Outdoor Kitchen / July 16, 2018 / Chapin Boule.
Before you decide to start your outdoor kitchen design there is one main thing you should consider: Will you use it enough? If youre the type of person that only pulls the grill out a few times a year versus the person who pretty much doesnt use the kitchen once grilling season hits an outdoor kitchen might not be worth the extra money. But if you and your family grill often enjoy outdoor dining and entertaining than an outdoor kitchen is a great addition to your home.
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.
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.
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.