Essential Tips & Tricks For Designing An Outdoor Kitchen
With summer halfway here, it is time to turn our attention to the great outdoors – provided you have a backyard, that is! While most of us will be grabbing their sunglasses and sunblock and head to the beach, others will be trying to set up an outdoor kitchen for those delicious summer grills! If you are among the ones trying to design a functional and aesthetic outdoor kitchen, then these following tips and tricks will be very useful to you!
Set up the layout
If we take a look at the indoor kitchen, we can quickly spot it is divided into zones: a place to cook, a place to store the food and a place to eat and socialize. In order to design a functional outdoor kitchen, you need to prepare a layout that has all those areas as well. Also, if possible, try to make sure that your kitchen layout has a storage area as well. You wouldn’t want to go back inside all day long for napkins, cutlery etc., right?
“L” is the best shape for the outdoors
Since the second most important thing about outdoor kitchens is socializing (number one being cooking) you will need to take into consideration the shape of it. This means designing a configuration that allows both for chatting, drinking and cooking at the same time. In this regard, L-shaped designs are the best! At one end you’ll have the cooking stuff: food storage, food prep area and the grill, while at the other end you’ll have your slightly inebriated friends drinking beer or margaritas!
Outdoor stove, oven or grill
No outdoor kitchen would be complete without a little fire to cook those delicious summer grills or to keep you warm during those cool summer nights under the stars! Whether that takes the form of an outdoor stove, oven or grill is up to you and your budget.
TIP: If you want to create an interesting ambience, then a built-in stone hearth can really make for a magical heat source on cool nights as well as double as a pizza oven! Yummy!
The essential nature of running water
Water is not only mandatory for the existence of life, but it is also essential in the kitchen. Therefore, planning for a sink will be a life-saver because it will spare you from going back inside to rinse fruits or vegetables and also help you do the entirety of the cooking and washing outside! Yaay! More time in the great outdoors!
Since the planet is in quite a bad shape due to pollution and global warming, designating a trash area to throw away all the things you no longer need is not just responsible but also healthy – both for you and for the environment! In this regard, a trash can really goes a long way because it’ll keep all the bio-trash covered which means there will be no wildlife visits!
Of course, even though we’re talking about the great outdoors, your kitchen will still need a bit of decoration for a proper ambiance! In order to make it more inviting and warm, you can use lanterns or torches for a really cool atmosphere at night! Also, ensuring your outdoor furniture has some throw pillows and extra blankets – even if they won’t be needed- is essential to keep things comfy and cosy.
TIP: Unless there’s a huge tree above your outdoor kitchen, consider installing a striped umbrella in white and red or white and blue above the table area! Too much sun can be really bad, especially when there’s alcohol involved!
As you can see, designing an outdoor kitchen takes a tiny bit more than just setting out the grill. It requires proper thinking beforehand, in order to make the most out of your summer. From preparing the layout to designing its shape, all the way to throw pillows and lanterns, outdoors kitchen make for some really fun nights under the summer sky and for some even fonder memories!