From having the ability to cook out comfortably with your immediate family to entertaining a larger group of people, an outdoor kitchen can be a great investment for your home. A grill and patio furniture are obviously necessary, but including a few other features can make your backyard a truly functional and appealing outdoor retreat. Here are a few trends you must include in your new outdoor kitchen.
In most cases, your outdoor kitchen and furnishings will be arranged on a patio. Unfortunately, enjoying the outdoor space may be difficult and uncomfortable during certain times of the year. For example, in the summer, you may experience intense heat and the harmful rays of the sun. Or, you may be enjoying your outdoor area when it suddenly starts to rain.
Building a pergola over the entire patio or a part of your patio is a must. An open-air patio allows you to enjoy the outdoors without the fear of sunburns, intense heat, and surprise rain. The pergola roof/structure will also help protect your grilling/seating/dining area from birds, since they will be less likely to fly under the pergola's roof structure.
Finally, a pergola can also be used to install ceiling fans and lights, cooling and illuminating your outdoor space to ensure it is enjoyable throughout the seasons.
When designing your outdoor kitchen, a fire feature should also be included. Choose from either a fireplace, which sits off the side of your outdoor kitchen, or a pizza oven, which becomes part of your outdoor kitchen.
Either option offers a few benefits.
For example, both a fireplace and a pizza oven can be used for roasting marshmallows and cooking hot dogs and even small pizzas. In addition, both the fireplace and pizza oven can provide some light at night and a great deal of warmth, so you can enjoy your outdoor space in the evenings and through the cooler seasons.
A kitchen will not be complete without a refrigerator and this principle applies to your outdoor kitchen, too.
Make sure your outdoor kitchen will have an area to accommodate a built-in fridge. This fridge does not have to be large, but it should be sized properly for storing numerous beverages and even dishes of food you will prepare and serve to your family and guests. Storing condiments in the fridge is also helpful for convenient entertaining.
Designing an outdoor kitchen does not have to be challenging. This guide will ensure your backyard is an extraordinary getaway.