An outdoor kitchen is the ultimate dream for a lot of people who enjoy backyard entertaining. Imagine gathering your friends or family together for a summer barbecue or a cozy winter cocktail party at the comfort of your own garden. Here are some great suggestions for designing your killer outside kitchen.
1. Design Ideas
Pinterest is a great resource to find design inspiration and to compile your plans. Simply go to pinterest.com, register an account, and type in”outdoor kitchen ideas”. There is a large number of design options on the market. Have a look at a number of these tips!
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Concrete or rich colored woods are a terrific 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 modern! Minimal furniture and attributes also help to create a modern feel. This also helps with maintenance and clean-up too. Check out these pictures for inspiration.
Classic or Country
White wood, blue accents, and exposed rock are a excellent 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 traditional appeal also. Think of white-washed cabinets, pale-wood benches, and large rustic dining tables.
2. Grills There are 6 significant types of grills to take into account for your outdoor kitchen. Think about what you most enjoy cooking and what you can get the most use from before choosing 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 directly over the fire. 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 allows you to add smoking and indirect grilling features to your outdoor grill. Covered grills are best for thicker steaks, rack-of-ribs, or whole chickens and ducks. You can also add different types of wood to your grill, close the lid, and let the meat slowly absorb the odor of the wood.
Ceramic grills are made from 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 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 to thin sliced meat, kebabs, fish, or veggies.
A rotisserie grill provides a rotating spit to 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 to thick steaks, fatty meats, or whole animals like cows, ducks, or even whole pigs (if your grill is big 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 maple, hickory, mesquite, oak, and pecan. Smokers are best suited for tough cuts of beef that it slowly tenderizes while in the smoker. Meats such as briskets and ribs are fantastic 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 height adjustable so the food raised or lowered to be nearer or farther from the fire. This makes firepit grills exceptionally 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.
This is an affordable, moveable outdoor pizza oven.
This is a comprehensive, flexible grill designed specifically for outdoor use.
This is a great option for those who really need to entertain! Store your drinks and beverage accessories in a sleek design.
4. Furnishing Ideas
There are so many choices to consider when it comes to furnishing. Will you like a table and seat configuration, or a bench and stool setup? Consider what types of parties you may use your kitchen to help you choose which is best.
Shade: try to think about what colour scheme you will like and enjoy throughout the years. You don’t want to select a bold, crazy color palette that you end up tiring of following one season. If you would like a bold, bright signature, use interchangeable pillows, cushions, and throws. You can choose, smart flowers or appliances to add color too. That way, your base palette stays neutral when adding add splashes color that are easy to change out.
Fabric: Obviously, you will need to pick a weather-resistant fabric for your outdoor furnishings, particularly if there is a minimal overhead cover. Treated canvas and Olefin fiber are all good options for outdoor furniture.
Shade Sails and Covers: it’s very important to protect your appliances and furniture from the weather and potentially harsh elements. If you reside in an extreme climate, consider the kind 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, such as an arbor or pergola. Fundamentally, this has a sturdy roof and side pillars. You can also install weather-resistant curtains to the side pillars which you can pull shut to act as walls in the event you’d like some privacy on your patio.
Finishing Touches: When the heavy appliances and furniture pieces are set up, take a step back and think of what else space needs. Here are some ideas for finishing touches:
– Little side-tables
– Decorative trays and bowls
– Vases and good-quality fake flowers
– Water-resistant throws and blankets for winter months
5. Money-Saving DIY Options
You don’t need to depend on the expertise of others for every aspect of your outdoor kitchen needs. You may take care of some of it yourself if you are 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 seats, benches, or shade sails.
Go out and find weather-resistant fabrics from fabric stores or furniture sales. You may re-upholster your outdoor furniture to suit your own personal aesthetic.