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Apr082008

Top Design Considerations for Your Outdoor Kitchen

Here are some things to start thinking about when planning your outdoor kitchen. These are the top questions and design options we work through on a regular basis.

Do you want your outdoor kitchen covered so that you can cook and entertain even when it rains?

You will want to consider the overall size needed. For instance, for the chairs at the dining table, you need at least four feet away from any other element, especially the grill or any step-downs.

Do you want brick pavers underneath you new outdoor kitchen?

Plan for adequate cabinet space. This way you can keep your supplies, which will help cut down on trips back and forth to the indoor kitchen.

Counter top options include tile, granite, stone and concrete.

Overhead fans can make it more pleasant during Jacksonville’s hottest months

Refrigerator: Under-counter units are popular for summer kitchens because they are out of sight, protected by the counter and handy for storage.

Sinks: Stainless-steel sinks are preferable for summer kitchens because they won't corrode.

Nice ad-ons: Waterproof TV and sound systems, inline hot water heaters, warming drawers, and fireplaces.

Outdoor kitchens are one of the hottest trends in landscaping and outdoor living. These structures create a focal point comparable to the kitchen inside the home. They become the center of all the action and entertainment in one’s home.

Best of all, having a summer kitchen allows you, as the host, to enjoy the good times, too. You may be the cook and bartender, but, with an outdoor kitchen, you get to do all your necessary—and much appreciated—work right in the midst of your family, friends and guests.

Outdoor kitchens can integrate well into the existing landscape, tying your summer kitchen’s design into the larger space; things like, complementing any existing structures, easy access to the indoor kitchen, the relationship to a pool or outdoor patio.

Reader Comments (1)

Brilliant, just what I needed to know, thank you!
September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVincent

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