The Ultimate Cookout: Outdoor Kitchens
Posted By Adrianne Anderson @ Jan 16th 2024 8:07am In: Just For Fun

Have you ever found yourself busy in the kitchen preparing the meal while your guests are outdoors enjoying themselves in the fresh air? The solution to never missing such an occasion  may be an outdoor kitchen. This can be as simple as a grill with a storage cabinet for supplies or as sophisticated as a full kitchen complete with grill, refrigerator, sink and eating area.

In the planning stage of the outdoor kitchen, you will need to consider how your outdoor appliances will connect to electricity, gas and plumbing. Check your local codes for regulations regarding gas and electric lines. Position the grill at least 10 feet away from any combustible materials and have a fire extinguisher handy just in case.

Thinking about the style of your home, you will want your outdoor kitchen to either match or complement it. For example, if you have a traditional brick-style home, your outdoor kitchen should include a brick base to hold your grill and other appliances. A sleek, stainless steel and granite base will coordinate well with a contemporary home. Some "nice to have" extras might be a pizza oven, a beer kegerator, a smoker or a deep fryer to really get the party going. Here are some basic items you will need to get started:

  • Appliances — When purchasing appliances, look for ones that can perform several cooking functions. For example, a grill that can also smoke, roast and bake will save you money and space. Having an outdoor refrigerator to cool beverages is a bonus, especially during hot weather.

  • Lighting — You will need either a clip-on or standing grill light to make sure work areas are well lit. The glow from a string of lights in the seating area helps create a warm and cozy atmosphere. If there is a roof over the kitchen, add a ceiling fan with a light to provide a steady breeze as well as light on warm nights.

  • Seating — Locate your seating area away from the heat and activity of the grill. Look for durable outdoor patio furniture that can stand up to the elements. If you have the space, add a counter with bar stools for casual eating and drinking.

  • Storage — What items will you need to keep close at hand in your kitchen? Remember to lock up outdoor kitchen cabinets when not in use to discourage any curious critters from breaking in. For that reason, it is best to keep nonfood supplies like glassware, dishes and grilling tools in the cabinets.

An outdoor kitchen is a delightful way to extend your living space while entertaining and enjoying the company of family and friends in the great outdoors. Contact us to find your perfect outdoor living space, and save us a hot dog.

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