Have you ever wondered if an outdoor kitchen is a right fit for your home? There are many things to consider when building an outdoor kitchen, from the materials you use, to the appliances you choose to include. Before you start construction on your outdoor kitchen, here are 4 things to keep in mind to help you build the kitchen of your dreams.
1. Start Strong
When you begin planning for your outdoor kitchen, it’s important to choose materials that are both attractive and durable. Stone countertops are a must—consider choosing the same style countertops you have in the kitchen inside your home to help bring the indoors out. As far as flooring goes, it’s important to choose something that won’t become slippery when wet, so consider stamped concrete or brick.
2. An Ideal Layout
As with any element in your home, the layout of your outdoor kitchen should accommodate your intended uses. Be sure to allow for ample workspace, an accessible fridge or stovetop, a dining area for your dining table and chairs and enough of a bar area to allow friends and family to gather around as you’re cooking. In addition, make sure your kitchen is well-covered to keep it safe from the elements and protect appliances from inclement weather.
3. Keep It Low Maintenance
While an outdoor kitchen does require some maintenance to keep it looking nice and the appliances in good working condition, the type of maintenance required is very different than the type required by your indoor kitchen. It’s important to have your countertops sealed regularly to give them extra durability and to consider disconnecting your appliances during long periods of time when you won’t be using your outdoor kitchen. Keep your yard free of grass, leaves, and other materials that can clutter up your outdoor kitchen, and consider power washing the area a few times a year to give it a deep cleaning.
4. Make It Practical
With an outdoor kitchen, you won’t have to leave the party to keep going in and out of your house to cook or retrieve food or other items for a meal. Creating a kitchen that is functional for your needs will add to its practicality and make entertaining and outdoor cooking much easier. Consider installing a fireplace or fire pit to create a seating area near the kitchen to help draw guests closer to where you’ll be working—after all, the whole point of an outdoor kitchen is to be part of the party, isn’t it?
Are you ready for an outdoor kitchen? Now that you’ve determined what you need to meet your outdoor kitchen requirements, it’s time to decorate! Compliment your outdoor kitchen with the beautiful and durable outdoor furniture.