An outdoor kitchen expands your living space in the best ways – it allows you to cook, eat, and entertain with ease. Summer is the best time for backyard BBQ’s and family gatherings, so having a well designed outdoor kitchen is as crucial. It can be as functional as an indoor kitchen, as welcoming as a living room and as entertaining as a family room. This layout may seem tricky to achieve, but with these tips & suggestions you can start your outdoor kitchen design today!
1. Start from the ground up
Creating the floor layout in your outdoor kitchen is the foundation of your design. Choosing the right materials and color schemes is crucial for determining your overall look and color scheme. Be conscious of the climate that you live in as certain whether conditions can have an effect on the flooring you choose. It is important to remember – Safety First! You want to find a material well suited for your home, but also well suited for others who will be walking on it!
2. It’s all about location
If your home was not built with an outdoor kitchen, placement depends on several factors. Placement is key. For example, you will want to make sure that smoke from the grill does not waft into unwanted areas of your home.The U-Shaped layout is common for outdoor kitchens as it flows from hot to cold, moving from the grill to refrigerator drawers and then an ice maker. More importantly, if you plan to throw parties and entertain, consider placing everything in a close proximity of door so your guests can move around your quarters with ease. Keep in mind that friends & family will be doing various activities in your backyard so placement of hot appliances is crucial for safety!
3. Your appliances will determine the kitchen size
One of the first questions you should ask yourself is how many appliances you will need and what size will they be. Consider how all of your appliances will fit within the design plan, how much room to allow for each, and how they will work with each other. Having various counter heights and work surfaces allows for different functions within your outdoor kitchen. Architect Michael Layne says, “People are going to gather where cooking’s going on, so you need lots of counter space and plenty of seating.”
4. Have a place to set and store
Must like your indoor kitchen, you will need places to put items and plenty of storage for your outdoor festivities. And remember, if your outdoor kitchen is not sheltered, cabinets, counter tops, and appliances must be water proof! Since you started from the bottom up – your flooring should coordinate well with the rest of your design. We recommend using stone counter tops and steel appliances as it provides a sleek and modern look to your outdoor kitchen.
5. Choose reliable appliances
Many outdoor kitchens include a gas/charcoal grill, a sink, and a small refrigerator. If you already have the basics, get inspired and add a beer tap, wine cooler, hibachi grills, and some warming drawers. Again, we suggest that you choose either stainless steels or ceramic appliances as they are very durable through all weather conditions. Additionally, chose a sink that offers the amount of space you need for washing large quantities of food and dishes (Note: your outdoor sink must be hooked up to a yard hose or connected to the home’s water supply). You may want to call your local plumber and electrician to handle all of the hard work.
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