An outdoor kitchen is the ultimate dream for plenty of people who like backyard entertaining. Imagine gathering your family or friends together for a summertime barbecue or a cozy winter cocktail party in the comfort of your own garden. Here are some terrific tips for designing your killer outdoor kitchen.
1. Design Ideas
Pinterest is a excellent resource to find design inspiration and to compile your plans. There’s a multitude of design options on the market. Take a look at a number of these tips!
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Concrete or rich colored woods are a great way to create a modern 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 attributes also help 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 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 traditional appeal also.
So many grilling options! There are 6 significant types of grills to take into account for your outdoor kitchen. Think about what you enjoy cooking and what you can get the most use from before picking your grill.
This is the simplest setup of all grills. It is made up of 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 like kebabs, thin steaks and chops, and fish.
Add a cover to the open grill and it permits you to add smoking and indirect grilling attributes to your outdoor grill. You can also add different types of wood to your grill, close the lid, and allow the meat slowly absorb the aroma of the wood.
Ceramic grills are made of thick walls that allows heat to radiate off the side of the walls for even cooking. Ceramic grills are often much deeper than typical grills and are generally utilized to cook bread (like flatbreads or India’s naan) directly on the side walls. The grill portion 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 several hours which results in crispy skins on the outside and tender, moist meat on the inside. Rotisserie grills are best suited for thick steaks, fatty meats, or whole animals like chickens, ducks, or even entire hens (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 that it slowly tenderizes while in the smoker. Meats like briskets and ribs are fantastic for this.
A firepit grill enables your whole family to feel as if you are camping out right in your backyard! Firepit grills are just like campfires but using a metal grate positioned above the flame to cook food. The grates for the grills are height adjustable so the food raised or lowered to be closer 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.
Take 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 superb 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 options to consider when it comes to furnishing. Will you like a table and chair configuration, or a bench and stool set-up? Consider what types of parties you may use your kitchen for to help you choose which is best.
Shade: attempt to think about what colour scheme you will like and enjoy throughout the years. You don’t need to select a bold, crazy colour palette that you find yourself tiring of after one season. If you would like a bold, bright touch, use interchangeable pillows, cushions, and throws. You can pick, bright flowers or appliances to add color also. That way, your foundation palette remains neutral when adding add splashes color that are easy to replace.
Fabric: Obviously, you 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 important to protect your appliances and furniture from the weather and potentially harsh elements. If you reside in an extreme climate, think about the sort of protection you need to use for your outdoor kitchen. It is possible to build awnings to shade the patio area or you could construct a structure, like an arbor or pergola. Basically, this has a sturdy roof and side columns. You could even install weather-resistant curtains to the side pillars that you can pull closed to act as walls if you’d like some privacy in your patio.
Finishing Touches: once the heavy appliances and furniture pieces are set up, have a step back and think of what else space requirements.
– Small side-tables
– Decorative trays and bowls
– Vases and high quality fake flowers
5. Money-Saving DIY Options
You do not need to depend on the experience of others for every aspect of your outdoor kitchen requirements. You may handle some of it yourself if you are up to it!
Use recycled timber and old furniture/benches from second-hand stores 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 shops or furniture sales. You may re-upholster your outdoor furniture to suit your own personal aesthetic.