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How to Design an Outdoor Kitchen

Lora Davis

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If your family enjoys spending time outside on a deck or perhaps the patio, there are chances that you also love preparing food on the outside every once in a while. While the outdoor Bar-B-Que is a great item, there are other additional features you can include that will greatly improve your outdoor dining experience even more. You want to ensure that your outdoor kitchen is designed tastefully so as to create a great outdoor space.

Location: Where your outdoor kitchen will be located should be the key factor in all your planning; you want to be careful about the location so that the typical wind pattern in your area doesn’t send smoke into the house consistently. You also want to get a convenient place for your outdoor kitchen since you will need to move back and forth several times as you prepare your meals and don’t forget about the flow of your backyard. You also want to ensure that the food preparation area is away from areas where children love to play so you can minimize the risk of accidents.

The floor: The floor of your outdoor kitchen forms the foundation of the entire area; ensure that you choose a flooring material that is appropriate for your climatic condition; extreme weather can easily damage some floors especially during precipitation or extreme temperatures. You must also ensure that the floor doesn’t become slippery when it is wet. Remember that you will be cooking from this outdoor kitchen and, as such, the floor should also be resistant to grease and food stains. Last but not least, consider the overall weight of the appliances you are going to install in the outdoor kitchen as you choose the floor.

Appliances and Workspaces: The type and size of the appliances you want to add should be able to fit into the plan you have for an outdoor kitchen. An ideal outdoor kitchen should feature an outdoor Bar-B-Que grill, surface cooking as well as a cold storage that will hold food and beverages. Food preparation surfaces are also an important feature that cannot be forgotten. You also want to ensure that work surfaces are expertly positioned on both sides of the BBQ grill and you can decide between stone and concrete for countertop materials. In designing the kitchen, you will want to remember the kitchen triangle where the BBQ grill, the sink and the refrigerator are at three points.

Make it comfortable and safe: Your family and friends will definitely want to gather around you as you cook at the outdoor kitchen ; this can only happen if they find the area comfortable. You want to ensure that the design allows space for comfortable chairs and tables; the cushions for the outdoor chairs should have a fabric that will be able to withstand moisture; you may add lighting that creates the desired ambience.

About the author: This article is penned by Lora Davis for San Diego BBQ who are the leading BBQ grill showroom in all of San Diego selling products like Fireplace, outdoor Bar-B-Que, outdoor kitchens, new grills, BBQ parts, BBQ services, custom BBQ islands and also offer BBQ installation & haul away services.


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