Outdoor kitchens are often a fantastic addition for just about any type of home, and if you have plans to upgrade your house, this may be a worthwhile consideration.
An outdoor kitchen can add a certain level of sophistication and style to a home, which is, of course, way better in comparison to a regular type of backyard BBQ. This is the type of addition that will turn your garden into an inviting and enticing area to entertain your friends and guests. After all, most people really enjoy the idea of alfresco living.
You no longer have to worry about having your guests cramped inside your kitchen or lounge while you are preparing a meal; you can enjoy the outdoors, grilling steaks and hamburgers, socialising with your guests and friends.
In addition, an outdoor kitchen will give a significant boost to the overall value of the home, if you ever make the decision to sell it.
It comes as no surprise, that any type of outdoor living space is a trend that continues to increase in popularity, and this is especially true in the UK along with other European countries where average temperatures are above 20°C.
So you may be wondering what the requirements involve to achieve an outdoor kitchen that you can be proud of?
To begin with, the first requirement will involve making sure you have enough space for an outdoor kitchen. However, this also doesn’t mean you need a really big garden in order to make this plan work.
The outdoor kitchen requires enough counter space to prepare food and to cook. There should also be enough space to place equipment and cooking utensils on either side of an appliance, and we are about to go into more detail about that further on.
How To Design an Outdoor Kitchen to Compliment Alfresco Living
1. An Outdoor Kitchen Grill
A good-quality grill is a definite must-have for all outdoor enthusiasts and this forms the heart of all outdoor entertainment activities. Your kitchen outdoors will fail to meet the bar, if this appliance is not included.
You can choose to have the grill built into your counter space. It is also important to choose one of the professional-grade appliances. These options come in charcoal, gas or pellet-fuelled grills. Some of the latest grills feature a self-ignite feature and typically come equipped with their own built-in burners which ensures your food stays warm.
It is also important to have a cooled storage area to store all the fresh items you plan to use for your meals allowing you to relax as well as enjoy more time with friends. A refrigerator in this space also adds the convenience of keeping your meat chilled while you are waiting for the grill to get hot enough.
3. Outdoor Oven
Your hamburgers and streaks can be cooked on the grill, while other items such as pizzas and roasts need to be cooked in an oven. An added convenience would be to choose an oven that comes with a warming drawer to keep the food warm until you serve.
4. Tap and Sink
Your outdoor kitchen is just like a regular kitchen where it is important to have a place to wash your hands, wash your fresh food items and rinse off utensils that you have used while preparing your meals.
Having access to running water will also do away with having to go inside every time you need more water. Many of the standard taps and sinks can be used outdoors, yet it is still a good idea to check with the manufacturer.
5. A Cover
Even though this space is known as the outdoor kitchen, your appliances are still running off electricity and they need adequate protection from the elements. If moisture or water gets into your appliances they would probably rust or even worse, stop working altogether.
6. Electrical Outlets
It is also important to find out whether it is possible to install electrical outlets in the area where you plan to erect your outdoor kitchen. Make sure you find out how many outlets you will need in order to accommodate all your appliances that run off electricity.
You may want to add another luxury item to your outdoor kitchen which includes a wine cooler. These outdoor units match the industrial appeal of outdoor appliances and are the ideal solution to keep your beverages chilled on those warmer summer days. Also, make sure to perform topographical surveys before you build to make sure the area is fine to work with.