An outdoor kitchen is the ultimate dream for many people who enjoy gardening. Imagine gathering your friends or family for a summer barbecue or a cozy winter cocktail party in your own back yard. Here are some great tips for designing your killer outdoor kitchen.
1. Design ideas
Pinterest is a great resource for finding design inspiration and putting together your plans. Just go to pinterest.com, register an account and enter "Ideas for Outdoor Kitchens". There are a variety of design options. Take a look at some of these tips!
- Moern and Sleek
Concrete or colorful woods are a great way to create a modern design aesthetic. Most classic or traditional kitchens use whitewashed or light wood to create the look. So go the opposite way for modern kitchens! Minimal furniture and features also add to a modern feel. This also helps with maintenance and cleaning. Look at these pictures as inspiration.
- Classic or country
White wood, blue accents and exposed stone give your outdoor kitchen a rustic, classic touch. Flowers and plants that grow on the sides of walls or arbors provide softness and a traditional look. Think of whitewashed cabinets, light-wood colored benches and large rustic dining tables.
So many barbecue possibilities! There are 6 main types of barbecues that need to be considered for your outdoor kitchen. Think about what you like to cook and what you can use most before deciding on a barbecue.
- Open grills
This is the simplest setting of all barbecues. It consists of a metal or stone box with a heating element (wood, charcoal, gas) and a metal grid over the top of the box directly above the fire. Open barbecues are best suited for direct grilling at high heat and for quick cooking of food such as kebabs, thin steaks, chops and fish.
- Covered grills
If you add a cover to the open grill, you can add outdoor smoking and indirect grill functions to your outdoor grill. Covered grills 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
Ceramic grills consist of thick walls that allow the heat to be radiated sideways from the walls to allow for even cooking. Ceramic grills are usually much deeper than typical grills and are generally used to cook bread (like flatbread or Indian naan) directly on the side walls. The grill portion of ceramic grills is best for thinly sliced meat, kebabs, fish or vegetables.
- Rotisserie Grills
A rotisserie adds a rotisserie to the grill so that you can also cook thick meat platters or whole animals. The food is cooked slowly over several hours, so that outside a crispy shell and inside a tender, moist meat. Rotisserie grills are best for thick steaks, greasy meats or whole animals like chickens, ducks or even whole pigs (if your grill is big enough).
- smoking grills
A smoker cooks meat on fragrant heat for several hours on aromatic wood shavings to obtain spicy and tender flesh. The most commonly used woods for smokers are maple, hickory, mesquite, oak and pecan nut. Smokers are best for hard pieces of meat that slowly become tender when smoking. Meat like briskets and ribs are perfect for that.
- Fire pit grills
With a fire pit grill you can feel with your whole family camping in the middle of your garden! Firepit grills are like campfires, but have a metal grille over the fire to prepare the food. The grills for the grills are height-adjustable so that the food is raised or lowered to be closer or farther from the fire. This makes Firepit grills extremely versatile and is suitable for sensitive foods such as fish, vegetables and customs as well as for thick pieces of meat and whole animals.
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- pizza ovens
Here is an affordable, mobile pizza oven for outdoors.
- Space for grilling
This is a comprehensive, versatile grill designed specifically for outdoor use.
- beverage center
This is a great option for those who really want to entertain! Store your drinks and beverage accessories in a sleek design.
4. Furnishing ideas
There are so many possibilities when it comes to furnishing. Do you decide on a table and chair configuration or a bench and a stool? Think about what kind of gatherings you use your kitchen to decide which one is the best.
- Colour: Think about the color scheme you like over the years and enjoy it. You do not want to choose a bold, crazy color palette that will make you tired after a season. If you want a bold, bright touch, use interchangeable pillows, pillows, and throws. You can choose bright appliances or flowers to add color as well. This leaves your base palette neutral while simply adding interchangeable splashes of color.
- Material: Obviously, you need to choose a weather-resistant fabric for your outdoor furniture, especially if there is minimal overhead coverage. Treated canvas and olefin fiber are good options for outdoor furniture.
- Awnings and covers: It's important to protect your appliances and furniture from weather and potentially harsh elements. If you live in an extreme climate, consider what protection you want to use for your outdoor kitchen. You can build awnings to shade the patio area, or you can build a structure like a gazebo or pergola. Basically, this has a stable roof and side pillars. You can also attach weatherproof curtains to the side columns, which you can tighten to act as walls if you want some privacy in your patio.
- Fine-tuning: Once the heavy equipment and furniture is installed, take a step back and consider what else is needed. Here are some ideas for the finishing touch:
– Small side tables
– Decorative trays and bowls
– Vases and high quality artificial flowers
– Waterproof covers and blankets for the winter months
5. Money saving DIY options
You do not have to rely on the expertise of others in all aspects of your outdoor kitchen. You can do some things yourself when you're ready!
- Use recycled wood and old furniture / benches from second-hand or retail stores. Drive it yourself and get down to business and build your chairs, benches or sun sails.
- Go out and look for weatherproof fabrics in fabric stores or in the furniture trade. You can buy your garden furniture according to your personal ideas.