A good outdoor kitchen provides you with extra living space that lets you cook eat and entertain. It’s equally functional, warm, welcoming and comfortable as any indoor kitchen can be. In order to design such an elegant as well as the functional kitchen, you can request free catalogs or go through tips and suggestions that we have compiled below. Your outdoor kitchenette can be a simple set of grill and chairs or elaborate outfitted space complete with appliances and seating arrangements.
1. Work from the ground to upward
Establishing a layout of the floor and deciding the type of flooring is a significant part of any outdoor project. Your flooring should be weather resistant, stain proof, and anti-slippery in nature. It should be safe for children as well as aged folks. If your outdoor kitchen is close to the pool area then your focus should be on anti-slippery and easy to maintain flooring. You may also have to consider the weight of appliances that you plan to install. If your outdoor place is located on a deck then restain and paint to match the renovations. Proper flooring will add durability along with value and safety to the final product. For flooring, you can opt for bricks, cultured stone veneer or stucco.
Ideal location for your outdoor kitchen is 15-20 feet from the indoor kitchen so that you don’t have to carry food and supplies to long stretches. It lets you design a seating area where you can avoid direct sunlight. It’s cost-effective as you don’t need to run utilities for long distances and can cut costs by building them on existing patio and decks.
3. Kitchen Size
The number of appliances and their size plays a vital role in deciding the size of your kitchen. Take into account how appliances will be placed in the design, space for each appliance, and how they will operate together. You may also have to consider sink, refrigerator, and containers while coming up with appropriate kitchen size. Having counters with different heights can allow for various different functions. You can choose from U-shaped, L-shaped or Island kitchen counters according to your taste and convenience.
Just like any indoor kitchen, you may require a sufficient amount of storage for contains, vessels, ingredients, cutlery, and chinaware. These storage units should be easy to clean, durable to weather and temperature changes, and waterproof. For personalized look, coordinate countertops, flooring and cabinets. Stone and stainless steel tops and cabinets give modern, sleek and stylish appearance and are equally functional in nature. Teak and marine-grade polymers are also great alternatives for outdoor kitchen cabinets.
5. Reliable Appliances
Outdoor kitchen units mostly include grills (gas or charcoal), a small refrigerator and a sink. Choose reliable appliances that will survive through rain and sun. Ceramic or stainless steel appliances are durable, easy to maintain and work great in all weathers.
You can add ambiance to your outdoor kitchen with the aid of specialty lighting. Install deemer switch to change the mood of the kitchen with a mere click. Choose durable chairs, tables with comfortable cushions. Select moisture resistant fabrics for your cushions. Add decorative elements such as hanging plants or antic vase to give it elegant look. Including a small fountain or artificial waterfall can also assist in setting a relaxing tone. Don’t over decorate it may lead to cluttered and crowded look.
7. Bring comfort and safety outdoors
Light pathways, steps, and grilling areas to ensure safety. Build a pergola over your kitchen or opt for patio umbrellas to cover yourself from sun and rain. Hot locations may need mist sprays or over-head fans while cold regions may require heat lamps, fireplace or fire pits to warm up the surroundings. You can also incorporate lighting below or above countertops.
In order to design the outdoor kitchen, you may have to consider the type of flooring material, a number of appliances, size of the kitchen, location, storage, comfort, lighting and last but not the least budget. It’s recommended getting electricity and water supplies fitted from professionals. You may also need permits in order to extend electricity and water supply lines to your outdoor kitchen.