- What benefits of an outdoor kitchen do you want to focus on? How will you design towards that benefit?
- easier entertaining
- adds value to the home
- more enjoyment of backyard
- You need to consider some basic elements before diving into details, such as:
- Kitchen space and size
- What type of appliances you want
- If you want to include an outdoor sink
- and, what sort of utilities you’ll want (electricity, gas, water)
- When deciding upon your grill, think about your preferences:
- Do you want it movable or stationary?
- Do you want something weatherized? Or will it be protected from the elements?
- What fuel option do you prefer (gas, charcoal or wood)?
- Extra features (i.e. rotisserie, number of burners)?
- Plan the design to address different functions and make those zones work together in your outdoor kitchen. Zone functions:
- Hot zone – all cooking areas of grill, oven or any other cooktop.
- Cold zone – the area around refrigerator and freezer.
- Wet zone – sink and adjacent workspace.
- Dry zone – dry prep counters and storage.
- And, finally, what sort of dining area do you want outside?
- counter dining
- tables and chairs
- and how many you wish to seat.
Check your backyard against this list. Ready to build your outdoor kitchen?
There are many benefits to designing and installing an outdoor kitchen, including adding value to the home and easier entertaining. For a successful outdoor kitchen design, there are a few basic decisions that need to be made. An outdoor kitchen is more than just the appliances used. A good outdoor kitchen design also plans for the functional zones of hot, cold, wet and dry to work well together, as well as dining seating type and numbers. All are essential elements of a successful outdoor kitchen.