An outdoor kitchen is the ultimate dream for many people who enjoy backyard entertaining. Imagine gathering your friends or family for a summer barbecue or a cozy winter cocktail in the comfort of your own garden. Here are some great tips for designing your spectacular outdoor kitchen.
1. Design ideas
Pinterest is a great resource for finding design inspiration and compiling your plans. Just go to pinterest.com, register an account, and type in “outdoor kitchen ideas.” There are a multitude of design options. Take a look at some of these tips!
Richly colored concrete or woods are a great way to create a modern design aesthetic. Most classic or traditional kitchens use bleached or light-colored wood to create the look, so go modern! Minimal furniture and features also help create a modern feel. This also helps with maintenance and cleaning. Look at these pictures for inspiration.
White wood, blue accents, and exposed stone are a great way to give your outdoor kitchen a rustic, classic appeal. Flowers and plants that grow along the sides of walls or pergolas are great for creating softness as well as traditional appeal. Think whitewashed cabinets, light wood benches, and large rustic dining room tables.
So many options for grilling! There are 6 main types of grills to consider for your outdoor kitchen. Think about what you like to cook the most and what you can get the most out of before choosing your grill.
This is the simplest configuration of all the grills. It consists of a metal or stone box with a heating element (wood, charcoal, gas) and a metal grill on top of the box directly over the fire. Open grills are best for direct grilling over high heat and are best suited for quick-cook foods such as skewers, thin steaks and chops, and fish.
Add a lid to the open grill and it will allow you to add indirect grilling and smoking features to your outdoor grill. Covered racks are best for thicker steaks, 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 aroma of the wood.
Ceramic grills are made of thick walls that allow heat to radiate down the sides of the walls for even cooking. Ceramic grills are usually much deeper than typical grills and are generally used to cook bread (such as flatbreads or Indian naan) directly on the side walls. The grill portion of ceramic grills is best suited for thinly sliced meat, skewers, fish, or vegetables.
A roasting rack adds a rotisserie to the grill to allow even cooking of thick slabs of meat or whole animals. Food cooks slowly over several hours, resulting in crispy skin on the outside and tender, moist meat on the inside. Grilling racks are best suited for thick steaks, fatty meats, or whole animals like chickens, ducks, or even whole pigs (if your grill is big enough).
A smoker grill cooks the meat over low heat for several hours over aromatic wood shavings for a tender and flavorful meat. The most common woods used by smokers include maple, hickory, mesquite, oak, and walnut. Smokers are best suited for tough cuts of meat that slowly soften while in the smoker. Meats like breasts and ribs are perfect for this.
A firepit grill lets your whole family feel like camping in your backyard! Campfire grills are like campfires but with a metal grate placed over the fire to cook food. The grill racks are adjustable in height so that the food rises or falls to be closer or further away from the fire. This makes campfire grills extremely versatile and can handle delicate foods like fish, vegetables, and S’mores to thick cuts of beef and whole animals.
3. Household appliances
Take a look at these links for some ideas for buying your appliances.
Here’s an affordable and mobile outdoor pizza oven.
This is a complete and versatile grill specially designed for outdoor use.
This is a great option for those who really want to entertain! Store your drinks and beverage accessories in a stylish design.
4. Decorating ideas
There are so many options to consider when it comes to furnishing. Will you choose a table and chair configuration, or a bench and stool configuration? Consider what types of gatherings you will be using your kitchen for to help you decide which one is best.
Colour: Try to think about what color scheme you will like and enjoy throughout the years. You don’t want to go for a bold and crazy color palette that you end up getting tired of after a season. For a bold and bright touch, use interchangeable pillows, cushions, and blankets. You can choose bright appliances or flowers to add color as well. That way, your base palette stays neutral while adding pops of color that are easy to switch up.
Cloth: Obviously, you should choose a weather resistant fabric for your outdoor furniture, especially if there is a minimal top cover. Treated canvas and olefin fiber are good options for outdoor furniture.
Shade sails and covers: It is important to protect your appliances and furniture from the elements and potentially aggressive elements. If you live in an extreme climate, consider the type of protection you want to use for your outdoor kitchen. You can build canopies to shade the patio area, or you can build a structure, such as a gazebo or pergola. It basically has a sturdy roof and side pillars. You can also install weather resistant curtains on the side posts that you can close to act as walls if you want some privacy on your patio.
Finishing keys: With heavy appliances and furniture installed, take a step back and think about what else you need the space for. Here are some ideas for the finishing touches:
– Small side tables
– Decorative trays and bowls
– Vases and artificial flowers of good quality.
– Water resistant blankets and blankets for the winter months
5. DIY options to save money
You don’t need to rely on the expertise of others for every aspect of your outdoor kitchen needs. You can handle something yourself if you measure up!
Use recycled wood and old furniture / benches from thrift stores or yard sales. Recycle it yourself and get to work making your chairs, benches or shade sails.
Get out there and look for weather resistant fabrics at fabric stores or furniture dealers. You can reupholster your outdoor furniture to suit your own personal aesthetic.