As the weather begins to change and the sun starts shining brighter, we are thinking about outdoor living and entertaining. Outdoor kitchens and living areas complete any home. Once you have decided on the layout of your outdoor kitchen, you can begin shopping for the best outdoor cooking appliances, cabinets, and seating options. The layout of an outdoor kitchen is similar to an indoor layout design. In fact, choosing a space that is relatively close to your indoor kitchen is highly desirable. The seating area should be far enough away from the grill so that everyone can enjoy the outdoors.
The Ideal Layout
These days, L-shaped kitchens are rising in popularity as they work well with walls, fences or dividers that are already in place in your yard and also allows you more counter space adjacent the grill.
Then there are U-shaped kitchens which are larger and include a grill, refrigerator, sink, and bar area. They are usually built beneath a cover to provide lighting and fans.
Lastly, island kitchens bring the grill and all the appliances in one central unit. In fact, this specific layout provides access on all four sides so that you can entertain your guests with ease.
Take Cues From Your Indoor Kitchen
Whichever layout you choose you should think about the basic work zones in your kitchen such as – prep area, cooking, serving, and entertainment area. Having many of the same amenities in your outdoor kitchen as your indoor kitchen allows you to cook, host, and relax while enjoying nature. The outdoor kitchen must have what everyone needs without having to run into the house for ingredients, beverages, cutler,
or paper plates.
Outdoor Kitchen Design Details
Stainless steel is still the most popular option when it comes to outdoor kitchens. In fact, stainless steel is a material that is exceptionally easy to clean and corrosion resistant. The cabinets, however, don’t need to be stainless steel. With the advancement in powder coat painting, you can paint your stainless steel and add character to your design. Go for colors such as white, blue, slate or cabinets that resemble wood. Ensuring that your cabinets avoid chipping, fading, oxidation, and are protected from harsh elements such as chlorine is the optimal goal in any outdoor kitchen design.
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