Top 10 Tips To Create An Outdoor Kitchen
When planning out the area you are going to use for your outdoor kitchen, the location is critical. The cooking area should not be too close to the seating area due to the inevitable barbecue smoke created while cooking.The area needs to be of an excellent size to accommodate both cooking and dining. It is also an idea to have it within easy access and near the kitchen to reduce the hassle of bringing out the food and drinks.Here’s some excellent advice on how to get it right.
- The kitchen requires a certain amount of space for cooking, dining, and entertaining, measure out different areas in the garden before deciding on the area you are going to use.
- Also, think about the serving area once the food is ready you are going to need the space for dishing up.
- Consideration as to how you will connect to the water supply should be factored into the planning. It is useful to have an outdoor sink to use, not only when you are cooking but for cleaning the BBQ afterward.
- The kitchen work surface needs to be a material, such as granite or slate, as these are watertight, frost-proof, and easy to clean.
- The more items you can keep in the outdoor kitchen, the better, so make sure you have ample storage under the work counter. This will take the hassle out of going back and forth to the house.
- A right solution for flooring would be dark slate/stone rather than light stone as it shows up the dirt. Decking which can get stained and needs maintenance also isn’t the best solution in the cooking area.
- When choosing the units to go under the work service, stainless steel and powder-coated surfaces are the best options as they are easy to clean and maintain.
- If you have room factor in installing a fridge, this will make the outdoor kitchen feel functional as you can keep the food and drinks at hand.
- If you use an island and bar stools for sitting, you can create a bar-like feel to space, making a very social and relaxed room. Also consider using an L shaped counter where you can cook and prepare on one section then serve on the other.
- Fit a waterproof canopy – it’s handy if it rains, and the entire outdoor kitchen will be a dry, shaded space. A cantilever carport kit makes an ideal awning.