Design Your Dream Outdoor Kitchen
Friday, June 23, 2017
It often starts as an empty spot on the patio, usually somewhere just outside the back door. Then comes the list of what to put in this area. There’s so much to consider that it gets difficult to make a decision. The most popular features to fill that space is the outdoor kitchen. Outdoor kitchens have certainly become one of the hottest items in home building in the last few years. You can get the same options from your indoor kitchen and you can put those things in your outdoor kitchen. For example, you can get cabinets, grills, refrigerators, but there’s one thing that’s totally different — everything has to be waterproofed.
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 prefab, something semi-custom or something that is customized. The first decision is to pick a location and pay attention to the prevailing winds. Wind direction and where the kitchen is located could cause smoke to blow into guests or even into the house through an open window.
There are four zones in an outdoor kitchen – wet, cold, hot and dry. Keep the cold zone next to the wet zone. This makes it easier to move things from the cold zone refrigerator to the wet zone sink to wash them off and get them ready for the grill in the hot zone. Keep the cold zone nearest to the pool. It will keep kids who want a cold drink from running past a hot grill. A key to proper zoning is counter space. Grills should have a minimum of 24 inches of uninterrupted space to one side and 12 inches to the other. This gives the cook nearby room to place platters, cooking utensils and more.
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 firepit 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.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.
Finally, it’s 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.An outdoor kitchen is a long-term investment that will enhance a home. With the right planning behind it, homeowners and their guests can enjoy it for many years.