Adding a central point of a fireplace, kitchen area, along with heaters and radiant flooring extends the use of your outdoor living space in comfort year-round.
Building a great outdoor kitchen needs great consideration when your appliances are exposed to the elements. Selecting the right appliances are key in incorporating your interior kitchen ideas into your outdoor space adding versatility, and value to your home.
So where do you start? Once you have decided that you are going to add an outdoor kitchen, you need to select appliance. If you have a covered space you may want to include vents to ensure proper air-flow.
Grilling is the epitome of outdoor kitchens. Adding ovens an side burners extends your capability outside without having to run in and out of the house to boil water, heat sauces or keep things warm.
When you pick a grill, you want to make sure you select something with high BTUs for great cooking. You can get a variety of sizes in all the components so measure well and don’t forget to give yourself enough counter space.
Leading designers for outdoor appliances include Kalamazoo, Alfresko, Viking, SubZero and Wolf. All have a long standing in industrial kitchens and outdoor grills. This is a great place to start when looking for all the components of your outdoor kitchen. Some people prefer to stick with one manufacture, but you may find that sizing or components can be mixed and matched. Many have a stainless front so the look of the kitchen can still be consistent throughout.
New in recent years is the addition of outdoor dishwashers and refrigerators. Entertaining is much easier when you keep all your outdoor entertaining – outdoors. Ensure you also have a good seal on your cabinets so you can keep a full set of serving dishes outside as well.
Refrigeration, a beer tap and wine chillers are also available as a weatherproofed appliance. Make sure your appliance is UL (Underwriters Laboratories) approved to operate in wet conditions. While these are manufactured for exposure to elements, you will want to keep them looking great and functioning long term.
Solid counter tops offer a longer life and durability to your outdoor space. Granite can bring added visual focus, highlighting complementary colors and provide a workspace that looks great.