Published by Naomie Whitely, Aug 17, 2017
What’s more exhilarating than spending a weekend afternoon cooking and eating in your beautiful backyard? Having an outdoor kitchen means that you’ve expanded your living space and allows you to gather with friends and family, throw a party, and have a good BBQ and grilling session outdoor! You even don’t need to book a reservation!
The well-designed outdoor kitchen will allow you to cook outside not only during summer but throughout the year! It will surely add value and fun to your home. A good outdoor kitchen should have a cooking area and a dining area. It doesn’t have to be big or spacious; it can be as simple as a grill, table, and chairs. But you can make it more elaborate if you like, or if space allows you. A fully outfitted custom outdoor kitchen with counters, sinks, built-in appliances, fireplace, and seating will be great.
You can hire a pro contractor or you can set it up by yourself, but here are some tips to make a fabulous custom outdoor kitchen on your porch or backyard. Keep scrolling!
1) Think about the flooring first
Prepare your floor layout for your outdoor kitchen, as well as the needed materials. When choosing the materials, be conscious about the different weather your kitchen will experience, as well as the weight of the appliance you want to install. Tiles and marbles maybe not the best choice, as they tend to be slippery when wet and stain prone. Choose a more durable wooden deck or pavement flooring instead.
2) Think about the best location
There are at least four things to keep in mind when deciding a location for an outdoor kitchen. Firstly, pick the right place so the smoke from your cooking activities doesn’t waft back into the home. Secondly, your outdoor kitchen should be easy to access from the home. When you’re throwing a dinner party, people are carrying heavy platters from one place to another frequently. Thirdly, think about the angle of your custom outdoor kitchen so it won’t obstruct the current outdoor view from the home. Lastly, consider the general traffic flow of your yard and the safety of your family. Just like an indoor kitchen, the outdoor kitchen is full of hazards so place it accordingly.
3) Your outdoor kitchen size depends on the chosen appliances
A professional custom outdoor kitchen designer will ask about the size appliances will you need and how many. It will determine the size of your kitchen. You can utilize several cooking and refrigeration appliances, and maybe some entertaining appliances as well. Remember to leave enough space to accommodate platters and tools, and to process the foods.
Don’t forget to have a place to set and store. Just like the indoor kitchen, your custom outdoor kitchen will need places to put items on and plenty of storage. One thing to keep in mind, they must all be waterproof and durable to temperature changes. Try to install custom kitchen cabinets and counters to accommodate the need.
4) Don’t forget about the lighting
An outdoor kitchen needs decent lighting, for dinner and other night time activities. Some homeowners build fireplaces and fire pits and add some outdoor lightings which are durable and waterproof.