Who doesn’t love to fire up the grill on a warm summer’s night and relax on the patio or deck for an evening meal al fresco? Enjoying an outdoor meal is a summer staple, but moving all of your food and fixings from kitchen to deck can be a real hassle. So, why not create a backyard kitchen to make the entire job less of a chore? 

What Kind of Outdoor Kitchen Do You Dream of?

Have you ever really thought about your dream kitchen? No, not the one inside of your home, the one you’ve always wanted to build outside. You’ve scoured the magazines, and you’ve drooled over the ones created on those home improvement shows. Now it’s your turn. With a little planning, you can make those dreams a reality before the summer season gets into full swing.

But first, you have to think about the kind of outdoor kitchen you really want. Do you want a large open kitchen designed to impress, or will a smaller backyard kitchen fit your needs better?  Maybe you’ve always wanted a chef’s kitchen right outside of your back door. Or perhaps an airy rooftop kitchen would fit your lifestyle and space limitations better. Whether you are looking at a more formal or casual space, roomy or cozy one, modern, or rustic, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you get the kitchen you want. To figure out what’s best, ask yourself these important questions:

  • What style outdoor kitchen do I really want?
  • How will this new living space be used?
  • How much space do I have?
  • What is my budget?

Once you have narrowed your style choices, you’ll be able to better design the kind of outdoor living space that will get used – and enjoyed – no matter what the season.

Choosing the Basics

Style is important, but don’t forget about the kind of elements that are going to make your new cooking space, both practical and fun. If you grill a lot, then you may want to include a top-of-the-line eight burner grill – or maybe several grills!

If you entertain a lot, you will want to consider seating carefully, adding plenty of table space, as well as built-in seats for extra guests.

Once you have narrowed your style choices, you’ll be able to better design the kind of outdoor living space that will get used – and enjoyed – no matter what the season.

What about a bar? Is that something that is important to you? If so, you will have to think about the size, shape and style for the bar. If you plan to let it double as an eating area, you may want to opt for a sturdier wood or natural stone top that is easier to clean and offers the kind of space you will need. If, however, you simply want a place to mix drinks, building smaller, more rustic bar out of pallets may be more to your liking.

Having Fun with the Special Amenities

Once you have selected the basics for cooking and drinking, you will want to think about some of those extra-special amenities that will make your space stand out. A wood-fired pizza oven is always a big hit and can be a practical addition to any outdoor eating space.

Families may want a fire pit to allow for over the coals cooking and late-night s’more making.

When designing your new outdoor living space, be sure to consider these important factors:

  • Space: Consider how your new space will be used when designing it. If you have a large family or expect to welcome a lot of guests, be sure there is enough room to comfortably seat them all.
  • Layout: your backyard kitchen is going to get a lot of use, so be sure it is laid out in a way that makes cooking and serving as easy as possible.
  • Storage: be sure to include enough drawers and cupboards to keep your new kitchen neat and tidy and allow you a place to keep all of the essentials.

When it comes to outdoor kitchen design, you really can have anything you want these days. Our expert staff is ready to help you create the perfect home. Contact Hannah Custom Homes & Remodeling today to get started.