Studies show that 73% of homeowners working on outdoor projects are making changes to one or more of their structures or hardscapes. Patios and terraces are also common projects, totaling 43% of survey participants’ projects, but outdoor kitchens are another favorite upgrade.
If you’re looking for a beautiful and practical landscaping renovation, put together a cozy cooking area in your yard. Just make sure you have the following five things.
The Outdoor Kitchen Essentials
- The grill
You will obviously need some sort of cooking equipment and a grill is the perfect tool for delicious outdoor meal prep. Meat, veggies — you name it and you can cook it on a grill. When it comes to grilling, you’ve got two main options: gas or charcoal. Gas is a lot quicker and more convenient, but if you like to savor the moment and really get into the art of cooking, a charcoal grill might be a lot more fun.
- The countertop
Like in a regular kitchen, you will need a surface for food preparation. Experts recommend having at least one foot of counter space on either side of the grill. A stone countertop with stainless steel features would look so natural in the outdoor setting. Consider looking into stone services to find the perfect building materials.
- The sink
Having an outdoor sink will require some plumbing work, but it will be well worth it. Instead of having to go in and out of the house every time you need water, you can have access to clean, drinkable water immediately.
- The refrigerator
Like the sink, an outdoor refrigerator can be extremely convenient. Even just a small fridge that fits under the counter can store all kinds of beverages and perishable cooking ingredients. With an outdoor refrigerator, you will save time and minimize traffic between the indoor kitchen and your outdoor living spaces.
- The lighting
Obviously, you will need the proper lighting in order to prepare food, particularly if you are enjoying the outdoors in the evening. Your guests will also appreciate some mood lighting as they chat and enjoy their meal.
These are just the outdoor kitchen essentials, but of course, you can add your own personal touch as you build and decorate. What else do you think belongs in an outdoor kitchen? Let us know in the comments section below.