Creating an Outdoor Kitchen for Entertaining
Entertaining outdoors when the sun is shining, and the summer breeze is softly blowing through your backyard is some of the best times you can have with your family and friends. What usually happens, however, is that everyone is outside, one person is at the grill, and you’re stuck inside the kitchen not getting to be part of the fun. You can remedy this situation by creating an outdoor kitchen for entertaining that allows everyone to be together while entertaining and cooking. Check out our tips for designing the perfect outdoor kitchen.
There are several options you have for cooking outdoors.
- Gas or Charcoal Grill
- Fire pit designed for cooking
- Outdoor electric ovens
- Brick Ovens
- Clay Ovens
When deciding which type of outdoor oven you are going to think about functionality and frequency of use. Does your family do a lot of homemade pizza? A brick oven may be perfect for you. Does your family love to BBQ and eat a lot of meat? A grill and smoker will be great on your patio! Do you live somewhere that you can cook outdoors all year around? Having outdoor electric ovens installed on your patio may be the best choice for you.
You should have a dry storage place such as a small shed or wood cabinet that you can store your cooking utensils in as well as charcoal, dry ingredients, and paper products and cutlery. You can save yourself multiple trips back and forth into the house if you create an outdoor storage area.
An outdoor bar is stylish, functional, and can be for more than alcohol. You can run plumbing to an outdoor bar and install a sink or have mini fridges under the bar top so you can keep beverages cold outside.
You will also love outdoor refrigeration because you can keep salads, desserts, and sauces chilled instead of setting them out and letting them get warm. If you have an outdoor garage for entertaining you can easily install full-size refrigerators and make the corner of the garage your bar area. Outdoor bars can be set up on a deck or patio as well.
**Pro-tip: Having sinks outdoors also means that you don’t have to carry dirty dishes or utensils inside of your clean indoor kitchen. You can do all the cleanup outside.
There are many ways you can light your backyard from lanterns and string lights to having light posts with electrical lights installed. Decorative lighting such as hanging lights always makes a backyard look romantic and whimsical. Some people have patio fans and overhead lighting or track lighting installed in their bars or over cook tops as well. You want to make sure your backyard is well it at night if you are doing evening time entertainment, especially if you have a swimming pool in use.
If you are entertaining outdoors, you need furniture for people to sit on and dine at. There is a nearly endless assortment of different patio furniture available for an outdoor kitchen, but the most important will be a table and chairs or a table with benches. Tables can be different shapes and sizes so consider how many people you usually entertain when shopping for a set.
Picnic tables and Adirondack furniture are other popular, classic styles of outdoor furniture that are super functional and comfortable. You may even consider swings or gliders, pub tables with stools, and garden benches when shopping for optimal seating for your outdoor kitchen.
For more inspiration, check out our spring patio trends here.
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