Cooking outdoors is an enjoyable way to entertain and adds to the value of your home. When you consider adding an outdoor kitchen to your deck or lanai, it is helpful to use a home improvement specialist to walk you through some design options and help you make appliance choices.
Ask your contractor to make sure the kitchen in placed in a covered location where electricity, gas and plumbing can be installed. Make sure it can be adequately ventilated and is far enough away from the house that you won’t get smoke from your grill coming in a window or staining your siding.
There are certain necessary elements that are required to make any kitchen functional indoors or out. Start with the main event – the grill. A large inset gas grill with a stainless steel cover is always a good choice. A full-size gas oven is also important whether you are baking from scratch or keeping grilled foods warm.
A refrigerator rated for use outdoors is essential for keeping food fresh and drinks cold. You may want a full size unit with a built in freezer for ice and frozen meats or desserts. Compact models also do a fine job and can save space if that is a concern.
Other necessities that must be considered are a good sink, possibly oversized, to accommodate large cooking pots and utensils. There are many options besides stainless steel or ceramic, including stone or concrete. Make sure to include a food disposer.
Storage cabinets and drawers where essentials can be stored are a must-have, but ask your home improvement professional to suggest appropriate materials to hold up against the weather.
Countertops should be ample and conveniently placed. Stainless steel or granite, as well as concrete are good choices.
Adding an outdoor kitchen can seem overwhelming but is well worth the effort. With a professional helping you make choices, you will soon be setting out extra chairs and proudly showing off your new space.