In designing your oven remember that the finished oven is a permanent feature in the landscape. Think in terms of designing your oven to compliment the architecture of your home and to maximize the features of your landscape. Take some time to get advice about oven styles and how they fit into your landscape and overall plan.
Exposed or enclosed dome?
When talking about designing your oven, we usually start by asking if you envision an exposed or enclosed dome.
Most people have a strong preference for one or the other. Both have advantages and the building cost is about the same, so this is an area where you should go with the look you prefer.
Designing your oven with the site in mind
Do you have a view too beautiful to hide? Or a rugged landscape that needs balance? Do you have a small space? Shade trees? Wind? Afternoon sunlight? What do you see from the house? Before you build, talk with us about suggestions for what works with the features of your site.
Make it visually appealing
We’re experienced in designing ovens to be visually appealing with expert functionality. A wood-fired oven should be a premier cooking device that enhances your outdoor space. Check out our gallery for ideas for designing your oven with function and landscape perspective in mind.
Design for functional style
Check out the photos below for examples of oven styles–open, simple, massive–and how they’re often featured. We’re experienced in building with materials native to Texas and creating wood-fired ovens and outdoor cooking devices to compliment Texas landscapes.
Oven on a stand: Often featured in small landscapes or to avoid obstructing a beautiful view.
Oven with uncovered dome: Often used in small to moderate landscapes, not to dominate the space, where an emphasis on the beautiful curve of the dome is a focal point. Many people like the exposed dome because it evokes the romance and history of cooking in wood-burning ovens.
Oven with enclosed dome: Often found in large, rugged landscapes or when an oven is built into a wall. These can add visual weight and balance, as part of an outdoor kitchen, to obstruct or block an aspect of the landscape or shield an area from wind. Enclosing the dome is also a great way to shield it from extreme weather.
Designing your oven is the icing on the cake. Whichever style you choose, the functional oven core is the same. You’ll be roasting, baking, smoking and enjoying delicious food with the distinctive taste of cooking with wood.