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5 Tips for Designing Your Outdoor Kitchen

5 Tips for Designing Your Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens are a HOT trend right now. Extending your living space outdoors increases your options for entertaining and takes advantage of gorgeous summer weather. And with an outdoor kitchen, the chef is able to be a part of the action while your guests and family enjoy the outdoors.  Here are five things to consider when designing your perfect outdoor kitchen.

1. Type of Cooking

Decide what type of cooking you like to do best.  Normally grilling makes sense, but you may also want to consider a cooktop or even a pizza oven.  Also, think about the space that will be required to prepare food, such as counter and cabinet space.

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2.  Entertaining

When entertaining, you can expect that people will be milling around, but you also need enough room for chairs and tables. If you know you’re going to entertain larger crowds, consider a built-in bar area that allows for seating.

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3. Music

Even if you love your home theater, sometimes you don’t want to be holed up in the dark watching the PGA on a pleasant August day. Incorporate entertainment in your outdoor kitchen with speakers for music and maybe even a flat-screen TV. What could be better than watching the game al fresco with your friends?

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4.  Lighting & Fan

Most parties are in the evening, which would require lighting. You need to first make sure you have a overhead and task lighting for cooking. People need to see to while they are enjoying the delicious dinner that was made for them. The best way to add light is lining the pathway. Also, consider adding can lights or hanging lights under the overhang in the patio area. Adding a fan with a light can serve dual purposes. When the summer months get really hot, a fan can help cool you down.

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5. Fireplace or Fire Pit

Once you have a great outdoor area for entertaining, you don’t want the fun to stop just because summer’s over. Try adding a fireplace or fire pit. These help to extend your use of the outdoor kitchen as the weather becomes a bit cooler. (And now you don’t have to go camping to make s’mores or wood-fired pizza!)

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If you have any ideas or suggestions for designing an outdoor kitchen, please let us know! We are always looking for new ideas!

Kelli Laufer
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Kelli works at Cornerstone Builders, where she writes blogs that provide remodeling content advice. She loves all social media outlets and platforms. In her free time, she enjoys keeping up on the latest fashions and daydreaming about where to travel next.