More Tips for Planning an Outdoor Kitchen (Summer Outdoor Kitchen Series Part 2)
Our summer outdoor kitchen series continues this week with more tips to help you design and plan your outdoor kitchen. Last week we talked about outdoor kitchen logistics, including safety concerns and design considerations. This week we’re going to share a few additional tips on appliances, storage, and ambiance.
Outdoor Kitchen Storage
Don’t overlook storage when planning an outdoor kitchen layout. Outdoor cabinets keep you well stocked and organized and cut down on unnecessary trips to your main kitchen.
When designing your outdoor kitchen think about the following:
- Access: You’ll want easy access to the grill’s gas line, and any under-sink plumbing;
- Storage: You’ll want to keep things outside—tools, dishes, utensils, lighters/matches, glassware, etc.;
- Warming/cooling storage: In addition to cold storage for beverages, you should consider warming drawers to hold cooked food at temperature until it’s ready to serve.
- Trash: Keep bugs and hungry neighborhood critters out with secure outdoor garbage storage.
Choosing Outdoor Appliances
Whether you’re designing on a grand scale or a more modest one, your outdoor appliances must be:
- Durable: Stainless steel is common, but you’ll also find ceramic outdoor appliances.
- Easy to clean: Ask about the exterior and interior surfaces.
- Customized for your needs: If you want to move your famous dinner parties for 20 outdoors, a simple grill/sink/refrigerator set up won’t do! If you tend to keep things small and simple, maybe you don’t need both gas and charcoal grills.
Atmosphere: Your Personal Touch
Don’t get so busy planning the cooking that you forget about the entertaining. Think about comfy seating, lighting solutions for after-dark, and “extras” like landscaping, water features, and even a TV for watching the big game.
Don’t forget to plan for inclement weather! You can still enjoy your outdoor kitchen in rain or high temperatures when you install a pergola, and outfit tables with umbrellas. A patio heater for cooler evenings and a mister for warm ones can also help you get the most out of your outdoor kitchen.
Our summer outdoor kitchen series is really heating up! Check back next week for more tips for designing your outdoor kitchen, and stay connected with K&N Sales on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Houzz.