7 Tips to Create the Outdoor Kitchen Experience of your Dreams

Are you thinking about creating an outdoor kitchen experience like no other? Maybe you just started your research and found a ton of inspirational ideas and you don’t know where to start. Before you make that purchase on that grill or furniture set there are a few things to consider to create a functional, stylish and comfortable outdoor kitchen space. Let’s dive right in!

  1. Location: Choose a location for your outdoor kitchen that is convenient and easily accessible from your home, you never know when you might need something and going back and forth can ruin the entire experience. A recent NKBA trend shows that the outdoor kitchen is now becoming an extension of the indoor kitchen. Could you create something right nears your indoor kitchen? Think about how you would entertain your family and friends. Also consider factors such as sunlight, shade, wind, and privacy.
  2. The Equipment: There are a ton of outdoor kitchen equipment available on the market. Think about how you love to cook. Your outdoor kitchen can become extreme or simple. Will you want a freestanding or built-in flame grill, a flat top grill, a pizza oven, a refrigerator, a sink, side burners, the list goes on and on. Take your time and research the possibilities. Need help? I know a few people. Need some more inspirational ideas? Lynx has a online gallery, Click Here.
  3. Lighting: Good lighting is crucial in an outdoor kitchen. Especially when entertaining. Don’t forget to plan these into the design. Why not have the option to entertaining day and night. TIP: Choose fixtures that are weather-resistant and can be used in damp conditions.
  4. Entertainment: Consider extending your sound system to the outdoors. Leverage outdoor speakers or decorative style speakers. Outdoor TVs are available too. Make your outdoor experience comfortable and relaxing so no matter the situation, you are set up to party, watch the big game or chill.
  5. Space and Layout: Once you have your cooking equipment figured out, determine the size and layout of your outdoor kitchen, do you need to scale back or go bigger? How much backyard do you really need? Also make sure to allow enough space for preparing food, having storage, cleaning areas for trash and dirty utensils and last, seating, will you need a firepit, heating lamps etc.
  6. Seating: Think about how you will want to entertain or relax. Comfortable seating is always a must. Consider a dining table, bar stools, or outdoor lounge furniture. Yardbird has an incredible selection of outdoor products to choose from.
  7. Weatherproofing: Protecting your outdoor kitchen from the elements such as rain, wind, and extreme temperatures is something to consider when thinking about your design. Consider weatherproof cabinetry and countertops. Maybe even think about designing a gazebo or a covered structure, it will help to ensure your outdoor kitchen lasts for years.

These are just a few ideas to consider, I want to hear from you, what other ideas should we consider when designing the outdoor kitchen experience? Comment below.


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