Outdoor Kitchen / July 13, 2018 / Rosamonde Laliberte.
Preparing and enjoying meals outdoors along with casual entertaining has in recent years really taken off as homeowners have come to see just how appealing these alfresco preparation areas can be. Having originated in the southwest outdoor kitchens are now to be found all over the country. So just what kinds of foods can be cooked outdoors? Actually any type of food that can be prepared in an indoor kitchen can be prepared in an outdoor kitchen. Todays outdoor kitchen designs can include such items as: sinks cabinets and cutting boards. They can be fully featured areas which offering a covered bar and buffet area.
For safety purposes always put a vent in the back of your outdoor BBQ structures. Every gas line eventually leaks. Including a vent will allow the gas to escape. If not the gas will sit in the grill until someone comes to turn it on and everyone knows what happens when uncontrolled gas and fire meet. A subtle vent in the back of the grill will allow excess gas in case of a leak to escape into the yard rather than sit in the confined space of the grill waiting for you to blow it up by simply lighting up the grill. Be safe and make sure you have some sort of vent in your outdoor BBQ structure. In other words dont blow up your house.
This technique unfamiliar to the average homeowner incorporates a on grade foundation that will cut your structural costs in half. Your outdoor kitchen and grill can be set on a slabongrade foundation as opposed to a typical footing. Slabongrade means the shape is dug into the ground gravel is set at the bottom and concrete is poured level with the hole and reinforced by steel. This technique works in conjunction with metal framed structures metal framed structures weigh significantly less than masonry structures and are designed to handle the countertop weight. This simple system removes the need for a deeply dug footing and concrete block cutting back structural costs by 50 percent.
An outdoor kitchen design can include different components and styles and there are many factors in deciding on the right outdoor kitchen design. One of the factors is just how much space you have to work with. Will it just include a small grill island or will your outdoor kitchen be as big as your indoor kitchen? Will it be the place where you and your family will spend a considerable amount of time? It is important that for an outdoor kitchen to work you must be able to provide adequate seating and dining areas. If you want to be able to enjoy your outdoor kitchen when the weather turns cooler it is a good idea to also have an outdoor fireplace to keep everyone warm and toasty.