’s built to fit your unique outdoor living space. If you can dream up an outdoor kitchen, we can build it for you.

In our effort to celebrate our freedom along with remembering just how great this country truly is, we wanted share a recipe from the Food Network. Specifically, a BBQ recipe from the show “BBQ with Bobby Flay”. Below you’ll find it, along with a link giving credit to the Food Network.

Free Outdoor Kitchen Design Guide by Elegant Outdoor Kitchens

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The Process Of Building A Custom Outdoor Kitchen

We have compiled the perfect outdoor kitchen design guide that’s designed to give you an introduction to the process. The Elegant Outdoor Kitchens team has compiled a useful outdoor kitchen design guide that will help you understand what to expect from a custom outdoor kitchen build. You’ll learn about design configurations, materials, grills, components, and so much more. Download your design guide below.
Elegant Outdoor Kitchens – Starting Your Outdoor Kitchen Construction Project Guide.

Custom Outdoor Kitchen plans can be as simple or complex as you desire. The one physical factor that keeps many of us from designing the ultimate outdoor living area is space. Chances are that you have a limited amount space or physical area to work with. Unless your last name is Rockefeller, then you just got it like that. The other factor tends to be budget.

 
Materita in Pelican Preserve Outdoor Kitchen BBQ Island

Materita in Pelican Preserve Outdoor Kitchen BBQ Island

There are many practical design layouts that you can implement. Most of these layouts stem from a few basic design configurations. The base layout configurations consist of:

  • Straight or Linear
  • U-Shape
  • L-Shape
  • Split Level
  • ¾ Square

While this list is anything but extensive, almost every custom outdoor kitchen layout is based off one of these basic models. Depending on the area you have, we’re certain that you can convey to your EOK Designer which type of design configuration you want through the base styles mentioned.

The best part of designing an outdoor kitchen is the customization. BBQ Island designs are customized with everything from backsplashes, raised bar areas (split level), dining areas, even fire features built right into the counter-top. The list is quite endless when it comes to structural customization. This section of the brochure will prepare you to talk the talk with your designer.

 

Aesthetic Finish Materials

Close-Up of Special Order Counter-Top Granite with Striped Pattern

Close-Up of Special Order Counter-Top Granite with Striped Pattern

When working with Elegant Outdoor Kitchens, you’re able to choose the unique finishing materials for your brand-new custom outdoor kitchen. When it comes to your finishing material options, the material choices are quite extensive. It’s important to understand that inferior materials and craftsmanship will deteriorate quickly in an outdoor environment.

Countertops

During the layout and design phase you will have already decided on how much counter space you have to work with. Countertops are important, as you will need them to prepare food, serve food, and ultimately use as a space to set stuff down. The material you choose for your countertop is an important one. You should consider that it will be exposed to outdoor elements, it can’t stain or chip easily, and it should match your siding. Luckily there are many options when it comes to countertops. The best choices are going to be materials like natural stone, concrete, or an outdoor tile. It’s best to speak with an Elegant Outdoor Kitchens representative before purchasing any materials for your countertop.

 

Facing Finish

The siding finish is what you and your guests will immediately notice about your outdoor kitchen. That’s why this finish should be considered carefully. It’s always a good idea to choose a finish that matches your overall outdoor environment and your countertops. Stone veneer, also known as stacked stone is an upscale and popular outdoor kitchen finish. When choosing a veneer, you must consider your climate and the weather it will be exposed to. What you will have to choose from will depend on your environment. Speak with your Elegant Outdoor Kitchens representative about the material options that are available and suitable for your climate. They’ll be happy to showcase some of the beautiful materials you can use for your outdoor kitchen.

 

Built-In Grills & Accessories

The best part of designing your outdoor kitchen is choosing from the amazing cooking & grilling components that are available today. The choices are vast and it helps to have an experienced outdoor kitchen consultant to help you realize your outdoor cooking needs. You must consider many factors when choosing your grill, stainless steel accessories, and secondary cooking components. Things to keep in mind are your budget and the space you have in your outdoor kitchen design.

 

The Built-In Grill

Blaze 40 Inch 5-Burner Gas Grill With Rear Burner - Open Grill Head

Blaze 40 Inch 5-Burner Gas Grill With Rear Burner – Open Grill Head

Let’s face it, an outdoor kitchen isn’t a kitchen without a professional grill. This will be your go-to cooking component for your outdoor living area. It’s important to make sure you choose a grill that’s durable, high performance, and will withstand the test of time. The last thing you want to do is build an outdoor kitchen with cut-out dimensions for a grill that will only last two years. What If the manufacturer goes out of business? Our recommendation is that you buy a professional style grill that will last you between ten to fifteen years. Plus, the performance you’ll get from a professional grill is unmatched when compared to some of the lower end manufacturers you find at places like Home Depot.

