Outdoor Kitchen / July 11, 2018 / Parnella Lejeune.
A multipart series to provide you with outdoor kitchen design inspiration and guidelines. The recent popularity of outdoor kitchens is expected to continue being a hot trend. Not only are the warmer southern climates featuring a rise in outdoor kitchen growth but the colder northern climates are too. They offer a good return on investment (ROI) should you decide to sell your home and they also provide you with an enjoyable and functional outdoor living space.
When deciding what kind of elements you are going to use in your outdoor kitchen first decide how large you want it to be. If you have the time and money to spend a large and elaborate kitchen full of outdoorsafe cookware countertops sinks and appliances can really make your outdoor space shine. If on the other hand you prefer a smaller and more intimate cooking experience you need only choose the smaller versions of these appliances and some omissions wont necessarily take away from the functionality too much. Luckily Vikings appliances come in many price ranges and sizes one of which is sure to fit your outdoor kitchen needs.
Next you must choose the type of finish for your stone countertop. First of all never use polished stone for an outdoor kitchen countertop. The surface will blind you with reflected sunlight and always look dirty. Allow the natural stone to look natural and it will enhance the style of the outdoor kitchen. Some possible finishes for a natural stone countertop include honed flamed and brushed. A honed natural stone finish features a smooth surface without the horrible reflection of a polished finish.
As you can see while they may seem like a luxury there really are no set rules for defining a space as an outdoor kitchen. With a little imagination and helpful resources and design guidelines such as this you will find that no matter what type you may fancy it is sure to become a central location for your family and your friends to gather while enjoying the great outdoors. Following is a short and fun questionnaire to help you begin determining your outdoor kitchen design goals.