There is just something about food being cooked outside that brings out the best flavors while giving your party a unique flare. Outdoor kitchens provide a great opportunity to get your guests outside for a cookout while also keeping all the important amenities of a kitchen at your fingertips.
Outdoor kitchen designs come in many different choices. Here are five options for you to consider for your outdoor kitchen design:
Keep it simple – a basic plan of a grill, a cooktop, an oven, a refrigerator and some countertops can be placed into a square or circular pattern that fits your patio size and structure. This simple design will provide all the basics of a kitchen but sometimes it can get a bit crowded when there is limited space available.
Wood or stone or other – any outdoor kitchen design can incorporate multiple types of build materials including brick, wood, granite, tile, stone, iron and even plastics. Choose your products wisely and consider the environment where your outdoor kitchen will be placed. If it is a very moist area you may want to avoid metals or wood. If there is a lot of exposure to the sun and heat make sure you properly treat the building materials and choose colors that will not get too hot or crack.
Special features – once you have the basics covered you may want to consider other fun features as part of your outdoor kitchen design. This may include an ice maker, bar with taps and space for a keg, multiple sinks, compost as well as trash receptacles, a spit over an open fireplace, a smoker and more. Keep in mind your budget and all of the wiring, piping and tubing that would be required behind the scenes.
Vintage or contemporary – you can create a very old fashioned outdoor kitchen with a huge black kettle on an open fire and many vintage features. Or you can get contemporary with slick designs and all of the modern conveniences. It is up to you!
Lighting and ventilation – use your imagination with lighting for your outdoor kitchen. Consider using gas-powered lights or simple electrical LED lighting. You may also want to integrate a heater for cooler weather. Even though your kitchen is outside keep in mind how wind and rain could make cooking a challenge. Design and plan adequate cover and ventilation.
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