More and more homeowners are seeing the practicality and functionality of an outdoor kitchen. They understand that such improvement to their backyard increases the property value and creates an opportunity for weekend family gatherings. However, they also understand that putting together a good outdoor kitchen isn’t easy without proper planning. You cannot decide one day to install appliances, cabinets, and islands carelessly and call it an outdoor kitchen.
Designing an efficient and functional outdoor kitchen is a must. While it can cost a pretty penny, it’s worth the investment as it helps increase property valuation. You have to consider several factors to ensure that you’ll have a good outdoor space suitable for your intended purposes. You must also look into existing regulations and codes to ensure that your outdoor kitchen is safe and permitted. Next, look into different appliances to install, such as icemakers, stoves, grills, smokers, and other gadgets. You can even consider a cooking process by Italians using outdoor wood fired ovens to create authentic mouth-watering dishes.
Here are some tips for improving your outdoor kitchen design.
Select your area
You must first select an area where you will place your outdoor kitchen. Choose an area which is comfortably big enough for your purposes. Make sure it’s level and covered. If you don’t have space available right away, you may have to create one before installing your kitchen.
Choose a design style
Remember that you’re adding to your existing space, so observing design cohesion is necessary. Choose a cohesive and stylish design without compromising functionality. You can continue the design from your interior space so there will be a continuous flow that helps in building cohesion. You can use the same motifs, colours, accents and design styles. You can also go against the style and make the space more interesting.
Pick the right paint
While bare concrete or wood planks can work for aesthetic purposes, it’s still much better to paint the walls with a good scheme. You can consider tones that complement the immediate surroundings, especially if you’re surrounded by nature, or you can make the space pop with bright colours. It all depends on your design preference on how you can make the space stand out.
Incorporate enough lighting
Remember to incorporate enough light fixtures and sockets to ensure your outdoor kitchen is safe throughout the day. You can even incorporate fairy lights and LED fixtures to create a comfortable and stylish space. Try to stay within the design concept.
Mind the details
Remember that even the smallest details matter regarding design. You can easily tweak the design scheme with table settings and other details such as condiment containers, flatware, and placemats. Also, consider acquiring beautiful weatherproof furniture to ensure your space is functional and can withstand the elements. You can include a portable canopy, so you can cover up or bask in the sunlight.
Designing an outdoor kitchen can be a meticulous process. You have to factor in various considerations to achieve functionality and aesthetics easily.