When scrolling through Pinterest and Instagram looking for design inspiration for your outdoor kitchen, you will come across some extravagant, over-the-top options.
While those are great if you can afford them, there are plenty of options if your budget is less than unlimited. With outdoor kitchens, like with anything else, you can go with the basics or go all out.
Let’s take a look at options for designing an outdoor kitchen, no matter what your budget is.
The Perfect Outdoor Kitchen Grill
A must-have for any outdoor kitchen is a grill. Outdoor grills have come a long way from the simple charcoal grills that used to be the standard. There are now grills for any budget and can be designed to match the aesthetic of your outdoor space.
Here are a couple of options based on how much you can spend:
You can get standard, free-standing with as few as two burners or a larger model with 6-8 burners. These grills run on propane and are easy to operate and care for.
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Built-in grills give you a lot of options. You can find grills that run on propane and natural gas, and some come with a rotisserie option for more cooking versatility. You can include these with your built-in storage and counter space.
If you want to design a space that wows, you can go beyond a grill and install multiple cooking appliances. In addition to a standard grill, a wood-fired pizza oven and smoker combination is a versatile option. The ovens can quickly reach temperatures as high as 1,000 degrees and aren’t just for pizza.
You can cook bread, sear vegetables and of course, smoke meat. These come in many styles and are sure to be the centerpiece of your outdoor kitchen.
Outdoor Kitchen Storage
To maximize the functionality of your outdoor kitchen, you should also include storage. Your needs will depend on how much you want to keep outside, as well as your budget.
For a simple, cost-effective storage option, you can purchase a roll-away bar cart to keep your grilling utensils organized and easy to reach.
To go along with your built-in grill, you can create a workspace consisting of outdoor cabinets and counter space. It doesn’t have to be a huge space, just large enough to be functional.
Outdoor cabinets plus an outdoor refrigerator give you enough space to store outdoor dishes and serving ware and drinks cool. Having this space makes it possible to keep all of your outdoor cooking and entertaining necessities handy.
Seating for your Outdoor Space
You’ll want a place to sit and enjoy your outdoor meal. The good news is there are seating options for all price points.
A simple table and chairs create an inviting space that gives you enough space to enjoy your company and a meal outdoors.
Including a large outdoor dining table similar to one you would have in your indoor dining room will transform your space and be your family’s favorite place to enjoy a meal.
You should include a large outdoor dining table to enjoy your meal and also an outdoor sofa set to lounge on after dinner to wind down and relax on.
If you’re still in the planning stages of your outdoor kitchen, we can help. We work with all budgets and have so many more ideas for making a unique yet functional space. Give us a call to get started.