10 Outdoor Kitchen Ideas for Your Va. Beach Backyard
So you like to entertain in your home’s outdoor space, and you know that an outdoor kitchen would be a perfect enhancement. And you love to look at sites such as HGTV, Houzz and Coastal Living magazine, but you feel overwhelmed with the glut of design ideas available.
In this article, you’ll read about 10 outdoor kitchen ideas that reflect who you are as a person and as a hostess.
10 Outdoor Kitchen Ideas
Before you call your land design company to put your ideas into a plan, you first need to consider what type of host you are.
- Do you want to do a lot of cooking while your friends and family are off socializing on the patio?
- Do you want to combine your pool house or cabana into an outdoor pool party every weekend?
- Will you ever use caterers or bartenders to provide the food and drinks while you mingle with your guests?
- Do you prefer to have a quieter affair with just a few guests, good wine and conversation?
The answers to these questions will determine what type of outdoor kitchen best meets your needs. Here are those 10 ideas:
- Size: When it comes to size, you need to consider both the size of your backyard and how much space you need to prepare and cook a meal. You may also need to limit how big your outdoor kitchen will be so that it can fit into your backyard space.
- Location: Do you want your outdoor kitchen to be the social center? Or do you want it to be more in the background?
- Quiet: If you like a more peaceful gathering, you don’t need a large outdoor kitchen with all the bells and whistles. Instead, you can add a grill, refrigerator, small sink area and counter space that’s away from the sitting area. Plus, you can disguise your outdoor kitchen by having it built to blend in with your surroundings and have your wicker furniture, for example, as the main focal point.
- Mix up the flooring: You don’t have to have flagstones throughout your outdoor kitchen and patio areas. Instead, opt for ceramic tile for the kitchen area and add decking to the dining area. Ceramic tile is easy to clean up and extra sturdy for the kitchen.
- Stack up tight spaces: If you have a small outdoor space for your kitchen, consider stacking your storage space, appliances and even your grill to save on space and make your kitchen area look less cluttered.
- Relaxed dining: Forgo the dining table and chairs. Instead, choose to sit around a raised coffee table. Invest in stain-resistant cushions and allow your guests (kids too) to sit back and enjoy the meal you made for them.
- Cooking with design in mind: You don’t have to settle for your outdoor kitchen’s linear layout. If you love to cook and host at the same time, you can choose a circular or U-shaped outdoor kitchen. Your guests can hang out with their drinks and snacks while you prepare the main menu. And the extra counter space can double as part of the prep area. If you love hosting big parties, this style is perfect for you because your catering company or bartender can man the kitchen while you enjoy socializing.
- Add romance by adding a fireplace or a fire pit: If you’re a romantic at heart or just think that fire adds to the atmosphere, consider adding a stone fireplace or a small fire pit to the dining area. Fireplaces and fire pits can be used all season long to keep your guests warm, provide light and set the mood.
- Take the kitchen to your cabana: Do you love to entertain by your pool? Then consider adding an outdoor kitchen near your pool house or in your cabana. Why separate the two when most folks are hungry after a good swim? Plus, this style meshes well for guests with children.
- Bar and grill style: Do you enjoy a more tavern feel when you’re dining? Then bring that style home to your outdoor kitchen. Design a crescent-shaped or rectangular counter space, add bar stools, and voila, you have your bar and grill. It’s a perfect place to grill hamburgers and sear steaks while having your guests next to you.
No matter how you entertain your family and friends, an outdoor kitchen makes a great addition to your backyard. Mix and match the above ideas to create a design that meets your patio space as well as your cooking needs.
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