Outdoor Kitchen Basics and Design for Year-round Use
Outdoor kitchens give homeowners a great way to create the ultimate entertainment space for friends and family. A beautifully designed and crafted outdoor space provides additional, luxurious square footage outside the home. Friends and family will flock to your gatherings to enjoy the comfort of your outdoor space. The best part of creating your own outdoor kitchen is the ability to customize it to meet your wants and needs.
Granite Huggers can now help you create the outdoor kitchen of your dreams. Your boring back yard can easily become the oasis you’ve dreamed about. Our expert staff is happy to help you create the ideal space that you can use for family gatherings and parties. And of course, we would suggest you use granite for your counter tops!
Designing Your Outdoor Kitchen
Your outdoor space works as an extension of your indoor space. There are many design options to choose from that allow you to maximize the space you have available. The best outdoor kitchens are designed for year round use. People shouldn’t have to stop entertaining simply because the seasons change.
The kitchen is the heart of any home. Friends and family gather to enjoy great food and great company. You can now expand this feeling outside to enjoy the outdoors as well. A well designed kitchen will include appliances you use the most in an efficient layout that is easily accessible. Many popular kitchen layouts include:
- Kitchen Islands
- Straight Line
There are many things to consider when selecting a layout for your outdoor kitchen. First, look at your available space. You want to select a shape that is complimentary to the space you have. Also, think about any exterior doors that will need to be accessed. It’s also a good idea to think about the path of the sun throughout the day. The space will be used more often if comfortably shielded from the elements.
Material selection is another important factor when creating the ultimate outdoor kitchen. Some materials such as tile or marble may look nice, but they can quickly become hazardous in the event of a spill. An injury is the last thing you want at your gathering. Stain resistance is also important to consider when choosing materials. You’ll want something that stands up against food and grease stains nicely. When choosing materials, consider the following:
- Sun Exposure
- Weather Conditions
- Potential Spills
- Surrounding features
Surrounding features are important to consider for the prevention of injuries. You don’t want to install a surface that becomes slippery when wet next to a pool or hot tub.
Choosing Appliances for Your Outdoor Kitchen
Choosing appliances for your outdoor kitchen can be a lot of fun. However, it can be easy to get carried away. Choose practical appliances that are the appropriate size for the space and your needs. It’s also important to select appliances that you’ll use regularly. Most homeowners typically install a grill, refrigerator, and a sink. Other popular options include:
- Side burners
- Grilling drawers
- Charcoal grills
- Ice Machine
It’s also important to consider the location of the appliances in your outdoor space. Think about wind patterns when selecting a location for your grill. You don’t want smoke drifting towards your guests or into your home. Any cooking appliances are best installed away from foot traffic to give you room to cook and prevent burns on guests. Appliances should also be located a comfortable distance from each other to be user friendly. This is especially important if more than one person cooks at a time. A good, standard measurement is to place appliances four feet apart.
Outdoor Kitchen Dining
A designated dining area will help you get the most out of your outdoor kitchen. A comfortable space for guests to gather and dine will ensure the space is used. When designing the dining area, consider how many people you will be entertaining on most occasions. It’s important to have enough seating options for your guests to be comfortable and not crowded. Seating options for outdoor dining areas include:
- Raised countertops and bar stools
- Patio furniture sets
- Removable seating for entertaining smaller groups
- Additional seating options for entertaining larger groups
- Benches that are also storage
It’s a good idea to add in additional comforts as well. A little lighting and some entertainment can go a long way in increasing the usability of your space. A sound system can provide background music or sports updates. Some homeowners install a television in a protected space, while others go the more traditional route of a fire place or fire pit.
Choosing Granite Huggers for Your Outdoor Kitchen Needs
Granite Huggers is here to help you create the outdoor kitchen and entertainment area of your dreams. Our staff is educated in the finer aspects of outdoor kitchen design. Call our expert team now to discuss potential design options. We can also discuss ways we can use our recycled granite products to create a luxurious space that you and your family will love to use.