Have you decided that 2020 is going to be the year you finally create the perfect outdoor kitchen that is perfect for entertaining and allows you to maximize the use of your yard? If so, you aren’t alone, as outdoor kitchens are an incredibly popular feature to add to a yard. Because of that, you’ll find no shortage of design inspiration and ideas, which can have you anxious to get started. But before you do, here are a few things you may want to consider as you work on your design plan.
Do You Need a Specific Fridge?
Most people would agree that having a steady supply of cold beverages on-hand outdoors is a must-have in the hot summer months, which means an outdoor fridge is necessary. But can you put just any old fridge outside? While there is nothing to stop you from doing so, experts warn this isn’t wise. If the fridge isn’t meant to handle the outdoor elements, it may not last long, and it may not be able to provide you with consistent temperatures. Ideally, you want to invest in a fridge that is specifically for outdoor use.
Your other option is to have a fridge in your garage if it’s accessible to the yard. This means you won’t have to keep going in and out of the house, so it can be more convenient. Not only that but you can designate it as a beverage fridge only if you choose.
Maybe you’ve got an older fridge in the house right now, so why not move that to the garage and invest in a new one for the house. You can always purchase replacement parts for older fridges, so you get them looking good as new. Top brands like Kitchenaid and Maytag can last for many years once you order replacement parts.
How Big of a Grilling Station Do You Really Need?
One of the staples of an outdoor kitchen is a fully-stocked grilling station. This is where the “magic” happens, and where the kitchen truly comes to life. With that said, it can be pretty easy to get carried away on this part of the design. It’s easy to convince yourself that you need the largest grilling station with the most professional looking equipment. But is that really necessary?
A few things to ask yourself include how many people will you be cooking for on a typical basis, what type of grilling do you like best, how often will you be grilling, what’s your skill level, how much maintenance and clean-up do you want, and of course – what’s your budget?
The Seating Space Should be the Focal Point
When it comes to the area that should get the most attention and space, most would agree that the seating space should be the focal point. What that means is that you want to provide more than enough space for a table and chairs, possibly an umbrella for shade, and have it close to the grilling station. You don’t want to create the area just to find out after all is said and done that you should have gone bigger.
The Perfect Outdoor Kitchen
By keeping these factors in mind, you’ll be able to create the perfect outdoor kitchen.