An outdoor kitchen is the ultimate dream 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 garden. Here are some terrific suggestions for designing your killer outdoor kitchen.
1. Design Ideas
Pinterest is a great resource to find design inspiration and to compile your own plans. Simply go to pinterest.com, register an account, and type in”outdoor kitchen ideas”. There’s a multitude of design options out there. Have a look at a number of these tips!
Moern and Sleek
Concrete or rich colored woods are a terrific way to make 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 cleanup 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 great for producing softness and a conventional appeal also. Consider white-washed cabinets, pale-wood benches, and large rustic dining tables.
There are 6 major kinds of grills to take into account for your outdoor kitchen. Think about what you most enjoy cooking and what you could get the most use out of before picking your grill.
This is the simplest set up of all grills. It is made up of metal or stone box with a heating element (wood, charcoal, gas) and a metal grate over the top of the box directly over the flame. Open grills are best for direct grilling over high heat and are best suited for quick cooking foods such as kebabs, thin steaks and chops, and fish.
Add a cover to the open grill and it allows you to add smoking and indirect grilling features to your outdoor grill. You can also add different 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 which allows heat to radiate off the side of the walls for even cooking. Ceramic grills are usually much deeper than normal grills and are usually utilized to cook bread (such as flatbreads or India’s naan) directly on the side walls. The grill part of ceramic grills are best suited for 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 several hours which 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 entire pigs (if your grill is large enough).
A smoker grill cooks meat on low heat for many hours over aromatic wood chips for flavorful and tender meat. The most common woods used for smokers include walnut, hickory, mesquite, oak, and pecan. Smokers are best suited for tough cuts of beef which it slowly tenderizes while in the smoker. Meats such as briskets and ribs are perfect for this.
A firepit grill enables your whole 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 flexible so that the food raised or lowered to be nearer or further from the fire. This makes firepit grills extremely versatile and can handle delicate foods such as fish, veggies, and S’mores to thick cuts of beef and whole animals.
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 especially for outdoor use.
This is a great option for those who really need to entertain! Store your drinks and drink accessories in a sleek design.
4. Furnishing Ideas
There are a lot of options to consider when it comes to furnishing. Will you like a table and chair configuration, or a bench and stool setup? Consider what kinds of parties you may use your kitchen for to help you decide which is best.
Color: attempt to think about what color scheme you will like and enjoy throughout the years. You don’t want to choose a bold, crazy color palette that you end up tiring of after one season. If you would like a bold, bright touch, use interchangeable pillows, cushions, and throws. You can pick, bright appliances or flowers to add color too. That way, your base palette remains neutral while adding add splashes color that are easy to change out.
Fabric: Obviously, you will need to choose a weather-resistant cloth for your outdoor furnishings, especially if there’s a minimal overhead cover. Treated canvas and Olefin fiber are great options for outdoor furniture.
Shade Sails and Covers: It is 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 sort of protection you need to use to your outdoor kitchen. You can build awnings to shade the patio area or you can build a structure, such as an arbor or pergola. Basically, this has a sturdy roof and side columns. You can also install weather-resistant curtains to the side columns which you can pull closed to act as walls in the event you’d like some privacy in your patio.
Finishing Touches: after the heavy appliances and furniture pieces are set up, have a step back and consider everything else space requirements. Here are some ideas for finishing touches:
– Small side-tables
– Decorative bowls and trays
– Vases and good-quality fake flowers
– Water-resistant throws and blankets for winter months
You don’t 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 shops or yard sales. Upcycle yourself and get to work making your chairs, benches, or shade sails.
Go out and find weather-resistant cloths from fabric stores or furniture sales. You may re-upholster your outdoor furniture to fit your own personal aesthetic.