May 24, 2011. Bill Szydlowski
A typical outdoor kitchen consists only of a barbecue and a few plastic chairs, but some people desire more than the average. In fact, some homes feature elaborate outdoor kitchens which feature large countertops, a luxurious dining area and various forms of entertainment.
While the expense of such a kitchen is great, it can really add a lot of value to your outdoor life. The ability to cook and eat great food without ever having to venture indoors is a luxury reserved for those who spend the time and energy in creating such a kitchen.
Outdoor kitchens are centered around the food preparation area which is typically comprised of a large counter. These countertops can be constructed from scratch using a wood frame covered in various cabinetry, and appliance modules. Users can pick and choose exactly what goes into their kitchen. Appliances are protected from harsh weather because they are housed within the countertop itself. It is also prudent to incorporate an overhead awning which offers further protection. Regular appliances that are typically used indoors can be applied to an outdoor kitchen with proper protection.
Besides the food preparation center, all outdoor kitchens need someplace to eat. A large dining set with multiple chairs and a table allows all guests to converse freely. Having a television and/or radio built into the kitchen offers entertainment for people of all tastes. To make night time dining possible, ample lighting is important. If you buy nothing else, invest in a set of overhead lights, such as a flush light or set of string lights. Exotic forms of lighting such as solar tiki torches may be added at a later date. Place a set above both the cooking center and dining set. Outdoor temperature control can be achieved by using a heater such as a propane fire pit or a cooler like a misting fan. Customizations like these help keep everyone happy.
Updated May 24, 2011. Published March 28, 2011. Bill Szydlowski