Do you love cooking outside while entertaining guests? If the answer is yes, you may want to consider installing an outdoor kitchen. You’ll enhance your outdoor living space, give your patio a more stylish atmosphere, and even increase your home’s property value. No matter what size your yard is, you can benefit from an outdoor kitchen.
Outdoor cooking can be a refreshing change of pace from standard indoor cooking. Cooking outside can make the whole cooking process feel more festive when having company over. Not only will it look nice, but it’ll be an investment you’re proud to share with people you love.
Nowadays, outdoor cooking is more than just a barbecue grill on a deck. An outdoor kitchen is an extension of a person’s home, complete with all of the utilities of an indoor kitchen.
You’ll want your outdoor kitchen close to the main house. Not only do you have to walk shorter distances, but you have easier access to utility lines. The grilling center should be placed somewhere people in other rooms can see and should be nearby the indoor kitchen. By keeping the indoor and outdoor kitchens near each other, it becomes a lot easier to transport food and other dining materials such as seasonings and dinnerware.
Considering that grilling is something people tend to do in the summer when it’s hot, you’ll want to invest in some shading to escape the heat. Shade bars, umbrellas, or even natural shade from trees are all wonderful options for protecting against the sun. You can even build a structure covering the entire outdoor kitchen, protecting it from the natural elements and offering a cooler environment.
Proper lighting does wonders for an outdoor kitchen. It can completely alter the mood after dark and intensify the beauty of your yard. A ceiling fan with a lighting fixture is great for keeping mosquitoes away,and it also brings keep the area bright. By putting lights around the cabinets, meal preparation is made much easier. All of these lighting options also serve as a safety measure when you choose to cook outside under the stars.
The Overall Effect
Outdoor kitchen designs should be seamless. There should be separate areas for eating, entertaining, and lounging. However, all of these areas should be close enough for the person cooking the food to talk to everyone around them. All materials need to be durable, weatherproof, resistant to heat, and easy to clean. You’ll want teak, cedar, and redwood as furniture. Stone and concrete make for good countertops, and stainless steel is ideal for your appliances.
Contact Lehnhoff’s Landscaping
At Lehnhoff Landscaping, we specialize in transforming your outdoor spaces into an extension of your home, while at the same time maintaining the integrity of the property and surrounding areas. From initial contact to project completion, our team turns your vision into reality and personally walks you through the entire process, step by step. Every detail is addressed to ensure that you come away with a finished product that exceeds your expectations