There is no better way to bring family and friends together than with food, soccer, and the great outdoors. With autumn just around the corner, now is an excellent time to start planning your outdoor kitchen. If you want to spend more time outdoors or just want to add value to your home, add an outdoor kitchen first. However, creating your perfect outdoor space takes some time and planning. Here are some tips to get you started.
Access your outside space
Can your garden access the necessary amenities such as electricity, gas and plumbing? The first step in planning your outdoor kitchen is determining how to incorporate these amenities into your yard. Another thing to consider is your lighting. Lighting is important to be able to cook and eat at night. It also creates an ambience. You can find more ideas for outdoor lighting here.
Plan your zones
As with an indoor kitchen, you need to plan your layout using traditional kitchen zones. These zones include your prep zone, cooking zone, plate and serving zone, and entertainment zone. The definition of these areas creates a pleasant experience for both the chefs and the guests.
Preparation zone: The preparation zone is usually located next to the cooking zone to make it easier to transport food. At the very least, this zone includes a sink, plenty of counter space and a trash can.
Cooking zone: The cooking zone includes your grill, burner, or any other outdoor cooking device you desire.
Plate and serving zone: This zone is most useful when placed between your cooking zone and your entertainment zone. This area should be large enough for your guests to comfortably prepare their meals. Warming drawers or food warmers can also enhance the outdoor dining experience.
Entertainment zone: place this zone outside the cooking and prep area. This zone typically includes compact refrigerators and ice machines. You can expand this area by adding a wine cooler or bar area.
Choose your devices
Make the most of your outdoor kitchen by adding appliances you can’t use indoors. First, create a must-haves list. Some popular options are a grill, sink, gas hob, or pizza oven. A beverage refrigerator is often used to entertain your guests while the food is being prepared. First, examine your personal priorities and interests. Then choose the devices that make the most sense for your garden.
Increase the comfort
If you have enough space, let your outdoor kitchen serve as a prep and entertainment area. Add an outdoor dining table and chairs for comfort and function. If there isn’t enough space, add a couple of bar stools to open the counter.
Weatherproof for us all year round
Don’t let the weather determine when you can enjoy your new terrace. There are many ways to use your outdoor kitchen all year round. Adding a canopy protects your appliances and furniture. Another idea is a screened in porch. So you can enjoy your dinner flawlessly and without rain. When it comes to protecting your furniture, most metal, cedar, and all-weather wicker can handle whatever nature blames them for.
Prepare your garden in time for the fresh weather by starting your project today! If you are unsure whether you are getting the full potential of your space, contact a professional. The DSLD Land Management team has many years of experience in outdoor dining and entertainment.
DSLD is a full-service design / build landscape contractor based in Birmingham. The family owned and operated company is headed by David Sharp, a brilliant designer supported by a team of professionals who have decades of experience transforming Alabamian’s landscape nightmares into dream landscapes. They do business and living. Speaking from experience here, AlabamaWX friends: give David and his team a call. They are amazing! – Bill Murray
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