Outdoor Kitchen Design Tips  

Outdoor_Kitchen_S264184685One of the hottest trends continues to be adding outdoor kitchens to backyards. You can extend your living space and entertain family and friends in your own backyard retreat.

Here are some tips for creating the ultimate outdoor kitchen.

Design and appliances

Even though you are outside, you’ll want to design a space that functions as a kitchen. You will need space for prepping food, cooking and serving. In addition to a grill, do you want to include appliances such as a refrigerator, sink, kegerator or ice maker? Leave enough space for each item, and don’t keep your refrigerator or ice maker next to hot items or cooking surfaces.

Keep in mind that your outdoor kitchen should work in conjunction with your indoor kitchen. Is it easy to carry items from one space to the other? What cooking options (like a smoker) would compliment your already existing appliances? Where can you store utensils and dishes for easy access?

Choose materials carefully

Even if you’re under cover, you’ll want to keep in mind that your outdoor kitchen will still be exposed to the elements. Select materials and equipment that are durable and easy to clean. Choose surfaces that can endure both hot and cold temperatures.

Keep utilities in mind

If you’re going to need to run lines for gas, water or electricity, you’ll need to figure out the best way to get those utilities from your house to your outdoor kitchen. It might be best to consult an electrician or a plumber. Don’t forget to include sufficient lighting over your cooking space for evening barbeques or late night get togethers.

Plan shade or shelter

Your design should also keep your family and friends comfortable. You’ll want shade from the sun and protection from the rain. Trees, awnings, pergolas and outdoor ceiling fans are great options. Think about adding a fire pit, fireplace or patio heater for cooler weather and roasting marshmallows.

Consider outdoor entertainment

For the ultimate in outdoor dining and entertaining, music, speakers and outdoor televisions should be added into your backyard kitchen space. Host a backyard grill and movie night this summer!

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