Outdoor Kitchen Accessories

From Pizza Ovens to Access Doors, Drawers, and more. Your outdoor kitchen can be outfitted with even more custom cooking components than your interior kitchen. There are very few limits to cooking outdoors. Speak with one of our Elegant Outdoor Kitchens designers to choose your custom accessories and additional cooking components.

Designing and outdoor kitchen for your home is an exciting time. It’s important that you choose a company that will work closely with you to plan, design, and manufacture the outdoor kitchen that you’ve always wanted. Here at Elegant Outdoor Kitchens we pride ourselves on communication and customer service & support. Building your perfect outdoor kitchen means that we must first understand what you want in an outdoor living area. We hope that our outdoor kitchen design guide helps. Give us a call or send us an inquiry through the form we’ve included below. We’re here to help you with all your custom outdoor kitchen needs. So, let’s get building!

Call Elegant Outdoor Kitchens at (239) 229-9033 to schedule YOUR outdoor kitchen consultation!

Custom Outdoor Kitchen Construction of Fort Myers Florida

Outdoor Kitchen Builder Fort Myers Florida

Understanding The Custom Outdoor Kitchen Design Process

The outdoor kitchen design process is exciting! You’ll always receive professional services when you choose Elegant Outdoor Kitchens to build your custom BBQ Island. From concept to completion, we’ll transform your backyard into an entertaining environment that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

Elegant Outdoor Kitchens of Fort Myers, Florida is your source for innovative and aesthetically appealing custom outdoor kitchens. We specialize in all types of outdoor kitchen construction services. From design concept to installation & finishing. Our courteous and professional team will walk you through the entire process of constructing the outdoor living area you’ve always dreamt about. We work closely with our customers, every step of the way, attentive to every detail, and always within your budget.

Custom Outdoor Kitchen Design - CAD (Computer Aided Design)

Custom Outdoor Kitchen Design – CAD (Computer Aided Design)

Planning & designing your custom outdoor kitchen area is always a blast. From choosing a design layout & cooking components to selecting the finishing materials, you’ll enjoy every step of the way. Our professionals are experienced and knowledgeable within the outdoor living industry. So, we’re able to take you through our past projects and explore new design options that will help you get a better idea of what we’re capable of. We don’t start building until you’re 100% happy with the design. That’s why Elegant Outdoor Kitchens is the premier outdoor kitchen construction company in Florida.

We Understand Our Customers

We understand our clients and outdoor kitchen construction. We want you to be happy with your custom outdoor kitchen area. That’s why our elegant outdoor design process was created. To ensure that our customers know exactly what their getting in their custom build. We develop and design with CAD (Computer Aided Design). CAD technology allows us to present a design or designs to our customers for approval. This eliminates most misunderstandings or errors that can occur. This happens before we ever start the actual construction process. Between planning, design, and open communication with our customers, we feel confident that we can deliver exactly what you want, and always within your predetermined budget.

What Are You Waiting For?

There are very few companies in the Florida market that can successfully meld functional design with aesthetic beauty. We’re one of those contractors. Elegant Outdoor Kitchens offers affordable solutions that will transform your outdoor area into a brand new entertaining & hosting environment. Enabling you to create new and exciting meals, while creating new memories with your family and loved ones.

Outdoor Kitchen Countertop Considerations

Custom Granite Outdoor Kitchen Countertops by Elegant Outdoor Kitchens

Custom Outdoor Kitchen Countertops - Granite

Custom Outdoor Kitchen Countertops – Granite

When it comes to your elegant outdoor kitchen, countertops are one of your first considerations. Countertops improve the aesthetic appeal of your barbecue Island. Outdoor kitchen countertops are the primary place for food preparation and serving. It’s important to understand how much counter space you’ll need, along with whether you’ll add any features and or components to it. Adding components like a sink or sideburner, or features such as a backsplash are things you must keep in mind. Functionality and durability should be top priorities when building your outdoor kitchen. Looks are important, but not before functionality and durability. It’s extremely important to select a material that will complement the style of your home, along with how you intend to use it.

An outdoor countertop needs to be durable, weather-resistant, and beautiful. Outdoor countertops will be exposed to natural elements such as UV rays, heat, humidity, rain, etc. Therefore, durable and weatherproof outdoor countertop materials are of the utmost importance. Other considerations are material strength and resistance to spills, staining and frequent use.

Three of the best choices for your outdoor kitchen countertops are stone, concrete, and tile. Stone, concrete, and tile are designed to stand up to the outdoor elements and use. It’s always a good idea to check with the manufacturer before installing. The last thing you want to do is install a countertop material, only to find that it’s made for interior use only. We wouldn’t want your beautiful countertop to fade or deteriorate too quickly. Durable and protective materials can be costlier in the initial construction process, but these costs up front will end up saving you in the long run.

