What are the Best Outdoor Kitchen Design Tips?

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    Outdoor kitchen design tips are invaluable when planning to construct a space that enhances your overall experience with your outdoor living space. Whether you want to relax in a comfortable outdoor space that is uniquely yours and your family’s or create an area where you can host lively and engaging social gatherings, there are some specific design considerations that can help make your outdoor kitchen more functional and highly visually appealing. Let’s take a look at some of the best outdoor kitchen design tips.

    Location Matters

    The location of your outdoor kitchen is pivotal both for its functionality as well as its convenience. Ideally, it should be in close proximity to your house. This not only gives you easy access to your indoor kitchen, for supplies and supplemental cooking but also provides a seamless connection between the indoor and outdoor spaces.

    Additionally, when picking out the location, consider how the seasonal elements may impact it. Your outdoor kitchen should have some protection from the outdoor sun and wind, such as a high-quality pergola. Not only will this make cooking much more comfortable, but it will help prolong the lifespan of the various outdoor kitchen appliances and furniture by reducing damage and degradation from the elements.

    Intended Uses and Features

    One of the biggest considerations you’ll need to make before any design choices are made is how you’re going to use the space, primarily. Is this going to be the place where you prepare gourmet meals for you and your family each week for most of the year, or is this going to be a space for primarily entertaining guests or clients? How you answer this is going to have a massive impact on the overall design and flow of your space, as well as the components incorporated.

    For example, a homeowner with simple cooking needs and a penchant for craft cocktails should consider adding cocktail wells or additional storage and ice capacity. Think about your need for outlets, not only for things like blenders, ice machines, and slow-cookers, but for things like televisions, and keeping digital devices charged.

    Counter Considerations

    Your counter design is going to play a very important role in your outdoor kitchen design as well. Balancing counter height with bar height can help maximize space. If you’re incorporating a large grill or smoker, make sure there is at least 24 inches of space to either side, for plates, utensils, and seasoning. Don’t forget about texture, either. Honed or brushed finishes on stone counters hide pollen and dust easier than on glossy surfaces. If you want a counter overhang from the bar, keep it to 10 inches or less, or plan to integrate additional supports.

    Partner With High Prairie Outdoors To Create The Ideal Outdoor Kitchen Space

    Incorporating these outdoor kitchen design tips can transform your exterior space into an outdoor culinary escape. Creating an outdoor kitchen that is both functional and beautiful requires careful planning and expert design. Every detail matters, from the location to having the perfect features included. Remember, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for outdoor kitchens, it should reflect your unique lifestyle, preferences, and vision.

    If you think you may be ready to start designing the outdoor cooking space of your dreams, High Prairie Outdoors is here to help you turn those dreams into a reality. Our local experts are ready to help guide you every step of the way, ensuring you reach a design that aligns with not only your core needs but your creative vision as well. Reach out today to get started.

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    About The Author

    Robyn is a 2009 Graduate of the Kansas State University Department of Horticulture. She grew up in South East Kansas where she graduated from Humboldt High School. She was a Kansas State University Leadership Scholar and President of the Horticulture Club. She married Bret in 2009 and they have a daughter Ellie, born in 2021. Their family is completed by three adopted dogs.

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