Meet Our Team

Edward

Raised in New Zealand by Dutch parents, Edward knows a thing or two about what makes a BBQ gathering great, and he swears it’s far more than just the food. His keen social spirit and entrepreneurial courage drew him to Europe in his early thirties. Now settled in the Netherlands with his wife Carmen and their four children, Edward calls both countries home and is the type of guy that will always have a chilled beer waiting for you.

David

Originally from the UK, now settled in The Netherlands for the past 20 years. In this period he established a successful property development and construction business. While traveling through Australia, met his (future) Dutch wife and together with their two young children continue to see the world, visiting off the beaten track places. David has experienced and appreciates the benefits of outdoor living in various climates plus the enjoyment and energy fresh air brings.

Adéle

Adéle works in the architecture industry in South Africa. After completing her masters about the influence of architecture on children’s education and development, she strives to enhance people’s positive interaction with the built environment. She is currently gaining experience in residential architecture and aims to find creative solutions for the challenges this industry presents. Adéle brings positive energy and a strong work ethic to every project she encounters.

Our story

Where It All Started

In 2018, founder Edward sold his previous company and took some time off to be with his family. But like any entrepreneur, he didn’t sit idle for long and nor was he going to sit inside all day. Remembering the laid-back BBQs he grew up around in New Zealand, he decided building an outdoor kitchen would be a great project and an awesome addition to his family home.

In busy times like today, we believe in helping people find balance. And every time we break ground on a new project we get excited knowing that’s the real driver behind all this, just as it was for Edward when our story begun.

In the early stage Edward enlisted help of a friend who was a keen mountaineer who loved the outdoors but also a skilled craftsman dedicated to details.

After many, many hours of tediously sanding oak beams to get the finish just right, Edward concluded two important things that set everything in motion for The Great Outdoors—we should build these outdoor kitchens for other people…and all wood will be delivered from suppliers fully sanded.

A personal project was now developing into a bigger beast. And as Edward shared stories of his project with people, his initial motivations for it seemed to resonate with them all. “Making more of our garden space would be great.” “It would totally add value to our life and also our property.” “We’d love to be outdoors more. If you can help us extend summer and shorten winter, especially with our weather here in the Netherlands, we’re in!” He didn’t need much more convincing.

Barbecuing and outdoor entertaining weren’t new to Edward, but the industry behind it was. It was time to investigate. He headed to Europe’s largest outdoor kitchen fair, discussed pros and cons with designers and sustainable materials with suppliers (especially pre-finished beams). He conducted market research which of course included inviting friends to the newly-finished outdoor entertaining area they’d built.

The key he quickly realised, was not in the BBQ alone (there were plenty of those suppliers) but in the whole package. Creating outdoor spaces for family and friends to chill out, cook food, open a bottle, catch up and just enjoy life.

The end of 2019 arrived and so did the official formation of The Great Outdoors­—complete, made-to-measure outdoor entertaining areas.

In busy times like today, we believe in helping people find balance. And every time we break ground on a new project we get excited knowing that’s the real driver behind all this, just as it was for Edward when the story begun.

Hope to meet you soon and chat about what you want out of your back garden.

— Edward

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