Before, when talking about outdoor entertainment, a relaxing image of a picnic lunch at the local park with friends and family came to mind. Grab a couple of paper plates, plastic utensils, thermos, food, stuff them in your picnic basket and you’re re ready for an amazing picnic. Another common option that people enjoy is an outdoor dinner or luncheon with friends and family; just toss food into the barbecue pit, flip some burgers alongside hotdogs and everyone will be happy.
Cooking on a grill is a form of outdoor entertainment, but no matter how entertaining it could get you can’t fully take away the hassle of going from the kitchen all the way to the patio; taking these factors into account, it’s understandable how outdoor kitchens became quite the popular option. Any food that can be prepared in your indoor kitchen can easily be prepared in outdoor kitchens; if you’re in the market with the purpose of installing your very outdoor kitchen, it’s better to take into account the factors below.
Outdoor Kitchen Design Factors
Designs for outdoor kitchens involve a lot of styles and components and these factors help decide which outdoor kitchen variations fits the needs and preferences of the owner. Out of all the factors that needs to be considered, the size of the available space places high among the priority list. Will the outdoor kitchen feature a meager grill island or do you dream of an outdoor kitchens that’s just as big as the indoor one? Will it become a place where everyone, friends and family, will spend a lot of their time in?
Adequate seating, lighting and dining areas are needed in order for the outdoor kitchen to actually work and become cozy. During the colder weather and you want to be able to enjoy the perks of an outdoor kitchen, consider installing an outdoor fireplace; it’ll keep everyone toasty and warm.
Prefab or Custom Grilling Islands
As for the grill to be installed, choose whether you’d go for a freestanding grill or one that’s built on an outdoor grilling island. A sophisticated or upscale look could be created with custom grilling islands. Both outdoor grilling islands and indoor kitchen islands come with cabinets and masonry; most experts agree that quality customer masonry grilling islands add considerable value to the home. Prefab grilling islands also work great with outdoor kitchens; not only do they come at a wide array of exterior finishes and configurations but they’re the budget friendly option.
Materials Used in the Outdoor Kitchen
During the planning, building and installation of the outdoor kitchen, opt for durable and sturdy materials; preferably materials that could stand up to changes in weather and climate. Polymer would be the ideal material for outdoor kitchens, at least according to building experts. It easily withstands majority of the outside elements and it does not absorb moisture unlike stucco, wood or concrete.