Going “Out” for Dinner
Where is the best spot in town for dining out? With proper planning it could be right in your backyard. An outdoor kitchen allows the cook to enjoy the backyard as well as time with family and friends while preparing a meal. With so many amenities available there is no reason to go inside.
The hearth is the heart of any kitchen and outdoors that means having a great grill. Built-in grills come in a variety of sizes that can run on gas or propane and even be connected to an existing home supply line ensuring that it never runs low on fuel. These grills often include features such as rotisseries, side burners and warming drawers so that the main dish, sauce and sides are all hot when they reach the table. Those with more exotic tastes may consider adding a smoker, wok burner or clay pizza oven.
Keeping cool is easy too with the installation of an outdoor refrigerator. It prevents salads from spoiling in the sun and ensures there is always a cold beverage close at hand. Icemakers are also available as outdoor-rated units and, along with conveniently located electric outlets, make it possible to mix frozen drinks outdoors using the household blender.
Running water is another outdoor kitchen essential. Including a sink in your outdoor kitchen provides fresh water for drinking or food preparation and makes cleaning up even easier. Outdoor waterlines simply need to be drained for the winter and plumbing can be easily accessed with cabinet doors. These can also offer solutions for the storage of grilling utensils, picnic china and trash receptacles.
Any numbers of materials are suitable for outdoor kitchens and the choice allows for personalization. Cabinets can be faced with a variety of materials from stucco and stone to tropical hardwoods, while if properly sealed, granite, tile and bluestone all offer durable countertops. Extending the backsplash of the counter can create high bar seating that creates a more casual spot to have drinks and socialize.
Adding a roof to the space allows for extended usage on an outdoor kitchen. With a solid roof one can enjoy grilling no matter the weather while amenities such as ceiling fans or propane heaters can also adjust the temperature so it is comfortable throughout the season. Overhead structures offer a place to mount these as well as lighting fixtures and speakers that provide ambiance.
Build an outdoor kitchen and you could be going “out” for dinner every night this season.