There are a lot of ways you can add value to your home. But if you want to improve your quality of life and have a place where family and friends can gather in comfort, a well-designed and equipped outdoor kitchen could be just what you’re looking for.
As more people entertain at home, an outdoor kitchen is a perfect solution for gatherings, sharing meals, and enjoying the good times. Some can even be designed to be used in different types of weather.
It’s all in how you plan.
A nice thing about having an outdoor kitchen is the ability to customize it to fit your space and best meet your needs. This is more than simply patio furniture and a grill. A well-planned outdoor kitchen can also include plumbing, electricity, refrigeration, storage, lighting, and more.
In addition to bringing the comfort and convenience of an indoor kitchen and dining area to your yard, you can also look at an outdoor kitchen as an extension to your home—a bonus room designed for cooking, entertaining, relaxing, or whatever other activity you can imagine. And when it gets warm, you can move outside instead of running the air conditioning just to cool down the entire house.
You’ll start off with a lot of questions.
What type of cook are you or plan to be? Will you be cooking complete meals outside, or will some of the prep work or side dishes be made inside? How much space do you have available? Are you planning any kind of overhead structure so you can cook outdoors in varying weather?
Have you thought about appliances and what would be considered immediate must-haves, and what are ones you want to keep optional to start with?
The best outdoor kitchens feature built-in appliances that work with your yard’s look as well as your kitchen design.
What appliances are a must-have? Built-in appliances are the best part of an outdoor kitchen. Popular choices include:
It’s not all about cooking. People have to have a place to sit and enjoy the food and each other’s company. Furniture to consider could include:
What materials are going to be featured in the making of your outdoor kitchen? Popular choices are bricks, concrete, or stone, but certain woods can also add a nice touch. You want a good combination of personal aesthetics and durability.
You’re likely going to want to integrate gas, electricity, hot water, and proper drainage into your outdoor kitchen design. Your outdoor landscape designer can help you with this, and help you figure out costs, organize any permits, and find out what inspections will be needed.
Vision Green is ready to help you with your outdoor kitchen dreams. We can assist you with design, installation, and maintenance for any outdoor living environment and patio plans. From the initial design phase to the maintenance after the work is complete, our team will make sure you end up with precisely what you wanted.
Now is the perfect time to design and create the backyard kitchen or other living space of your dreams. The team at Vision Green wants to help. Fill out a form or give us a call today at 704.910.1941, and we can get started right away.