Kitchens are the heart of any home, but when warm weather hits they can become the last place anyone wants to be. One way to combat that is with an outdoor kitchen. An outdoor kitchen is a great way to enjoy nice weather and long summer evenings cooking and entertaining friends and family. While it might seem excessive to recreate something you already have inside the house, there are ways to achieve the outdoor kitchen you want without breaking the bank.
If you already have granite or other types of stone in your indoor kitchen, you know how expensive they can be. Many of us can’t afford to replicate that look in an outdoor kitchen, but luckily there are other options out there that look just as good. Faux panels are made of plastic or other synthetic material but designed to look and feel like brick, stone, or wood. They are easy to install and, if done correctly, your guests will never know the difference. Plus, they are easier to clean and more durable for outdoor use.
An outdoor kitchen is likely never going to be your primary place for cooking, so why reinvent the wheel when it comes to furnishing it? There are many modular units on the market that include appliances, countertops, and storage all in one unit. This approach is typically less expensive than a custom kitchen, and it’s more portable if you want to take your outdoor kitchen with you to your next home if you move. If you live in an area that gets a lot of winter weather, you may want to move the unit indoors for winter to protect it from the elements and extend its shelf life.
Creating an outdoor kitchen involves more than just clearing a space in your backyard. You’ll need to consider what else you and/or your family are doing in that outdoor space. For example, you don’t want to have a hot grill or oven next to an area where kids play. Much like an indoor kitchen, you don’t want to have heating and cooling elements right next to each other.
If you need help visualizing how an outdoor kitchen can work for you, contact us to schedule a consultation. Our designers will consider your budget and your design tastes to create an outdoor kitchen solution that meets both in as little as three weeks.