Outdoor kitchens are one of the hottest trends today, and there is no better time to add one than during the building of your new home. Working with your builder, you can conveniently add to your entertaining area while incorporating the design elements of your home.
When designing your outdoor kitchen, a few things to consider will be your entertaining style, climate, appliances, and budget.
Think of your outdoor kitchen as an outdoor room. Guests can flow from your house to the patio and back. Keep in mind that crowds tend to gather where the food is being cooked, so keep counter space and seating in mind when looking at your patio floor plan. Adding outdoor speakers will add to the festive feel of the area.
The materials used in your kitchen need to stand up to the harshest elements of your climate. Sealed natural stone, granite, and solid surface countertops are the most widely used materials, and work well outdoors. Take into consideration how much sun your kitchen will be getting and how hot the counters will get. High-quality stainless steel sinks resist staining and rusting. A shelter will allow the cook to grill during inclement weather. A patio heater can extend your kitchen through the colder months.
Your appliances will be influenced by your cooking style. There are a wide range of gas and charcoal grills, under the counter refrigerators and wine coolers, and trash compactors available. Wood-burning ovens are yet another cooking option available.
There are outdoor kitchen options for virtually every budget. Remember when budgeting and designing that your kitchen will add value to your new home and quality to your life.
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