There’s nothing quite like a day spent outside in beautiful weather, surrounded by your favourite people. This is especially true if you add icy-cold beverages and delicious food to the mix. But, unless you have an outdoor kitchen, chances are you won’t be able to enjoy all of these things at the same time.
That being said, it’s no secret that the best backyards are the ones that feature an area designated for food prep out in the open. Aside from that, a lovely seating and entertainment area is another thing that will only boost your backyard design. However, that being said, not a lot of people know how to tackle this project, so they usually end up putting it off.
Here are some interesting outdoor kitchen design ideas that will help you turn your dreams into reality.
Think about your end goal first
Just like with any other project, it would be best if you sit down and think about what you want your end goal to be before you actually get down to the landscaping. What this means is that you should first consider all the areas or zones you want to create in your backyard and see how much space each of them will require. Furthermore, you should also try to decide what type of an outdoor cooking area you want to create – will you be making complicated meals or you’re more likely to stick with a basic barbecue? All of these will determine the way you’ll approach the rest of the project.
Decide on the layout
The layout is another thing you need to think about before you get down to work. Carefully observe your backyard and try to identify areas that potentially need to be levelled or cleared. Try to see which part of your backyard will be best suited for the kitchen area and which will be better for the seating/entertainment area. If at all possible, you want to have these two areas close to each other, while still allowing enough moving space in both of them. Two of the most popular ways to go here is to have your outdoor kitchen located as close to your house as possible so that it works just like an extension of your indoor area; or have it completely detached, possibly even in the opposite part of your backyard.
Choose the materials carefully
Once everything has been planned out and decided, it’s time to consider the materials you want to use during the construction. If you’re placing your outdoor kitchen and seating area on a deck, you need to choose the materials the deck will be made of as well. Ideally, you should be able to find reclaimed wood you can use for constructing the desk, as natural wood is one of the prettiest materials you can find. Of course, whenever possible, you want to go with reclaimed to avoid being wasteful and contributing to the overall rising pollution.
Don’t forget about the style
Aside from practicality and usability, style should be another one of your concerns. Sure, you want this area to be functional and able to perform as you need it, but making it beautiful at the same time can’t hurt either. You can consider, for instance, creating a hub of sorts for your grilling station made of natural stone and brick. This combo works perfectly in outdoor areas and combines beautifully with any type of natural wood. Additionally, new outdoor collections by King Living demonstratehow you can easily add a sense of luxury and personal comfort to your outdoor space by choosing only the top-quality pieces. So, while functionality is important, make sure you don’t forget about the style, either.
Merge function with aesthetics
As mentioned before, while functionality is your top priority, aesthetics also plays a huge role. Since we’re talking about an outdoor kitchen, you can, for instance, choose to surround the area with a small garden. Here you can grow your fresh produce and even use it while cooking in your outdoor kitchen. This will not only make the space look stunningly beautiful but it will add a dose of fun into your outdoor cooking experience.
Light it up
Finally, as in any other space, lighting plays a huge role here as well. While you will definitely be able to use your outdoor kitchen area during the day, when the sun is out and the weather is favourable, you also want to be able to light up your grill during evenings and actually see what you’re doing. That’s why it’s of the utmost importance to install proper outdoor lighting so that you can enjoy your outdoor area during the day as well as when the night falls. Here, consider using outdoor LED lights and add a touch of romance with carefully placed solar lights.
Big or small, wide or narrow, all backyards are beautiful. The best thing is that they allow us to spend some quality time outdoors while still being able to enjoy all the indoor commodities and the fact that you really don’t have to go away from home in order to spend some time in the sun.