Being blessed with your own outdoor space is one of the best things in the world. This area not only allows you to spend some quality time in nature (but at home) but it also leaves room for completely changing your day to day habits, especially if you live somewhere where the weather is pleasant and sunny more or less all year round.
What we’re trying to say is that, if you do have your own outdoor space, you can relocate some of the everyday activities – like meal prepping and eating – there and enjoy them to the max. Let’s check out some of the ideas for creating a functional and adaptable outdoor kitchen and dining area.
Step 1 – choose a footprint
When determining the footprint for your outdoor kitchen, you should try to keep it functional but compact. There are four most common footprint layouts you can choose from and they include linear, L-shaped, U-shaped and island footprint. All four of these have their flaws and perks, so you’ll need to determine which one would work best in your backyard.
Consider all the appliances and areas you want to include in your outdoor kitchen to make choosing the layout easier. If you want to have only a grilling station and a sink, you really don’t need a U-shaped layout, but if you wish to include a stove, coolers and even a prep counter, this layout is probably the best way to go.
Step 2 – choose the right appliances
Once you’ve determined the layout, it’s time to move onto choosing the right appliances. The size of the appliances you choose will determine the size of your outdoor kitchen area. Therefore, when selecting, try to go for adaptable and all-in-one appliances whenever possible, to maximize their usefulness and minimize the space needed.
Also, make sure you always choose appliances made particularly for outdoor kitchens because they are sturdier and will withstand the elements much easier than appliances made for indoor use would. Keep in mind that high-quality and reliable appliances will initially cost a bit more, but at least you won’t have to replace them every year.
Step 3 – take care of the installations
Now that you have the layout determined and the appliances bought, you should take care of installations. Installing electricity, water and reliable new gas connection are the tasks that are better left to professionals, no matter how skillful you think you are.
If not done right, all of these can cause some serious damage and can significantly endanger your and your family’s safety, so instead of risking it, better play it safe.
Step 4 – add furniture
The outdoor kitchen area itself should be a fixed construction but the furniture in your dining area can consist of foldable and multi-purpose pieces. Some people think that by getting the foldable furniture pieces they will be compromising the overall aesthetic appeal of the area, but that’s definitely not the case.
Since everything is located outdoors, by using foldable wooden furniture pieces, you will create that fancy picnicky vibe and you’ll be able to store and move all the furniture pieces away quickly in case of sudden rains or storms. Furthermore, by choosing this alternative you’ll avoid having your furniture pieces exposed to elements all year round which will significantly expand their lifespan. Finally, you can simply fold and store away the furniture if you need the space it occupies for something else.
Step 5 – take the indoor comfort out
Finally, if you want to make sure that you stay unaffected by weather conditions while using your outdoor kitchen, you can build a pergola or a tall roof over the entire area. This will not only protect you from the rain, but it will also provide shelter from direct sun and heat.
Further, you can add netting or sheer curtains around the dining area to keep mosquitoes and other pesky insects at bay while enjoying your meal. Finally, you can even install heat lamps of a fire pit that will allow you to enjoy your outdoor kitchen and dining area even when the weather is a bit colder.
As you can see, creating an outdoor kitchen area is not that difficult. The only things you should really pay attention to are the electricity and gas installations because they can significantly jeopardize everyone’s safety if not done right. With everything else, you can let your imagination run wild, and create a beautiful area where you’ll enjoy spending time with your friends and family.