As summer ends and temperatures start to cool off, it is a great time to considering adding a backyard outdoor kitchen to your home. A backyard outdoor kitchen allows you to extend your living space into the outdoors and fall is the perfect time to enjoy this new space. As you begin to plan your backyard outdoor kitchen, there are many things to consider. First, you must think about how you want to use the space and where it will be located in your backyard. You also must think about the budget, of course.
Here are some other things to consider while planning your backyard outdoor kitchen:
- How much of the year will you use it? For summer months, you will need to think about shade and shelter. Shade can be achieved with trees, as well as with an awning or a pergola. Even umbrellas can work for seating areas. For winter months, you will need some sort of fire pit or outdoor heater to provide warmth.
- What appliances will you need? Some outdoor kitchens are simple, while others have all the conveniences of most indoor kitchens. Popular appliances include grills, smokers, refrigerators, kegerators or wine fridges, and ice makers.
- What sort of layout fits your space and needs? Think about having space for food preparation and perhaps drink preparation as well. Also, remember that you want to separate hot and cold zones, so the fridge isn’t right next to the grill.
Choosing weather-resistant materials will extend the lifespan of your outdoor furniture, and don’t forget about key elements like lighting, bug control, seating and storage. With a little planning, you can achieve the backyard outdoor kitchen you have always wanted just in time for Labor Day.