If you and your family enjoy outdoor living to any large extent I am sure you will appreciate the wonderful benefit of an efficient and creative outdoor kitchen design. By including an efficient plan for your outdoor kitchen you will have made family gatherings much more comfortable and enjoyable.
Gone are the days when a simple barbecue grill or pit and a picnic table was an outdoor living space. Todays garden oasis and backyard retreats are much more involved than in days and years past.
We now have fully functioning living areas outside our homes. It is one more way that families are finding to make the most of their space year round. Many of these outdoor kitchens even have efficient methods of heating and cooling the space for maximum comfort.
You can find outdoor kitchens in a wide variety of styles and designs. Some are extensions of the interior of the home into the outdoors, while others are more like sunrooms, and still others take on a life of their own and are a completely separate place that is part of the home while taking on a life of its own.
A Few Suggestions for your Outdoor Kitchen Design
Common sense matters in all manner of design options both for the interior and exterior of you home. The truth of the matter is that if your outdoor kitchen is not efficient it wont be used so take great care in assuring the maximum possible efficiency for this space in order to avoid wasting a huge amount of time, energy, effort, and money in the process and creating an unusable living space for your home.
One of the first things to consider for the sake of efficiency is location in relation to the kitchen of your home. No matter how carefully you plan there will be trips between the two rooms, the more convenience and less distance in the paths that separate them the better.
The next consideration is counter space. You need to have surfaces upon which to place things that are coming off the grill, condiments, side dishes, plates, drinks, buckets of ice, etc. You need plenty of counter space in your outdoor kitchen just as your indoor kitchen. While we are discussing this, it is also a good idea to choose surfaces for the flooring and countertops that are easy to clean, as they will have greater exposure to the elements than the interior of your home.
Make sure you also have what you need in order to make the area comfortable and usable for as much of the year as possible. Using your outdoor kitchen in the winter months should be as simple as employing your barbecue area and a few well placed patio heaters along with some comfortable seating scattered throughout the area. An outdoor fireplace is also an excellent idea for this space. It will provide not only warmth but also atmosphere and ambience.
What to Expect
Expectations for your outdoor kitchen design should be high. You have placed a lot of thought and money into the planning process for your outdoor living space and you should expect great things as a result. You should also be realistic.
Bugs are not going to suddenly cease existing and the temperature wont suddenly hit a balmy 65 degrees year round so that you can get maximum enjoyment of your space. If you plan carefully however, neither of those things will be as much of a concern as they were in the days of picnic tables and charcoal grills.