The New Heart of the Home is Your Outdoor Kitchen

The New Heart of the Home is Your Outdoor Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home, but you are not limited to the indoors, you can bring it outdoors now. You can make your outdoor kitchen an amazing space the whole family can enjoy. This is the perfect time to get your outdoor kitchen installed or updated to be the most convenient, functional space it can be before you start entertaining family and friends.

If this is your first outdoor kitchen or you’re updating your current outdoor kitchen, the design concepts are endless. Start your outdoor kitchen design by making a list of must-have items. These could include a grill, sink, an island, gas cooktop, pizza oven, dining space or a bar. If you’re worried about your budget, split your list into necessities and extras and make changes as your design and budget take shape.

Just because you have a small outdoor space doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the fun of outdoor entertaining. Outdoor kitchen ideas can be simple with the help of portable and prefabricated products made for outdoor cooking and dining. For storage and counter space, a rolling cart with shelves works great.

For folks with more square footage and cash to spend, the basic setup could include an island with tile counter and drop-in gas grill. Go a little fancier with granite countertops, a refrigerator, and LED lighting.

Outdoor kitchen design with a Pergola-style roof.

For as little as $3,000 up to $50,000, you can have a built-in-place kitchen with integrated appliances including a dishwasher, storage and counter space, extensive lighting, and a pergola-style roof.

Seat Walls – Incorporating seating in the design for your outdoor kitchen is essential. You don’t want anyone feeling left out just because you don’t have any extra seats. Seat walls are perfect for large gathering and they help define the space. If they’re closer to a fire pit, it’s even better! Add some pillows for extra comfort and the ambiance these seats create will definitely place your outdoor kitchen above the rest.

Seat walls provide additional seating when needed.

Add lighting to extend your day into the evenings. Pendant lights hung from eaves and other structures provide unique lighting for decks and patios. Globe-like pendant lights hung from trees provide soft illumination. Hidden “twinkle” lights are all about hanging string lights, and then hiding them away. Install string lights back into trees and shrubs so that they will indeed, twinkle as the breeze blows or people brush past.

Luxury-style custom outdoor kitchen with integrated appliances and lighting.

When it comes to creating that perfect outdoor dream kitchen, this can be your best year yet. With so many kitchen designs and quality products available, you have plenty of choices and can easily turn your outdoor living space into a “staycation” resort. Why not make family memories without ever leaving home?