5 Outdoor Kitchen Ideas to Spice Up Your Backyard
Outdoor kitchens and dining spaces are among the best amenities to install in your backyard and are perfect for hosting outdoor get-togethers in the summer. Having guests over for dinner is one thing, but having guests over for a backyard barbecue with games or a fire pit adds a new level of fun for guests.
Outdoor kitchens come in a variety of different styles and designs, but what’s important is that you choose one that matches the feel of the rest of your yard. For example, if you have a rustic home, a sleek modern outdoor kitchen may not be the best idea, and conversely, if your house is stylish and modern, a rural kitchen design probably would clash with the aesthetic of the rest of your home.
Here are five ideas for what to include in your outdoor kitchen, things to think about, and other suggestions:
Open-Air vs. Covered Outdoor Kitchens
The first and arguably most important step in installing an outdoor kitchen space is deciding whether you want it to be covered or not.
A covered kitchen will be more expensive to build, as you have to account for the materials needed for the roof and sides of the kitchen, but it will be more able to resist wear and tear.
On the other hand, an open-roofed kitchen can more easily handle more advanced prep appliances such as grills and smokers without installing vents and will appear to be more spacious.
Whichever you choose, be sure to choose materials that go well with your desired design. It’s a good idea to get help from a professional, as you’ll need to setup plumbing and electric utility lines in your backyard and get permits to start digging.
Barbecue Grill and Prep Station
A barbecue grill is essential to a backyard kitchen, so be sure to find one that works great for your needs. Whether you need a small sized grill or a large grill with a built-in smoker, cooking food is what you will be doing in the kitchen, so make sure you invest in the proper hardware.
The prep station is equally important - be sure to plan for prep areas throughout your outdoor space. Deciding between built-in counter space or a mobile food prep table can be a hard choice, so planning out the layout of your kitchen is a helpful first step.
Wood-Fired Pizza Oven
Another great way to entertain your family or guests outdoors is with a wood-fired pizza oven. Not only will you be able to bake fresh pizza whenever you please, you can have everyone make their own personal, custom pizzas.
And pizza ovens aren’t just for cooking pizza. Bake fresh pasta, chicken wings, garlic bread or cookies. Use a wood-fired oven to add new flavors and cook your favorite dishes in new ways. Nothing quite beats the wood-fired experience.
Outdoor Countertop Options
While you can get away with using wood and other natural materials for your outdoor kitchen if you have coverings and means to prevent seasonal damage, it is usually best to go with materials that are more resistant to wear and tear.
Stone tile, concrete or brick are great choices for durable countertops. For a more homey feel, granite and slate countertops add a great look to outdoor kitchens but will require a bit more maintenance. Other countertop options could include stone, quartz, or glass, but these can be a little bit more fragile than concrete or brick.
Storage for Cooking Materials
With an outdoor kitchen, you’ll want to have certain utensils and cooking attire accessible from outside. Make an effort to plan for adequate storage spaces; full overlay kitchen cabinets look great in both indoor and outdoor kitchens but opt for weatherproof storage if your kitchen will be uncovered.
Barstools and a Bar
If you have a small yard, your outdoor kitchen may take up a lot of space. You can consolidate it a bit by using bar stools as seating instead of a dining table with chairs. Adding a fold down-murphy bar can be a great way to add a mini-bar with seating in small backyards as well:
If you can protect technology from the elements, adding a TV or outdoor speakers and lights can make your backyard bar even better.
Get Creative with Your Los Angeles Backyard
With countless options for spicing up your backyard, the sky is the limit. Whether you'd like to host more summer BBQs or are getting ready to stage your home for a potential buyer, it's always a plus to have a functional backyard space.
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