One of the hottest trends that has taken place over the past 5-10 years has been the development and design of outdoor kitchens. The designs of these kitchens rivals anything that you might find in the most extensive indoor kitchen. Today, there are a wide variety of choices in both materials, styles and uses. Like with all home trending concepts, once homeowners start embracing a concept, the manufacturers rush to fill the demand. This same thing has occurred with outdoor rooms. In fact, the kitchen outdoors might have been one main driving force for the popularity of creating rooms from patio spaces.
Now, you would be hard pressed to distinguish indoor from outdoor furniture unless you were up close to it. The types of fabrics and materials that go into patio furniture are made from very soft and durable fibers. Many have built in ultraviolet (UV) ray fading resistance. The furniture itself is as elegant as the fabrics that make the cushions. Gone are the days of the simple plastic patio chairs. Now, you’ve got outdoor bar stools and dining sets. The list goes on
and on, but for the purposes of this article, let’s get back on topic for our discussion of the kitchen designs.
Outdoor kitchen designs can be suited to the homeowner. This means that if you are someone who enjoys entertaining and hosting more formal dinner parties, then you can have the makings for a commercial quality outdoor kitchen, complete with stainless steel appliances, grills and refrigerators. Then, you’ve got the option of wine coolers and other accessories. The outdoor sink or sinks can be fed with water from your hose or tapped into your home’s water supply line. Photo credit
If your outdoor kitchen plans call for something a bit more country or cottage-like, there is room for designs in this area as well. Just like with the indoor kitchen, you can have your choice of cabinets and countertops as well. The only thing to keep in mind is that all of your choices need to be waterproof. So, if you’re thinking in terms of wood, choices like redwood or cedar make for the best selections. Stainless steel is always a good choice for appliances. For the counters, you can go with any brick or stone choice. A nice little feature might be something like an outdoor pizza oven or open pit-style fire place.
When you are considering how to plan for space at your outdoor bar seating area, a 15” depth and 24” width per person are good estimates. Keep in mind, these numbers are also a reflection of the type of kitchen design you’ve got. If you have more of an open flowing patio, then the seating needs not be so formally determined. Speaking of a flowing space, a simple patio cover, can provide a great roof over this kitchen you’ve designed. Over the grill or
firepit, don’t make the roof too solid as you and your guests will be choking on smoke the whole time.
So, you’ve got the roof figured out, but what about the flooring? You’ll want to ensure safe-footing, nothing that gets too slippery when wet. A patio paver floor works great. Similarly, if you already have a slab or something laid, you can use an outdoor rug that can provide padding for the long standing periods on that hard surface and it will also provide more traction. With so many options and choices from which to design, have fun with your outdoor kitchen plans and make sure it suits your cooking and patio living style. Photo credit