Summer is here and most of us love being outdoors as much as possible. Especially if you spend your days in an office. In fact, I am writing this from my patio. Outdoor kitchens are becoming the newest trends to help us all get out a bit more. Why be in your kitchen, when you could be outdoors? And personally, with 3 kids, I like the idea of escaping the clean up. Pass the hose please! You can take your patio from just a grill & dining table to a dream space featuring a large countertop prep space, appliances, lighting, fans & beyond. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you begin the process:
-Among the most important factors for an outdoor kitchen, as with an indoor kitchen, is access for the utilities.
-A designer can determine the best placement for the access to utilities, as well as the overall aesthetic design. It is important the outdoor has the same appeal and visual consistency with the rest of the home.
-Incorporating natural stone in outdoor countertops fireplaces table and trim is the perfect choice. Not only does it look beautiful, but it will stand up to the outdoor elements.
-It is also important other surfaces be weatherproof and appliances be approved for outdoor use.
Whether you love to entertain family and friends or just want a personal backyard retreat, an outdoor kitchen could be a great way to extend your living space.