As Americans are being forced to spend more and more time at home, they are looking for creative opportunities to spend time outside with their family. One popular solution is to fire up the grill and enjoy an outside cookout. Gone are the days when homeowners are content with a simple gas grill. Now they are requesting fully functional kitchens with all of the best and latest features.
Burgers and hot dogs are out, and full meals are in. From main dishes, to homemade pizza, to all your favorite sides, outdoor kitchens include everything you need for a delicious meal.
As you begin to imagine your new outdoor kitchen, there is a process you need to follow if you want to do it right. The first step is to consider the functionality of the space. What are you planning on cooking? How are you planning on using the space? Questions about the functionality of the space must be considered before any renovation can begin.
The first question you will want to ask yourself is how you will use this space, not just now, but in the future. It’s extremely important to visualize the entire space before starting a project. If you create something now, then decide you want to add to it later, it may be difficult to work the new features into the current space.
Now that you know how you want to use your space, it is time to think about the equipment you want to add. Think of the equipment as the building blocks of your new outdoor space. These will be the items that everything else is designed around. Some of the options for outdoor kitchen equipment include:
There are a variety of designs and styles of grills to choose from. Whether you are simply cooking for your family or you are the honorary head chef of neighborhood gatherings, there is a grill for you. Don’t want to make several trips back and forth to your indoor kitchen? Add some side burners to the layout and cook your entire meal in one place.
Growing in popularity, pizza ovens are a great way to cook up a delicious family treat. Customize your pizza any way you want and serve it up without the delivery fee. Think you have to get a traditional fire burning pizza oven? Not the case! They now have gas countertop options
Eliminate the back and forth trips between the indoor and outdoor kitchen while keeping your perishable ingredients safely chilled until it time to use them. You can also keep all of your beverages cool and ready to go for your guests. Want to get fancy? Add a wine fridge or kegerator to the mix and always be ready to entertain. Worried about the kids? They are also lockable to keep little hands out of trouble.
Storage and prep space is essential to an outdoor kitchen. Keeping items out of the elements until you are ready to use them will keep them clean and conveniently available. Counter space is not only a great prep space, but can double as an additional dining space.
Now that you have chosen your equipment, it is time to start creating the look of your new outdoor kitchen space.
The layout is one of the most important elements of any new space, but can also be one of the most difficult for homeowners. The simple fact is that every inch of space should be utilized efficiently. It is important to get a quality 3D design of your new space that is both to scale and accurate based on the specific area being renovated.
There are a plethora of materials to choose from as you begin the process of designing your new outdoor kitchen. What are the best materials to use for your job? The simple answer is that there is no easy answer. A lot of thought needs to go into the look you are going for, the level of quality you demand, and the price you are willing to pay.
With millions of color combinations to choose from, which selection is right for your project? When choosing the right colors, you will want to consider several factors including the style of your home, the natural surroundings, the latest trends, and, of course, your personal taste.
You have now picked out your equipment and laid out your new living area. You’re not done yet though. If you’re going to be spending any significant time in your outdoor kitchen, there are a variety of options to transform your new space from a simple outdoor kitchen to an outdoor entertainment area.
Technology has come a long way. Instead of lugging your Bluetooth speaker inside and outside all the time, add built-in speakers that not only provide amazing sound, but blend into your surroundings. If video is more you’re style, watch a local sporting event as you’re cooking or set up an outdoor movie night for the kids on a big-screen TV. Or, if the mood hits, dim the lights with the simple push of a button and have a romantic evening.
Let’s be honest, if you are going to spend the money on a new outdoor living space, you want to be able to enjoy it as much as possible. Adding a fire feature to your area will not only add an impressive visual element to your space, it will also add a warmth that will encourage its use on those cool Pittsburgh fall evenings.
When the weather turns even colder, turn on your overhead heating units and enjoy even more comfort in your outdoor oasis.
You don’t need to have a pond, pool or any other body of water to enjoy a nice water feature. Something as simple as adding a pondless waterfall can add the tranquil sound of flowing water to your life. It can also add an element of privacy as you chat late into the night.
Now that you have some ideas in your head of how to transform your plain backyard into a culinary oasis, give the professionals at Pittsburgh Stone & Waterscapes a call to take your dreams and turn them into a reality. From idea, to design, to construction, to enjoyment, we guide you every step of the way.