Outdoor Kitchen LOVE

This season I am designing a couple of patio areas and one that will include a kitchen. This is so exciting because I just love designing kitchens and I have not had the opportunity to design an outdoor kitchen in a few years. Join me as I begin the design process with pertinent questions that I need answered before I begin designing.

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The first question I ask my clients is, where are we putting the kitchen? Some options are under a covered patio or porch, on an open air patio or deck, in a pool house or in a structure adjacent to an outdoor entertaining area. The location impacts the decisions on finishes and products, and should be determined before purchases are made.

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Above, covered patios are wonderful places to create outdoor kitchens because they offer shelter and keep the appliances and finishes looking better longer. I love the idea of creating a nook for the kitchen. Designer tip- proper ventilation is crucial, notice the ventilation above the grill.

The next question is, what will the kitchen consist of? It can be as simple as a  grill, sink and refrigerator to a fully equipped gourmet kitchen with high-end appliances. Tiling behind the grill is always a good idea if it is up against a wall or the house in this case. Built in dishwashers are also a nice function so the dirty dishes are not dragged through the house. Below, a custom structure is created to cover this fully equipped kitchen. The stone tiles are a larger scale enhancing the view of the pattern and organic feel..

Should there be a pergola above the outdoor kitchen? I am a huge fan and love how they bring instant character to the area that they occupy. Below, I would like to introduce you to my dream outdoor kitchen, there is even a brick oven. Aesthetically, I recommend sleek industrial quality appliances in stainless steel coupled with natural materials.

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In a pool house or shed there are more design options you can include. For example, if you have a pool a washer and dryer is a welcomed addition with a ton of wet towels. Additional features like gliding glass doors and transoms add to the design aesthetic. However, I would need my shelves covered LOL.

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Will there be a dining area close to the kitchen? I like to keep a comfortable distance between the kitchen and the dining table in case I am preparing food while my guests arrive. Below, in Greece actual cabinets are incorporated into the design and a mix of painted vintage chairs adds just the right amount of color. Then lighting design, a must for an outdoor kitchen so you can see what you are cooking at night. Well, that’s enough for me to get started designing and now I am ready for my meeting tomorrow. Thanks for joining me today, this was fun. Share your outdoor kitchens with us.

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  • Angela

    One of my “wants” is an outdoor kitchen someday! Love!!~~Angela

  • http://www.facebook.com/cathy.wolfram.1 Cathy Wolfram

    Me to Angela, I think that is why I am having so much fun designing this one :)