Tips for Designing Your Outdoor Kitchen

Warm weather is finally approaching! Many of us are already dreaming of the warm evenings spent entertaining friends and family. What better way is there to do that than an outdoor kitchen? Whether you’re more interested in a line of fancy stainless steel appliances or simply a nice rustic outdoor pizza oven, adding an outdoor kitchen is a great way to extend your living and entertaining space. Designing your outdoor kitchen is one of the most fun parts of the process!

An outdoor kitchen requires you to keep several important factors in mind. Consider how you’ll use the space, how exactly it fits into your yard, what appliances you’ll need and how well they’ll survive the elements. Keeping these in mind allows you to design a long-lasting, functional outdoor space to share with your friends and family.

Designing Your Outdoor Kitchen

Your outdoor kitchen will compose of many factors from the appliances, to the materials it’s built with, to where it sits.

Where it Sits

Remember, your outdoor kitchen is an extension of your indoor living space. It should fit into the yard and area surrounding it. When designing your outdoor kitchen, think about your home’s exterior. Choosing colors and textures that complement it results in a very fluent use of the space, increasing the appeal of the home overall.

Another important factor to consider is the overall area it sits in. Depending on the severity of the weather across the seasons, you may want to consider implementing a shade or an outdoor heater. This allows you to make the most of the outdoor kitchen year-round.

What Materials You Should Use

Materials are an important factor in your outdoor kitchen and looking good is only half the battle. It’s essential that the materials hold up well against the weather year-round.

For appliances and countertops, stainless steel is a great option. Stainless steel looks sleek, holds up against the elements very well, and is very easy to clean.

What Appliances You’ll Need

The most popular choices are grills and smokers as centerpieces of the outdoor kitchen. However, don’t forget other luxuries such as built-in kegerators or ice makers. The key is to think of the main piece of the kitchen and what appliances will help you enjoy it even more.

Consider the Surroundings

A great way to spruce up the appeal of your outdoor kitchen area is to consider the elements surrounding it. Elements such as a beautiful patio to eat on with your family, a fire pit to enjoy the cooler evenings, and even the walkways connecting it to other outdoor features of your home. Floral elements are a great choice too. Imagine enjoying a meal with your family and friends next to a beautiful rain garden. Even showcasing your gardening skills with beautiful flower beds and potted plants. You could even utilize the space around the kitchen for growing spices and herbs to use in your outdoor kitchen!

It All Starts with The Design!

At DiCenso Landscaping, our experts will work alongside you to achieve your hardscaping and landscaping goals! We have years of experience transforming the outdoors into beautiful living spaces for everyone to enjoy. Contact us today and see why many consider us the best in Bucks County!

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