5 Tips in Designing an Outdoor Kitchen

If the thought of cooking a meal while enjoying the beauty of a sunny Florida day brings a smile to your face, then it’s time to contemplate installing a backyard kitchen. A great way to maximize your living space, a properly planned outdoor kitchen offers functionality for cooking, eating and entertaining. Ready to take the plunge? Here are 5 tips when designing an outdoor kitchen.

1. The Right Location
Designing an outdoor kitchen starts with choosing the right location. You’ll want a spot that is close enough to your indoor kitchen to allow easy access, but far enough away to keep smoke from drifting into your home. Ideally, you’ll want to select a place that doesn’t interfere with existing traffic patterns or the scenic views that you love.

2. A Solid Foundation
Once you’ve chosen a location, it’s time to think about creating a solid foundation for your kitchen. Outdoor kitchens are prone to spills, grease and water, so any flooring should be durable and easy to clean. While you want flooring that looks good, don’t forget about safety. Avoid materials that might become slick and think carefully before using a dark-hued material that is liable to become unpleasantly hot in the sun.

3. Room to Work
Every cook knows that elbow room is a vital ingredient. When designing an outdoor kitchen, consider how much space you’ll want for working and storage. Think about how you plan to use your kitchen and pick a mix of counter tops, cabinets and storage drawers that will suit your needs. When selecting outdoor kitchen cabinets and other materials, choose durable, weather-resistant options that will stand up to whatever Mother Nature dishes out. Concrete, stainless steel and stone are practical choices that look stunning and clean up well.

4. The Appropriate Appliances
Outdoor kitchen appliances are not the same as indoor kitchen appliances.  Instead, they our outdoor rated and are stainless steel for durability. They are more rugged than traditional kitchen appliances, they’re built to withstand being used outside. Which appliances do you need and how much room do they require to function? Some cooks are content with just a grill, but most find it useful to also have some form of refrigeration and a sink available. Remember that these appliances will need to be correctly hooked up and vented.

5. A Little Atmosphere
When you complete your outdoor kitchen, it should serve as an extension of your home and your style. If your new outdoor kitchen can be designed underneath your roof line on your existing patio, that’s great. If not, then consider incorporating umbrellas or even a separate roof which will provide the opportunity to put your stamp on the space while also delivering desirable shade and protection from summer showers.

BONUS! Lighting
Is the space flooded with natural light? If not, consider installing some lighting to brighten the space. Chances are you’ll be enjoying your new outdoor kitchen in the dusk hours as you entertain and enjoy the mild Florida evenings.
Getting the most out of your backyard kitchen requires careful thought and smart design. At American Backyard Concepts, we’re ready to help. Experienced professionals, our designers can guide you through the entire project, aiding you with design, permitting and even installation. Call us today at 407-847-9322 or contact us online to learn more about our services and request a quote.