An outdoor kitchen is the ultimate fantasy for plenty of folks who like backyard entertaining. Imagine gathering your family or friends together for a summertime barbecue or a cozy winter cocktail party at the comfort of your own backyard. Here are some great suggestions for designing your killer outdoor kitchen.
1. Design Ideas
Pinterest is a excellent resource to find design inspiration and to compile your plans. There is a large number of design options on the market. Have a look at some of these tips!
Moern and glistening
Concrete or rich colored woods are a great way to create a contemporary design aesthetic. Most classic or traditional kitchens use white-washed or light colored wood to create the appearance so go the opposite way for contemporary! Minimal furniture and attributes also help to create a contemporary feel. This also helps with maintenance and clean-up too. Take a look at these pictures for inspiration.
Vintage or Country
White wood, blue accents, and exposed stone are a great way to give your outdoor kitchen rustic, classic appeal. Flowers and plants growing up the sides of walls or arbors are amazing for producing softness and a traditional appeal also.
So many grilling options! There are 6 major kinds of grills to consider for your outdoor kitchen. Think about what you most like cooking and what you can get the most use out of before picking your grill.
This is the simplest set up of all grills. It consists of a metal or stone box with a heating element (charcoal, wood, gas) and a metal grate over the top of the box right over the flame. Open grills are best for direct grilling over high heat and are best suited for fast cooking foods such as kebabs, lean steaks and chops, and fish.
Add a cover to the open grill and it permits you to add smoking and indirect grilling features to your outdoor grill. You can also add various types of wood to your grill, close the lid, and let the meat slowly absorb the aroma of the wood.
Ceramic grills are made of thick walls which allows heat to radiate off the side of the walls for even cooking. Ceramic grills are usually much deeper than typical grills and are usually used to cook bread (such as flatbreads or India’s naan) directly on the side walls. The grill portion of ceramic grills are best suited for thin sliced meat, kebabs, fish, or veggies.
A rotisserie grill adds 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 which results in crispy skins on the outside and tender, moist meat on the inside. Rotisserie grills are best suited for thick steaks, fatty meats, or whole animals like chickens, ducks, or even entire pigs (if your grill is large enough).
A smoker grill cooks meat on low heat for many hours over aromatic wood chips for tender and flavorful 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 allows your entire family to feel as if you’re camping out right in your backyard! Firepit grills are just like campfires but using a metal grate positioned above the flame to cook food. The grates for the grills are height adjustable so that the food raised or lowered to be nearer or farther from the fire. This makes firepit grills extremely versatile and can handle delicate foods like fish, veggies, and S’mores to thick cuts of beef and whole animals.
Here is an affordable, moveable outdoor pizza oven.
This is a comprehensive, versatile grill designed especially for outdoor use.
This is a superb option for people who really need to entertain! Store your beverages and drink accessories in a sleek design.
4. Furnishing Ideas
There are a lot of choices to consider when it comes to furnishing. Are you going to go for a table and chair configuration, or a bench and stool setup? Consider what types of parties you may use your kitchen for to help you choose which is best.
Shade: attempt to consider what colour scheme you will like and enjoy throughout the years. You don’t need to select a bold, crazy color palette that you end up tiring of after one season. If you would like a bold, bright signature, use interchangeable pillows, cushions, and throws. You can choose, bright flowers or appliances to add color too. This way, your base palette remains neutral when adding add splashes color which are easy to change out.
Fabric: Obviously, you 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 good options for outdoor furniture.
Shade Sails and Covers: It is important to protect your appliances and furniture from the weather and potentially harsh elements. If you live in an extreme climate, consider the sort of protection that you need to use for your outdoor kitchen. It is possible to build awnings to shade the patio area or you can construct a structure, like an arbor or pergola. Fundamentally, this has a sturdy roof and side pillars. You could even install weather-resistant curtains to the side pillars that you can pull closed to act as walls if you’d like some privacy in your own patio.
Finishing Touches: after the heavy appliances and furniture pieces are installed, take a step back and think of everything else space requirements.
– Small side-tables
– Decorative trays and bowls
– Vases and good-quality fake flowers
You don’t need to rely on the expertise of others for every aspect of your outdoor kitchen requirements. You can handle 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 cloths from fabric stores or furniture sales. You can re-upholster your outdoor furniture to fit your own personal aesthetic.