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Tips For Creating A Chef-Worthy Outdoor Kitchen

If you have a large patio, you probably enjoy entertaining and dining al fresco. However, preparing food indoors and having to drag it outdoors may be decreasing some of your enjoyment. Instead, transform your outdoor cooking area into a kitchen capable of handling any type of meal preparation.

Include Necessary Amenities

The point of designing an outdoor kitchen is to make the most of your work time. Therefore, your first priority should be installing the necessary amenities, such as a sink. Additionally, add a refrigerator to facilitate both food preparation and entertaining. Better Homes and Gardens suggests selecting a miniature refrigerator to save on space since you probably only need to store enough food for one meal.

Install Granite Countertops

Work space is a premium in any kitchen, including your outdoor one. When you're designing the layout of the kitchen, ensure you have plenty of countertop space. An outdoor kitchen does present an additional challenge in that it's open to the elements. That's why it's important to select a durable material such as granite for the construction. Granite countertops are almost maintenance free. They provide an attractive profile, yet they're resilient enough to withstand the vagaries of the weather.

Add Specialized Appliances

In addition to providing an alternative space for food preparation, an outdoor kitchen can augment your indoor cooking as well. The obvious appliance addition is a grill. However, consider adding a rotisserie to the grill. Likewise, if space permits, a pizza oven is a useful addition. Not only can you use the oven whenever you want pizza, it can provide warmth on chilly days.

Plan for Privacy

Cooking can be a messy business, and you may not want your work station clearly visible to guests. For that reason, consider adding a privacy wall between the cook station and dining area. In fact, if you like to grill any time of year, it makes sense to have a shelter such as a pergola built over the cook station. Such a structure gives you a little privacy and protection no matter the weather.

Plant a Container Garden

Food just tastes better outdoors sometimes. To enhance the appeal of dining al fresco, utilize the freshest ingredients – those you just picked from your container garden. The easiest option is to plant your favorite herbs in containers near the cook station. However, lettuce plants, tomatoes and even peppers can be grown in planters. A container garden has the added appeal of decorating your outdoor kitchen.

Design an outdoor kitchen that complements your dining and entertaining style with amenities such as granite countertops, a pizza oven and a container garden. For more information about kitchen remodeling, contact a business such as All Marble Granite & Tile Imports Inc.