It’s that beautiful time of year where the sun is shining and spirits are high. Summer is one of the best seasons for getting yourself outdoors and enjoying the comfort of your own garden. Whether you throw BBQ’s, Garden Parties or simply spend time playing with the family in the glorious sunshine, it’s great to be able to relax and have fun without having to leave your home! When it comes to summer, many people instantly picture beautiful al fresco dining and tasty barbequed dishes, and it’s becoming more and more popular to incorporate some sort of outdoor kitchen to your home, whether it’s a small space for cooking, or a larger space for both prep, cooking and dining, you can create a beautiful space and really reap the benefits all year around!
First things first, deciding exactly what you want and what will work for you is the best first step. You need to know how much space you will need, what exactly you want to gain from the outdoor kitchen space and how you can make it as practical and functional as possible. Once you know what you want, you can begin to design your dream outdoor kitchen, this is the fun part, as you can be as creative and imaginative as you like, after all its your home!
Many outdoor kitchens are referred to as ‘Summer Kitchens’, however the beauty of an outdoor kitchen is that it’s there 365 days of the year, and whilst summer is by far the best time to host a BBQ or Garden Party, it’s still nice to be able to enjoy your garden and the fresh air on a crisp autumn evening too. As the weather can often be temperamental, we often ourselves enjoying a warm summer evening, with the additional light showers and bursts of rain, which can often be slightly inconvenient when trying to dine alfresco. The perfect solution to this issue is to add some shelter to your outdoor kitchen area, whether you opt for a weatherproof cover or you choose the slightly more expensive option of building a roof for the area, you can create the perfect shelter and enjoy your outdoor dining experience with no interruptions.
With many outdoor kitchens, stainless steel is a very popular choice for appliances. As stainless steel is rust-proof, you can therefore trust that your appliances will stay in good condition throughout the year and look neat and smart. To compliment your appliances, every kitchen needs kitchen units and cupboards to store essential items. Adding the kitchen units and cupboards will enable you to add personal touches to the outdoor kitchen and create a stylish décor that fits in with your homes interiors. You can play around with colours and materials to ensure you create the perfect look for your garden. When it comes to the worktop materials, choosing a style such as marble, or granite, will work really well stay in great condition for years. The appliances you choose to have in your outdoor kitchen should be suited to exactly what you wish to gain from having an outdoor kitchen. For example, if you love hosting BBQ’s then you’ll definitely need to have a barbeque set up, similarly if you have a huge love for pizza, you may find yourself in need of a pizza oven, which is an amazing feature to have in any home. Introducing a small fridge, sink and freezer/cooler is also a very practical, handy idea, as you can store your food and drinks outside and not have to worry about rushing back into your house and through to the kitchen to grab anything forgotten inside.
No outdoor kitchen would be complete without a gorgeous dining space for you and family/friends to sit back, relax and enjoy some tasty food in the comfort of your garden. Your outdoor dining space is another feature that may want to be under cover, so choosing a cover that can be taken down when necessary is a great idea, as this way you can enjoy the sunshine when it’s out, or hide away from any unwanted rain if it decided to fall! Your dining space is where you can really go to town with your creative flare, deciding exactly how you want your space to look and feel. How you design your outdoor dining space will have a large impact on the atmosphere you wish to create. Having a beautiful set up, with tea lights, flowers and bright colours will really capture the summery feel. Similarly, you could go for a softer, reds and oranges theme for autumn, adding to the feel of the season and creating a stylish, personal feel.