Outdoor kitchens are gaining in popularity and can sure be a great addition to your back yard’s landscape, The most basic item for your outdoor kitchen is a barbecue grill — don’t forget that what makes it a kitchen is that you have a place to cook. You have a few options when it comes to an outdoor grill, you can get something that is prefabricated, something semi-custom or something that is customized.
A fireplace is a good option. A fireplace outside can easily be transformed into a place outside where you can cook. The idea of being able to congregate around this outdoor fireplace and cook really adds to this outdoor room feeling. More casual than a fireplace, a fire-pit can also be used to cook — with a rotisserie, skewers or a grill over the open flame. Another way of cooking outside is to include an outdoor oven in your kitchen. The outdoor oven that you “may” want to consider is more of a traditional oven—a brick or stone pizza oven, for example.
Like an indoor kitchen, your outdoor version might include countertops and storage cabinets. For the countertop in your outdoor kitchen two options are brick or stone. The counter space can also be used to eat on. Usually when you are planning for an eat-on counter, you want to make sure that it’s at least 15″ deep and approximately 24″ wide per person. Storage cabinets need to be waterproofed on an outdoor kitchen, and there are many woods that are resistant to rot — such as redwood. Stainless steel that matches a grill, for instance, is another good option for cabinets. No kitchen would be complete without a sink. Outdoor sinks are either fed with a hose or connected to the home’s water supply. Good choices for your outdoor sink would be either stainless steel or ceramic.
You might want to consider keeping your kitchen sheltered from the elements. You can definitely have a shelter over your kitchen area, but experts wouldn’t recommend having a ceiling or shelter over the grill area because of all the smoke. It’s also important to consider the proper flooring. You must try to avoid using flooring that is slick, which eliminates tile or marble right off the bat. If you are considering an outdoor kitchen, we can help you design all of the aspects that will tie it together and make it one unit.