An outdoor kitchen is the ultimate fantasy for a lot of folks who like backyard entertaining. Imagine gathering your friends or family together for a summertime barbecue or a cozy winter cocktail party in the comfort of your own garden. Here are some terrific suggestions for designing your killer outdoor kitchen.
1. Design Ideas
Pinterest is a great source to find design inspiration and to compile your own plans. There’s a multitude of design options on the market. Take a look at some of these tips!
Moern and glistening
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 look so go the opposite way for contemporary! Minimal furniture and attributes also help create a contemporary feel. This also helps with maintenance and clean-up too. Check out these images 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. Consider white-washed cabinets, pale-wood benches, and large rustic dining tables.
There are 6 major kinds of grills to consider for your outdoor kitchen. Think about what you enjoy cooking and what you could find the most use out of before picking your grill.
This is the simplest set up of all grills. It is made up of metal or stone box with a heating element (wood, charcoal, gas) and a metal grate over the top of the box directly over the fire. Open grills would be best for direct grilling over high heat and are best suited for quick cooking foods such as kebabs, lean steaks and chops, and fish.
Add a cover to the open grill and it permits you to add smoking and indirect grilling features to your outdoor grill. You can also add various kinds of wood to your grill, close the lid, and let the meat slowly absorb the aroma of the wood.
Ceramic grills are often much deeper than typical grills and are generally utilized to cook bread (such as 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 cows, ducks, or even entire pigs (if your grill is big enough).
A smoker grill cooks meat on low heat for several 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 allows your entire family to feel like you’re camping out right in your backyard! Firepit grills are just like campfires but using a metal grate positioned over the flame to cook food. The grates for the grills are flexible so that the food raised or lowered to be closer or further from the fire. This makes firepit grills extremely 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.
Here is an affordable, moveable outdoor pizza oven.
This is a comprehensive, flexible grill designed especially for outdoor use.
This is a great option for people who really want to entertain! Store your beverages and drink accessories in a sleek design.
4. Furnishing Ideas
There are a lot of choices to consider when it comes to furnishing. Will you like a table and seat 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: try to think about what color scheme you will like and enjoy throughout the years. You don’t need to choose a bold, crazy colour palette that you find yourself tiring of following one season. If you want a bold, bright touch, use interchangeable pillows, cushions, and throws. You can choose, bright flowers or appliances to add color too. This way, your base palette remains neutral while adding add splashes color that are easy to replace.
Fabric: Obviously, you will need to choose a weather-resistant cloth for your outdoor furnishings, especially if there is a minimal overhead cover. Treated canvas and Olefin fiber are good choices 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 live in an extreme climate, consider the sort of protection you need to use to your outdoor kitchen. You can build awnings to shade the patio area or you could build a structure, such as an arbor or pergola. Basically, this has a sturdy roof and side columns. You can also install weather-resistant curtains to the side pillars which 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, take a step back and think of everything 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 expertise 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 secondhand stores or yard sales. Upcycle it 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 can re-upholster your outdoor furniture to fit your own personal aesthetic.