Outdoor kitchens are one of the biggest home trends of 2017. If you have a pool, backyard with a view, or just love entertaining outside, an outdoor kitchen may be just the project you are looking for to spice up your home. Don’t know where to begin or even what you want in an outdoor kitchen? Don’t worry, we’re here to help with these expert tips.
The Four Essentials
Every kitchen must have space for the four essentials: prepping, cooking, cleaning, and serving. The best outdoor kitchen allows you to complete every step of dinner outside with your guests. The most basic outdoor kitchens should consist of a grill, cold and dry storage, a sink, and a place for your guests to sit and enjoy their meal.
You want your outdoor kitchen to be as functional, crowd-pleasing, and user-friendly as possible. For maximum functionality, every detail counts when designing your kitchen. Placing spaces your guests may use while you are preparing a meal(such as a beer tap or drink fridge) at the end of the kitchen space means your guests can serve themselves without getting in the way of the chef.
This kitchen provides easy access to kitchen essentials, while also providing seating in the pool and on the patio around the kitchen so the host and guests can easily interact during meal prep.
Selecting the right materials for your outdoor kitchen increases your kitchen’s functionality and longevity. For instance, closed cell woods such as cypress or oak are best for building outdoor cabinets, while granite is probably the best material for countertops because it is less likely to warp or fade. In contrast, stay away from woods such as alder, pine, and maple, as they are more likely to show water damage. Additionally, you want your materials to be treated with water repellant.
This kitchen is designed with materials that are guaranteed to last outdoors for many years to come.
Nature vs. Nurture
While there is nothing wrong with choosing vibrant colors for your outdoor kitchen, most outdoor kitchens have natural, timeless characteristics that blend with nature or the exterior of the home. If you choose to add color to your kitchen, you will likely have to “nurture” the look with a fresh coat of paint every few years.
Keep it Covered
The most functional, durable outdoor kitchens are built under cover--either on a porch, covered patio, or pool pavilion. If you want your kitchen to sit under the stars, consider installing a retractable awning or roof to protect it during cold and rainy weather.
This covered outdoor kitchen is cozy and appealing to guests.
Outdoor kitchens are perfect for those who love to entertain outdoors during warmer months. With the right design, materials, and space, homeowners can enjoy their outdoor kitchens for years to come.