Outdoor kitchens are a staple in many outdoor living space installations. They offer unbridled convenience, add style and give you more options when hosting get togethers. If you’re in the process of planning your patio, it’s wise to consider adding an outdoor kitchen. Here are some design tips to help get you started.
Consider Your Surroundings
In a lot of ways, outdoor kitchens are an extension of your indoor living space. However, you need to consider their surroundings when planning your patio. Ideally, you’ll place the kitchen in an area that allows traffic to flow smoothly. It’s also a good idea to place it a little further away from your house, especially if including a smoker, for safety and to keep smoke from blowing into your house.
Plan Your Appliances
After you’ve decided on placement for your outdoor kitchen, it’s time to plan what appliances you’ll include. Smokers and grills serve different purposes, but should be considered a central feature of your outdoor kitchen. An integrated fridge can also be a huge convenience if your outdoor kitchen is further away from your house.
Make Use of Utilities
Make sure to discuss the location and connection of necessary gas, water and electrical lines. A sink could be very helpful if you’re cooking more complicated dishes on a grill or in a smoker, for example. As you’re choosing your appliances, discuss which utilities will be needed with your installer or designer.
Think About Shelter
Adding a shelter element like shade trees, pergolas or awnings to your outdoor kitchen can extend your entertaining season and help to protect appliances. Make sure not to put a combustible ceiling over open heat sources.
Integrated features can add extra enjoyment to your outdoor space. It’s better to consider these things during the installation process rather than afterward. Integrated lighting makes after-dark cooking much easier and safer. Having an integrated speaker can make your outdoor kitchen a hot spot for entertaining. Work with your installer to plan features before building begins.
“Integrated kitchen spaces add functionality and style to your patio. We love seeing how creative our installers are when designing these types of spaces. Outdoor kitchens have become increasingly popular and it’s easy to see why,” says Matt Kwarta, Director of Sales and Marketing for Eagle Bay.
A well-designed outdoor kitchen can become a great focal point for your patio and an enjoyable way to spend time outside. Once you’ve got your kitchen installed, make sure to visit our blog for tons of delicious recipes.