Outdoor Kitchen / July 14, 2018 / Yseult LeBatelier.
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.
Sooner or later summer comes to an end. I dont know about you but I love to grill in the winter too. Try a toe kick heater. A toe kick heater is built into the bottom of the grill structure to keep your feet warm in the winter. Just as an umbrella sleeve will keep you comfortable in the summer a toe kick heater will let you cook outside all winter long. The subtle innovative design will allow you to stand by the grill until the food is well done. (Remember heat rises. Toe kick heaters will not only keep your feet warm but also make sure you dont freeze anything else off either.)
Once youve decided how big your outdoor kitchen will be youre going to want to pick your grill. If you plan on having outdoor counters and other cooking space you may want to opt for one of the types without a cart the kind that can be installed into smaller enclosures. This both personalizes your kitchen and allows you to tailor the kitchen to fit the grill or vice versa. One great example comes from the Viking ESeries of grills. The ESeries grills have fantastic amenities like Flavor Generator Plates rotisserie burners and halogen canopy lighting just to name a few. Another huge advantage to using many of Vikings grills are that they dont require insulated jackets when theyre installed.
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.