When trying to decide on the features to transform your garden, outdoor kitchens should be at the top of your list. Taking a traditional interior element like this is sure to benefit your exterior far more than simply boosting its appearance.
Join us as we explore the advantages of an outdoor kitchen, along with the design process to follow.
Reasons to build outdoor kitchens
The garden doesn’t just have to be a place to look good and relax in during the summer. Particularly if you have a small home, maximising on your exterior area will allow you to expand your living space and use it more regularly. If you frequently entertain, then adding an outside kitchen will ensure your gatherings are popular among family and friends.
Not only can they be custom designed to fit your and the exterior’s requirements, but the one-of-a-kind garden feature will often help to increase the value of your home as well.
The design process
If you like the idea of outdoor kitchens, then much like a conventional one, there are a wide variety of formats and specific details to consider at the design stage.
You’ll find it much easier to determine the specific elements you want in the space if you think carefully about how you’ll use it. Entertaining regularly means that the range of features will likely be larger and more similar to that of an interior kitchen. For example, you may select an outdoor fridge, sink, counter space and hobs.
You could also include extras that are ideal for summer parties, such as an ice maker and wine fridge, or perhaps a pizza oven if you make this food frequently. Another idea is a built-in bar, which could easily be incorporated if you have limited space.
The kind of cooking
When planning your exterior kitchen, you should consider the kind of cooking you do, as it will dictate the cooker you need. For example, if you regularly host barbeques, a smoker may be a perfect choice. A stove will be ideal if you require food to be cooked quickly. There’s also the option to integrate warming drawers to prepare plates before tucking in. These can also be used to defrost or melt foods, prove dough, and help to prepare and time meals.
You’ll need to think about the kind of fuel you use too. Charcoal is better for enhancing flavour at barbeques, and mains-fed gas allows you to control the heat with ease. If your home isn’t connected to the grid, then you can use LPG. Electric has its benefits too, such as offering even heat distribution.
When designing outdoor kitchens using gas, charcoal or electric, you need to put safety first. For this reason, it’s a good idea to seek out a registered tradesman so that there aren’t any problems later on.
Think about the materials that will construct the kitchen – they need to be able to endure any outside conditions. While you can purchase countertops made from polished concrete or natural stones like granite and quartz, it’s important to make sure whichever you select has features like fire- and UV-resistance. Opting for a material that’s also resilient to stains can be beneficial – this will make cleaning your exterior kitchen much easier.
You’ll also want to guarantee that it coordinates with your garden as a whole. Perhaps you would prefer it to appear modern and minimalist (metal and concrete would work well). Alternatively, you might opt for a traditional and cottage-style feel (try treated wood and brick).
The location for your exterior kitchen is just as important as the other considerations. Firstly, you should inspect the sunlight (both throughout the day and the year) and sight lines – you wouldn’t want the outside kitchen to obscure these! Secondly, make sure that there is actually enough space to fit it and still allow people to move around safely and with ease.
Of course, you’ll need to take into account how you can ensure the Great British weather doesn’t destroy the kitchen. A cover would be perfect – for example a pergola or permanent gazebo. This will also mean that there will be less cleaning required in the long run.
Transforming your garden
If you’re uncertain about which cover to choose, or any other decision relating to outdoor kitchens, then it’s a good idea to speak to someone who specialises in the area. Here at Dreamscape Gardens, we consult with you so the garden is designed to meet your precise needs.
We have a range of garden design packages available. We’ll present ideas that will suit the exterior and fit the space too. And it’s not just outdoor kitchens we can help with. We can also assist with other features – from laying down artificial grass to displaying a sculpture.
If you’d like us to transform your exterior, get in touch with our team today.