For anyone who loves to cook for family and friends, an outdoor kitchen is a game-changer. The ability to cook outdoors while entertaining means you don’t have to heat up your house (a major perk during summer months!) and you get to hang out where your guests are hanging out.
Here are a few things to think about when planning your outdoor kitchen so you can make sure it’s a great spot to cook and visit with guests.Get a free quote
This sounds like such obvious advice, but it’s easy to go down the wrong path when you begin looking at inspiring pictures. Don’t be tempted by elaborate setups that include elements you won’t use. For example, if the idea of cooking homemade pizza and baking it in a woodfired pizza oven sounds idyllic to you, that’s great—but if in reality you’re more likely to barbeque, it makes more sense to invest in a nice grill than a woodfired pizza oven you may not use often. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
When you determine how you’ll actually use the space, you can cut out elements you don’t envision yourself using and instead spend that money on those “nice to haves” that you’ll get a lot of use out of.
A floor that’s durable, beautiful, and easy to clean is a key ingredient of and outdoor kitchen. If the concrete patio you have now needs some work, consider concrete resurfacing. With concrete resurfacing, an experienced contractor can install a decorative coating right on top of your existing concrete surface. That means you don’t need to add the cost and mess of a demo job on top of your outdoor kitchen project.
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Here are some questions to consider when deciding where you want your outdoor kitchen.
Being in nature and seeing plant life adds a special element to cooking outdoors. In this article on Kitchen & Bath Design News, Kim Berndtson notes that “when planning indoor kitchens, designers are frequently tasked with ‘bringing the outdoors in,’ which they often accomplish with material selections or a strategically positioned view of nature.”
Positioning your kitchen in a way that gives it a view of the backyard beyond creates a rich experience for yourself and your guests. If you must face a wall, consider going vertical with your plants or including a climbing vine to enhance the greenery in the space.
Using edible plants from your own garden is another way to make an extra special outdoor cooking experience. Figure out the best spots for herbs and the like so you can easily pick, rinse, then add them to your dishes. Incorporate edible plants nearby by using tiered containers, hanging planters, flanking either side of your kitchen space with pots, and even on living walls.
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Berndtson, K. (2021, April 6). Inside Out. Kitchen & Bath Design News.
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