An outdoor kitchen is a wonderful and useful addition to any backyard or patio. You can entertain, cook and prepare meals while enjoying the fresh air. It is also a great way to expand your living room into an outdoor space for all to enjoy. Outdoor kitchens can be a centerpiece of entertainment during the summer, so it is important to design it just the way you want. Outdoor kitchens add significant value to your home so they need to be carefully designed. The perfect outdoor kitchen requires research, planning, the right tools, creativity, knowledge, and patience. You can choose to hire a designer if you want, but this will cost you more. A DIY approach leaves you in complete control to design the outdoor kitchen of your dreams. Whichever approach you take, there are a few important things to keep in mind.
How To Design Your Perfect Outdoor Kitchen?
You need to develop an appropriate and affordable budget, and then stick to it. Make sure you include all relevant components in the budget such as cabinets, countertops, seating, lighting, and appliances. Keep in mind that higher-quality materials will be more expensive. You also need to account for the additional cost in utilities as the outdoor kitchen will need water, gas, and electricity. Depending on the style you are going for, you may want cable or internet included, and these will be additional costs to include in the budget too.
Don’t forget the climate and environment where your house is located, as these impact materials and seasons. Every area has fluctuations in the climate so you need to choose materials appropriately. For extreme weather, you need to have materials that do not weaken or crack. The length of season will also impact how long your outdoor kitchen will be in use during the year. If you need to use outdoor fans or hearts, these are additional costs. You also have to consider appliance and furniture finishes to be sure they are not at risk for corrosion.
You can choose any layout for your outdoor kitchen including an L-shaped or galley style. The style you pick will most likely fit the outdoor space you have, so examine this to get an idea for outdoor kitchen styles. If you have limited spacing, you can choose a single cabinet with a grill. With more space, you can opt for several cabinets, an island with a sink, and a built-in grill.
When you know the layout, you need to find out what tools you will need to complete your DIY outdoor kitchen. Of course, no matter how handy you are and great with a how-to guide, most people don’t have the full array of tools necessary for each detailed aspect of a DIY home renovation. If you don’t want to buy construction equipment you will need to find a good heavy equipment rental company. They will be able to help you choose the right tools for your project.
There are four zones every kitchen should have; hot (cooking appliances), cold (fridge), wet (sink), and dry (meal prep). Each of these needs to be easily accessible to one another, so plan the design accordingly. You also need to consider utilities when planning zone placement.
Appliances not only support your cooking style and creativity but they add value to the outdoor kitchen. Choose what you need depending on your level of entertainment, versatility, and cooking skills. Don’t forget that appliances include a fridge and ice maker as well as heated ones. Choose high-performing models to make sure you get energy efficiency and the best value for your investment.
Chances are you will be cooking or entertaining at night, so you need to have appropriate lighting for the outdoor kitchen too. All areas need adequate light including meal prep, cooking, and eating zones. Overhead lights are best and if possible include a fan. A grill with LED lights that activate when the lid opens is also a good addition.
In addition to a place for prep and cooking, you also need a place to enjoy your culinary creations. Low seating away from the cooking areas is a popular trend and perfect for entertaining outdoors. A large, low table for guests to sit and a counter with bar stools are perfect for any gathering. With multiple areas, you give your guests the option where to hang out.
Many of the items in your outdoor kitchen will require storage. Being outside, there will be exposure to dust, pollen, insects, humidity, and rain. Non-food items are best stored in plastic containers inside the cabinets. Air-tight storage bins can help protect food from pests and an outdoor refrigerator will keep your food fresh. Make sure you also have a space designated for cleaning products.
Outdoor kitchens are a wonderful addition to any home and designing one should be fun and creative. You can make it as intricate as you want and have complete freedom with the design and style. We recommend working with a design professional to make sure all aspects are covered and you get the best options. Bring your design ideas and budget to us, and we will help you get the outdoor kitchen of your dreams.