Gone are the days where an outdoor kitchen was a cooler and a barbeque. Of course, your grill is probably going to be the most important feature. However, an outdoor kitchen is as convenient as a regular kitchen. A good outdoor kitchen now has things such as smokers, roasting pits, fireplaces, warming drawers, pizza ovens, wet bars, side burners and more. Outdoor kitchens are about as complicated to design as indoor kitchens. It is not easy to create something that is functional, but also allows you to relax and entertain. You have to sit back and make some firm decisions firstly. Decide what really matters and what you really can’t do without, which means understanding how you will use the space. Never deviate from the plan you have created.
What will be the space’s primary function? If you are training to be a chef, you will have to focus on your appliances, your materials and your layout. If, on the other hand, your goal is to throw lavish parties, then comfort is far more important, as well as access to things such as a good fridge. By knowing exactly how you will mainly use your space, you will be better able to place your different items in the right location. You also have to think about how the sun and the wind hit the area where you want to place your kitchen. Wind is particularly important, as you may just suffocate people by making them sit downwind of your barbeque grill.
Anyone who has ever done work on a regular kitchen knows how important counter space is. You must put this at the top of your to do list. There is simply no way that you can serve up drinks and a meal without sufficient counter space. Finally, make sure that you use the right materials. Because it is outside, you will also have to use materials that are more weather resistant and generally more durable. Do also make sure that you pick low maintenance materials. An outdoor kitchen is a true delight if you build it right. Be ready, however, to entertain on an almost daily basis, because your friends will probably love the space as much as you do. On the other hand, if an outdoor kitchen isn’t made for sharing and entertaining, then what is? Don’t forget that you enjoy yourself in your amazing outdoor kitchen creation as well.