Have you ever thought about making your own outdoor kitchen? If you live in the area with mild climate and sunny weather, and you really like spending your time outdoor, having the outdoor kitchen may sound like a cool (and fun) treat. Most homeowners think that the outdoor kitchen is super expensive, but you can actually make your own planning to save up money. As long as you know some of the key importance to create your own kitchen, you can start up the project without having to spend a fortune.
Some of the Basic Tips
Here are some of the things that you can do when you want to create your own outdoor kitchen:
- Understand good (and also functional) design principles for the kitchen. If you want to create a completely functional kitchen, you need to know where to place the wet areas (such as the sink), cold areas (refrigerator), dry areas (storage and preparation counters), and also hot areas (cooktops and grills). Each area should have enough space and they should have a flowing manner to work efficiently. If you are clueless about such a thing, you need to hire a pro who understands this.
- Keep in mind that the indoor kitchen is different from the outdoor type. Whereas you don’t need to think about element exposure or protection in the indoor kitchen, it would be different from the outdoor setting. Running utilities such as electricity, gas, and water would also require extra preparation. You need to figure it out so your kitchen won’t only look stylish but also functional.
- Keep in mind about the kitchens relationship – how you are going to use the outdoor and the indoor kitchen together. Have you thought about traffic pattern? How are you going to use both rooms when entertaining friends or guests? Such a planning should be thought of carefully before making any decision.
- Think about the types of equipment and also materials used for your outdoor kitchen. The most ideal ones are the low maintenance ones, able to withstand the use and exposure of the outdoor setting. You want a kitchen that is fully functional and yet easy to maintain and clean. Stainless steel is ideal because it is resistant to corrosion and it is easy to clean. Don’t forget that patio and counters should be anti-grease and also able to hold against the high temperature. You want to avoid using tiles if you live in the area prone to thawing and freezing. The same thing you want to avoid limestone, which is super porous, for the outdoor construction.
It is important to think of your outdoor space as one unity of the entertaining space – it should run as a functional single arrangement. Instead of isolating the cooking area from the pool or the dining area, you should view them as one unity and plan the traffic flow. Only by doing so, you can achieve a functional efficiency without compromising the aesthetic aspect. Those are some basic arrangements in managing the outdoor kitchen – are you interested in having one?