If you’re thinking of building a custom outdoor kitchen area and need to speak with a professional, give Elegant Outdoor Kitchens a call today. We’re the premier outdoor kitchen construction company in Southern Florida. Schedule an on-site consultation today!

5 Reasons Why You Should Have an Outdoor Kitchen Area

5 Reasons Featured to Build a Brand New Outdoor Kitchen - Elegant Outdoor Kitchens of Fort Myers, Florida

Outdoor Kitchens are becoming a normal addition to the American home. They are considered an extension of the indoor residence, acting as a place to grill, dine, and socialize. This isn’t something new though; Mediterranean people have been doing this for hundreds of years. In all actuality, it can be considered a part of their culture.

The American style outdoor kitchen is unique though, it draws inspiration from multiculturalism. As we all know, grilling and cooking styles vary from region to region. In an American outdoor kitchen, it’s not uncommon to see an Italian style pizza oven next to a Kamado style, or a traditional style grill. Just as we’re a melting pot for all the amazing people from around the world, we’re starting to see multicultural cooking and grilling influences in the American outdoor kitchen. I must say, it’s an amazing time to build your custom outdoor kitchen area!

Increase the Value of your Residential with an Outdoor Kitchen Build1. The No Brainer – It Raises the Value of Your Home

Let’s face it, Americans like to invest! We want to know that the money we’re putting into something will eventually yield some type of financial gain. Well, you’re in luck. An outdoor kitchen area that’s professionally built will do just that, increase the value of your home. Not only will it increase the value, but it will be that much more appealing to the “would be buyer” if you decide to sell your home. This is one of those features that can tip the buyer scale in your favor.

 

2. Extends and Expands Your Living Space

The outdoor kitchen & outdoor living area is an extension of your home. There’s really no need to add-on an additional room to your residence. At least not one with four walls and a roof. Just build the outdoor retreat you’ve always wanted, one with a kitchen, dining area, and covered patio with lounging chairs. You’ll be able to celebrate family birthdays, holidays, or just plain days in your new outdoor living area. Now, there’ll be less need to vacation, because you’ll absolutely love your new “stay-cation” environment.

 

Eat Healthy from Home with an Outdoor Kitchen Environment3. Eat Healthier with Home Cooked & Grilled Meals (Restaurant Style)

Grilling is already known to enhance the flavor of food. Even more so when the food is from your own grill, it’s just better! It also allows you to experiment with grilling styles along with cooking the food to your own taste. The best part is that you know, without a doubt, the source of your food. You’ll be able to cook much leaner and healthier meals from your own grill too. Since most the fat and grease ends up dripping off the meat, this will make your home grilled meals that much healthier.

 

4. Great for Entertaining Family and Loved Ones

Did we mention the outdoor entertainment value! Yea, one of the best parts. Your new outdoor kitchen area will allow you to truly entertain your guests. Opening both the interior and exterior of your home to your guests will make entertaining easy and effortless, like a summer breeze. You’ll be a source of envy from all your family and friends. The possibilities are endless.

 

5. Keeps Cooking Smells Outside

When you cook that fresh Salmon you just purchased from the market, the last thing you’re thinking about is your home smelling like fish for the next few days. We all love the delicious smell of great food, but we don’t want our furniture, clothes, and other valuables smelling like it. One of the best reasons for owning an outdoor kitchen area is this very fact. You’re able to keep those smells out of your primary living area. With an outdoor kitchen area, you can keep your home smelling like “Summer Rain”, or whatever other fragrance you prefer.

There are countless other benefits and reasons to build a custom outdoor kitchen & living area. They end up being a special place where you and your loved ones can enjoy each other’s company. This is by far the most valuable aspect of this construction concept. You’ll have a place to socialize, making lovely memories while enjoying the people who really matter in life.

 

We understand that building a outdoor kitchen area is a big decision. We’re here to assist by answering any questions you might have about the construction process. With Elegant Outdoor Kitchens you’ll never encounter pushy sales people. Just our professional design team that’s ready to build your custom outdoor living space. Contact us today for more information.

View some samples of our quality outdoor kitchen construction work below.

Beautiful Custom Outdoor Kitchens

Beautiful Custom Outdoor Kitchens

Are you in the Florida area? Excellent, because Elegant Outdoor Kitchens is your premiere outdoor kitchen and BBQ island contractor. We serve Esperanza in Paseo, Solaro & Materita in Pelican Preserve, Bridgetown, Plantation all in Fort Myers; Corkscrew Shores in Estero and in Lely in Naples! Elegant Outdoor Kitchens of Fort Myers, Florida is the leading custom outdoor kitchen construction company. We provide custom solutions for your outdoor living space. We’re licensed and insured! Give us a call today for more information or to schedule an on-site consultation. Let’s get building, today!