INSIDE THE OUTDOOR KITCHEN

Outdoor living spaces have become a popular request over the past few years.  More and more, people are moving their engagements outdoors and enjoying the seasons.  The outdoor kitchen has become one of the most popular features of new custom homes built today.

There are many benefits to having an outdoor kitchen, and certainly a few things you want to consider when planning this space.

Designing your outdoor kitchen can be almost as enjoyable as designing your new home.  With all of the design styles and options in the market today you can turn your outdoor kitchen into the centerpiece of your outdoor living space.  Whether your design is under porch or built with a customized pergola or arbor overhead there are a few things to consider when planning your outdoor kitchen.

Decide what components you will need for your design.  Do you want to have access to a grill, gas or charcoal, running water, electricity for a small refrigerator, wine chiller, other bar-top appliances or possibly an outdoor range?  Depending on your year round climate, choose appliances and products tolerable for the weather in your area.

Next, think about your environment.  Are you looking to add an outdoor bar or patio furniture?  Maybe you want to have a customized concrete based seating area close to a central fireplace. Do you hope to have an outdoor fire pit, maybe a kiva-style fireplace also functional as a pizza oven, or a brick surround wood-burning fire box?  Regardless of the style you choose, make sure it is functional and family friendly!

Next, think about your environment.  Are you looking to add an outdoor bar or patio furniture?  Maybe you want to have a customized concrete based seating area close to a central fireplace. Do you hope to have an outdoor fire pit, maybe a kiva-style fireplace also functional as a pizza oven, or a brick surround wood-burning fire box?  Regardless of the style you choose, make sure it is functional and family friendly!

The size of outdoor kitchens and living spaces really depends on you and your needs.  If you are incorporating the design with other outdoor living spaces such as pools or water features, keep this in mind and make sure to plan enough space to comfortably entertain with your family and friends.

Selecting the floor components of your outdoor kitchen can also engage you in some highly creative design.  Some popular selections include brick pavers, scored and stained concrete in many patterns, tile or slate.

Make sure you don’t forget to add the element of soft lighting to compliment your new outdoor living space.  You may choose to incorporate landscape lighting with wired fixtures to help transition the surrounding outdoors with the outdoor kitchen area.

Once you coordinate all of the perfect elements to showcase your custom outdoor kitchen, be sure to select the most comfortable furniture, pair it with a delicious meal and then welcome your family and friends to join you in your new outdoor living space.

For more information about outdoor kitchens and how it applies to your new custom home contact us at AmericasHomePlace.com.

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