KITCHEN & BATH
Summer has arrived and with it the desire to spend a lot more time outdoors. An excellent way to get some time in the rays is to hang out in your outdoor kitchen with your loved ones. This blog post will give you some fun and easy tips to create an outdoor kitchen space you will want to be in all summer long.
Positioning the Outdoor Kitchen
If you're cooking for guests, you don't want to get left out of the festivities. That defeats the purpose of entertaining in the first place. Put your outdoor kitchen in a position where you can see and interact with your friends and family.
Purchase countertops that are over 40 inches high. This will hide all that mess that will come from cooking for a lot of people. When you have large countertops, you can also add a couple of bar stools so that guests can sit with you while you cook and have a drink and some conversation.
Think About The Face Of Your Kitchen
When planning the design of your outdoor kitchen, you can go a lot further than just matching the exterior of your home. For example, consider using an element that matches your pool liner, in your outdoor kitchen decor. You can use items found in your home's exterior, like stack stone, to bring a polished look to the area.
Appliances and Accessories
Since you will spend a lot of time in your outdoor kitchen this summer, you should invest in high-quality appliances and accessories. For many people, this may mean a top-of-the-line barbecue. Dual refrigerators, beverage centers, and a beer tap could be fun additions.
If you want a bit of ambiance with your next outdoor meal, you'll want to think about the way the light hits your outdoor kitchen. You can put a ceiling above the kitchen area, which will make it easy to get task lighting whenever you want it. To keep your kitchen lit for an evening meal with the family, use industrial festival lights for a fun atmosphere.
Consider putting LED lights under your countertops. Not only is this light particularly beautiful in the evening, but it also shows off the individual touches that were brought to your outdoor kitchen. For added functionality LED strips can also be placed in the toe kick.
When you design an open plan for your outdoor kitchen, your guests will find it easy to relax and serve themselves your delicious food. Position the seating area about 12 feet away from the cooking area so that your guests can talk amongst each other while the cook prepares the food. This also allows the cook to comfortably get on with their work while the party goes on around them.