Cooking Out: Designing the Outdoor Kitchen of Your Dreams

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You may never go inside again

There are days in South Florida when the weather is so perfect, going inside feels like a crime. But once 6 o’clock rolls around and your stomach starts grumbling, as much as you’d prefer not to, you know you’ll have to go in to get some grub.

But what if you didn’t have to? What if there was a way to not only keep food outside but also have the tools and equipment to cook it, beyond the run of the mill portable barbeque grill? This isn’t some crazy notion; this is very much a possibility with a complete outdoor kitchen. Beyond the utility, it can also significantly increase your home’s value – outdoor kitchens have seen a big boost in popularity:

“According to David Lupberger at HomeAdvisor.com (a nationwide resource matching homeowners to prescreened contractors), ‘In the last few years, the demand for outdoor kitchens has skyrocketed.’”

Building your perfect outdoor kitchen

Unless you had your home built to your exact specifications, there were surely a few things you weren’t crazy about, and that may have included the kitchen. Perhaps it’s a little small or old fashioned or doesn’t have the island you always wanted. We’ll, with an outdoor kitchen, you can forget all that; now you have a chance to create something special.

The setup

The first thing you need to figure out is what you want in your outdoor kitchen. Pretty much anything you’ll find in an indoor kitchen can be incorporated into an outdoor version, and the sky is the limit. Islands, sinks, storage, and oven – bring the whole set up outside.

Cooking

The central component of most outdoor kitchens is a grill. Now, you may already have a grill, but we’re not talking about something you roll out when your buddies are coming over. An outdoor kitchen grill is built into brick or stone and will be a permanent fixture. There are also other options, including a traditional range and oven or even a pizza oven.

Storage

If you don’t intend on going inside for a while, you’ll need adequate storage for food, utensils, plates, and everything else. This is why you’ll want to make sure you have enough cabinets, drawers, and of course a fridge and freezer.

Seating

You can certainly keep your amazing new outdoor kitchen all to yourself, but if you want to show it off to your friends or neighbors, you’ll need to have places for them to sit. This is another area where there are tons of choices. You could use patio furniture, an assortment of comfy chairs, weatherproof couches, or perhaps stools in a bar setup. You may also want to have stone benches put in, and if you go that route, you might as well put a cherry on top by having them surround a fire pit.

Once you’ve got your kitchen set up to your liking, you’ll want to keep it protected from uninvited visitors (and we don’t mean your in-laws). Nothing can ruin a fun get-together faster than a swarm of mosquitos. This is where Platinum Mosquito Protection comes in. We can install a misting system that will keep those nasty insects away and let you enjoy your outdoor kitchen for as long as you like.

Get in touch now for a free consultation, either over the phone or on-site.