Outdoor Kitchen / July 27, 2018 / Yseult LeBatelier.
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.
In summary pick a countertop. Choose a finish as long as its not polished. Use low voltage lighting and electrical outlets to make the outdoor kitchen as functional as the one inside. Stay cool with an umbrella sleeve. Stay warn with a toekick heater. Use 2inch thinstone veneer and a slabongrade foundation to cut costs. Include a glass tile backsplash for a stylish easytoclean surface. Finally always include a vent in the back of your grill so it doesnt blow up. Otherwise you may need these tips all over again.
If convenience is a high priority for you then dont forget about the refrigerator. Fridges come in many sizes including small enough to fit under your countertops. These refrigerators can hold your steaks dogs and burgers until youre ready to cook. They also work great for storing condiments and drinks while youre cooking. All of these elements may not be entirely necessary for every situation but if you have the room and the budget youll really want to go all out. Remember to check prices online and comparison shop for your viking appliances and dont be afraid to ask the dealer to price match.
If you decide that an outdoor kitchen close to your house or even under a deck is the best option there are actually outdoor ventilation hoods that can help you circulate the air and keep heat from building up on certain parts of your home. Vikings Outdoor Hood even has a heat sensor so it knows when to turn on or off. Not to mention it features the same stainless steel finish as the rest of Vikings appliances giving a sharp and modern look to your kitchen. If youre really brave and are completely building your outdoor kitchen on your own there are plenty of great doityourself articles online that can guide you.