An outdoor kitchen is a lot more than just a barbecue and a cooler of your favorite soda sitting next to it. While you may want your grill to be the central fixture of your outdoor kitchen, there are several other things you need to consider before starting the design process, like how you want the area to function and where you want your kitchen to go in your backyard.
Before you do anything else, ask yourself how you want to use your outdoor kitchen in the future. Will you use it to cook for your family on warm summer days when it’s too hot to turn on the oven in the house? Or, will it become an area where you wine and dine your guests? Once you decide how to create that picture perfect living space, you will be better prepared to tailor your outdoor kitchen according to your needs.
Most outdoor kitchens are located right by the main house. However, you don’t have to limit yourself to this if you don’t want. If you’re not concerned about having easy access to your home to get things out of the fridge while you’re cooking or to transport cooked food into the house, your kitchen can likely go wherever you want it to in your backyard.
3. Dining Area
If you’re planning on using your kitchen to entertain on a regular basis, chances are you’ll need a little extra space for your guests to sit and socialize. When you start designing your outdoor kitchen, keep this in mind. For instance, instead of just allotting space for a small cooking area, you may want to expand your plans to include a small patio area that is big enough for a table and chairs.
4. Lounge Space
Besides an area for a dining table, you may also want to consider adding an area for your friends and family members to relax in before dinner is on the table. When planning for this area, select seating that is flexible and can easily be moved around by your guests. Other features you might want to include are speakers to play music, shelter, like a pergola or an umbrella just in case inopportune weather hits in the middle of your party, and proper lighting so that your guests can continue to converse long after the sun goes down.
5. Cooking Space
Even if you’re most captivated by the thought of having a place for your guests to socialize and eat when you construct your new outdoor kitchen, it’s essential that you consider what cooking components you actually need and will use outside. For example, although it may be fun to have a rotisserie, warming drawer, and a pizza oven in your kitchen but you think you’ll only ever use a grill, it will likely benefit you to invest in a high quality grill rather than spend your budget on multiple cooking appliances.
Investing in the development of an outdoor kitchen can be fun and also require a little bit of work. If you’re ready to get started but still need more design ideas, this infographic can guide you as you turn your dreams of an outdoor kitchen into a reality.