An outdoor kitchen is the ultimate fantasy for plenty of folks who enjoy backyard entertaining. Imagine gathering your friends or family together for a summertime barbecue or a cozy winter cocktail party in the comfort of your own garden. Here are some terrific suggestions for designing your killer outdoor kitchen.
1. Design Ideas
Pinterest is a great source to find design inspiration and to compile your plans. Simply go to pinterest.com, register an account, and type in”outdoor kitchen ideas”. There is a multitude of design options on the market. Have a look at a number of these tips!
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Concrete or rich colored woods are a terrific way to create a contemporary design aesthetic. Most classic or traditional kitchens use white-washed or light colored wood to create the look so go the opposite way for modern! Minimal furniture and features also help to create a contemporary feel. This also helps with maintenance and clean-up too. Check out these images for inspiration.
Classic or Country
White wood, blue accents, and exposed rock are a great way to give your outdoor kitchen rustic, classic appeal. Flowers and plants growing up the sides of walls or arbors are great for creating softness and a conventional appeal as well. Consider white-washed cabinets, pale-wood benches, and large rustic dining tables.
So many grilling options! There are 6 significant kinds of grills to consider for your outdoor kitchen. Think about what you most enjoy cooking and what you could get the most use out of before choosing your grill.
This is the simplest set up of grills. It consists of a metal or stone box with a heating element (wood, charcoal, gas) and a metal grate over the top of the box right over the flame. Open grills would be best for direct grilling over high heat and are best suited for fast cooking foods like kebabs, thin steaks and chops, and fish.
Add a cover into the open grill and it lets you add smoking and indirect grilling attributes to your outdoor grill. Covered grills are best for thicker steaks, rack-of-ribs, or whole chickens and ducks. You can also add various kinds of wood to your grill, close the lid, and allow the meat slowly absorb the odor of the wood.
Ceramic grills are made of thick walls that allows heat to radiate off the side of the walls for even cooking. Ceramic grills are usually much deeper than typical grills and are generally utilized to cook bread (such as flatbreads or India’s naan) directly on the side walls. The grill portion of ceramic grills are best suited to thin sliced meat, kebabs, fish, or veggies.
A rotisserie grill provides a rotating spit into the grill to allow for even cooking of thick slabs of meat or whole animals. Food is cooked slowly over a few hours that results in crispy skins on the outside and tender, moist meat on the inside. Rotisserie grills are best suited to thick steaks, fatty meats, or whole animals like cows, ducks, or even whole pigs (if your grill is big enough).
A smoker grill cooks meat on low heat for several hours over aromatic wood chips for flavorful and tender meat. The most common woods used for smokers include maple, hickory, mesquite, oak, and pecan. Smokers are best suited for tough cuts of beef which it slowly tenderizes while at the smoker. Meats such as briskets and ribs are perfect for this.
A firepit grill enables your entire family to feel like you’re camping out right in your backyard! Firepit grills are like campfires but with a metal grate positioned over the fire to cook food. The grates for the grills are height adjustable so the food raised or lowered to be closer or farther from the fire. This makes firepit grills exceptionally versatile and can handle delicate foods like fish, veggies, and S’mores to thick cuts of beef and whole animals. Appliances
Have a browse through these links for some ideas for your appliance purchases.
Here is an affordable, moveable outdoor pizza oven.
This is a comprehensive, flexible grill designed specifically for outdoor use.
This is a great option for people who really want to entertain! Store your drinks and drink accessories in a sleek design. Furnishing Ideas
There are a lot of options to consider when it comes to furnishing. Will you go for a table and seat configuration, or a bench and stool set-up? Consider what kinds of parties you may use your kitchen to help you decide which is best.
Shade: try to consider what color scheme you want and enjoy throughout the years. You don’t need to choose a bold, crazy color palette that you find yourself tiring of after one season. If you would like a bold, bright touch, use interchangeable pillows, cushions, and throws. You can choose, smart appliances or flowers to add color also. That way, your base palette remains neutral while adding add splashes color which are easy to change out.
Fabric: Obviously, you will need to pick a weather-resistant cloth for your outdoor furnishings, especially if there’s a minimal overhead cover. Treated canvas and Olefin fiber are all great options for outdoor furniture.
Shade Sails and Covers: it’s very important to protect your furniture and appliances from the weather and potentially harsh elements. If you live in an extreme climate, think about the kind of protection that you want to use to your outdoor kitchen. You can build awnings to shade the patio area or you can construct a structure, such as an arbor or pergola. Basically, this has a sturdy roof and side pillars. You can even install weather-resistant curtains to the side columns which you can pull shut to act as walls if you’d like some privacy on your patio.
Finishing Touches: once the heavy appliances and furniture pieces are installed, take a step back and think of everything else space needs.
– Little side-tables
– Decorative trays and bowls
5. Money-Saving DIY Options
You do not need to rely on the experience of others for every aspect of your outdoor kitchen requirements. You can take care of some of it yourself if you’re up to it!
Use recycled wood and old furniture/benches from second-hand stores or yard sales. Upcycle yourself and get to work making your seats, benches, or shade sails.
Go out and find weather-resistant fabrics from fabric stores or furniture sales. You may re-upholster your outdoor furniture to suit your own personal aesthetic.