Cabinetry and Storage
Unless you want to be going indoors every few minutes, having enough storage space is an essential element of every outdoor kitchen. Cabinets and drawers could be placed appropriately so that you have easy access to grilling accessories, utensils or cookware. Besides the items you will need for cooking, extra storage space can also hold snacks, soft drinks, paper towels, plastic cups and anything else you will need for entertaining guests.
These storage amenities must also be designed to withstand harsh weather conditions and damage from the elements. For example, marine-grade polymers, wood and stainless steel are great options for materials to use.
Though this isn’t absolutely essential, it’s nice to have a cold beer or a fresh salad straight from your outdoor kitchen. If you are grilling burgers and hotdogs, you might want condiments such as ketchup, mustard and mayo to stay cool and be easily accessible.
Depending on how many meals you plan to cook outdoors or how many fresh ingredients you will need at a time, you can choose whether to have an under-counter, door, or drawer fridge. Having extra fridge space in your home, whether it’s indoors or outdoors can be a huge benefit and can be very useful when planning outdoor meals.
Island or prep surface
When incorporating an island into your outdoor kitchen, consider the location and size for prep-surface areas and countertops. These spaces accommodate your grilling, cooking and meal-prep needs so that you don’t have to use the dining area for meal-prep. It is also very important to use materials that are mold-resistant and weatherproof for your countertops. Some viable options are natural stone, concrete or stainless steel, depending on the style and
Whether you are cooking for your family or planning a fancy dinner party, having proper lighting is important for your outdoor kitchen. This lighting needs to be appropriately placed with dimmer switches to control the right level of brightness for you and your guest’s convenience. Ensuring that cooking and grilling areas are well lit is crucial as you don’t want to end up undercooking your food!
The lights in your outdoor kitchen can also be adjusted to set the mood and ambiance for the area you are entertaining in. Entertaining is all about the experience and feelings your guests are having and you will need the atmosphere to reflect the delicious foods you will be serving them.