On warm, sunny days isn’t it great to entertain outside? Establishing an outdoor kitchen will not only bring convenience, but it will allow your guests to share uninterrupted conversation and keep you plugged-in to your guests. Imagine not having to run back and forth from your indoor kitchen to your patio or deck for food, drink or utensils.
Consider how to integrate the outdoor kitchen with other outdoor living features, such as a pool, patio furniture or landscaping. Separation of the grill from any socializing areas is a safety concern and should be planned out. An outdoor kitchen is typically placed next to or close to the interior kitchen. This helps increase the efficiency of extending water, gas and electrical utilities to the outdoor kitchen area.Also, consider the impact an outdoor kitchen will have on the interior of your home. A covered or enclosed kitchen will darken indoor areas. If you are considering an enclosed outdoor kitchen area, make sure to have an Underwriters Laboratories (UL-rated) safety certification ventilation system. The ventilation system helps expel steam and heat outside of the cooking area.
Outdoor grill units are the standard cooking center in an outdoor kitchen. Include a landing on both sides of the grill to help serve as countertop space. Allow at least a 36-inch food preparation space when laying out the countertop area. When choosing countertops and cabinets, make sure the material is weather resistant. Light concrete, stainless steel and teak are great material choices for cabinets. For your countertops, use granite, slate, tile, stainless steel or concrete.A stainless steel sink is highly recommended because it is weather resistant. Installing an under counter stainless fridge that is UL-rated and insulated will provide food and drink storage.
Hiring a remodeling professional is a guaranteed way to make sure the outdoor kitchen is built correctly and meets all building costs. Westside Remodeling will help you decide which style and products are right for you and your outdoor kitchen needs. Come by our showroom or give us a call today!