Ideas for Your New Outdoor Kitchen

One of the most novel and enjoyable spaces in a home can be an outdoor kitchen. Families always seem to be divided during barbecues; some cooking inside and others socializing or grilling outside. With an outdoor kitchen, families can cook together and grillers don’t have to continually go in and out of the house to grab plates, cooking tools or lighters, as everything needed can be easily stored in cabinets in the outdoor kitchen.

Layout

If you have a pool, place your outdoor kitchen nearby for even more enjoyment. Family and guests will love taking a dip in the pool and being able to relax at an outdoor bar just steps away. Those who are preparing food will feel like they are part of the action and will be able to oversee children in the pool and chat with guests while they are cooking.

Leaving large openings in the walls will allow for fresh air to flow through and keep everyone cool. This is a great way to still enjoy the weather while having some shelter from the sun. Outdoor kitchens have increasingly become popular in areas where residents enjoy pleasant weather for much of the year.

Materials

Small outdoor kitchens usually contain a small sink, built-in grill, an under-counter refrigerator, and a few cabinets. It is important to finding durable, water resistant materials to construct your kitchen so that it is equipped to withstand bad weather and moisture.

Natural stone can be a great material to help define your space. It is hardy, flame resistant and has a beautifully unique and natural appearance that will enhance your kitchen’s outdoor feel. Large rectangular tiles in natural slate can make an attractive, rugged backsplash that will complement granite countertops and wooden decks.

Granite is a popular material for outdoor countertops. It is arguably the most beautiful outdoor option, and creates a “high end” look. If properly installed by an experienced professional, you should not have any adhesive problems or grout lines. Granite is best for areas not exposed to direct sunlight, so make sure your outdoor kitchen is shaded.

If direct sunlight is inevitable, concrete may be the best option. These countertops are cast in one piece and are therefore flexible in terms of shape. Concrete also has no grout lines and comes in a limitless array of colors.

If you are looking to create a unique space and a new way to enjoy the beautiful weather, than consider an outdoor kitchen. This back yard oasis will help you get away from the stressors inside the home and enjoy some old-fashioned outdoor living with a modern flair.