When designing an outdoor kitchen, we follow the same design principles as we would for an indoor kitchen. However, with placing a kitchen outdoors there are logistical decisions to consider. Without walls and ceilings you will need the expertise of a landscape designer to be sure you are taking all elements into consideration.
Key points to consider when designing a kitchen outdoors:
One of the first questions our designers will ask is what the kitchen is for. We need to be sure we understand exactly what you and your family plan to use the kitchen for.
Accessibility is something important to consider. The kitchen should be located near the house for accessibility. You also need to consider water supply. Wind direction, views, and natural shade areas affect how comfortable you will be while sitting at your outdoor kitchen.
The more thorough you are in the beginning, the better direction you can give the designer and the least likely you will be surprised down the road. How big the kitchen needs to be and how often you plan to use it are questions that come next. The size and function of your kitchen needs to be practical. What time of day you will be using the kitchen determines where and how much lighting you will need.
Similar to an indoor kitchen, an outdoor kitchen should have food and drink storage, a food prep area, serving area, and clean up area. So you’ll need some countertop areas for working space.
What’s the first appliance you think of when you hear “outdoor kitchen?” A grill. The design of an outdoor kitchen is pretty much built around a grill. There are a lot of choices; gas, electric, wood-fired, etc. The size and type of your grill are what determines the layout of the rest of the kitchen. There are other appliances to consider as well. Brick ovens, refrigerators, beverage coolers and sinks play a large part in not only the functionality of your kitchen but the look and style.
If you’re considering an outdoor kitchen to spruce up your outdoor living area, contact us! We can take your vision and put it to life, while also considering those logistical factors you may have overlooked. We’ll make sure we design and build the perfect outdoor kitchen to fit your lifestyle.