Nothing embodies the idea of summertime more than being able to entertain family and friends in the great outdoors. And of course, that is almost always going to involve food. Anyone with a little outdoor living space can buy a grill and set up a patio area in which to do this.
But installing an outdoor kitchen, or a spatial extension of the residence itself, is fast becoming the popular choice for homeowners desiring to enjoy more fun and food in the great outdoors.
Is an outdoor kitchen something you are considering? If so, what are some tips to keep in mind when embarking on such a project?
- Remember the basics – Obviously, a grill, whether built-in or not, is a necessity in the open kitchen concept, as well as a sink and food prep area. A UL-rated refrigerator and weather-proofed cabinetry are also very advantageous. And of course you need a dining area in which to serve your delicious meals!
- Select materials carefully – Time, weather, grease and sundry other things will have an impact on your kitchen. Make the most of your outdoor living space by using durable materials such as stainless steel, stone, concrete and other solid-surface substances for patios, counters, cabinets and appliances.
- Consider the location – Even seemingly inconsequential variables can really affect your ultimate enjoyment of the outdoor kitchen area. These factors include wind direction (think smoke here), sun vs. shade at the ideal cooking-entertaining time, access to the patio, pool, garden, etc.
- Extend the use – If you have a lovely outdoor living space, then you will want to be in it as much as possible. Make your space available to you around the clock by adding attractive lighting for use after dark. Make it useful in even rainy weather by adding an eave or awning. And make it multi-seasonal with the addition of a cozy fireplace for cooler weather get-togethers.
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