Outdoor entertaining is more popular than ever and with it comes the trend for high-end outdoor kitchens. Making the most of your outdoor space means bringing the indoors out so you can spend your entire summer al fresco. Here we look at backyard kitchen ideas to create an idyllic outdoor oasis.
Ultimate Entertaining Hub
Once the warm weather hits, you want to take your parties outside. That means your modular outdoor kitchens should center around creating an entertainment hub. Consider all the things that contribute to gatherings including a larger countertop to accommodate several barstools. This allows you to keep the conversation going so you can cook and serve guests without feeling left out. The outdoor kitchen bar makes entertaining a breeze and smaller dinner parties more intimate. Think durable stone countertops and shelter from the rain, so a little shower doesn’t force the party indoors.
Fridge drawers are all the rage as they allow you to stop running back and forth from your indoor kitchen to your outdoor guests. You can keep your drinks chilled and within easy reach, but also stock the fridge with whatever you need for your meal. Another hot item is the bar or wine fridge to make it easier for guests to enjoy beverages. Don’t forget a freezer stocked with popsicles and ice cream for the kids!
Sinks for Clean Up
Consider a full-sized sink complete with hot and cold running water to make it easier for clean-up. Installing a small water heater is the ultimate outdoor kitchen amenity, and you might even consider getting very indulgent with an outdoor dishwasher!
Pizza Ovens are Heating Up
Expand your outdoor dining menu options with a wood-burning pizza oven. This is a major luxury and big-ticket item. However, if budget allows nothing is more enticing than the smell of authentic pizza baking. Your wood-burning oven can be used to create a long list of food items, not just pizza so it really is worth the investment.
Storage and More Storage
If you’re moving the indoors out, you’ll need plenty of storage. When planning your counter space, consider adding ample storage below with lockable cupboards for all kinds of items from a blender to glasses and dishes.
High-End Cooking Appliances
An on-trend outdoor barbecue kitchen doesn’t depend on a standard grill for cooking. Instead, think high-end grills and power burners suited to prepare food for larger crowds with better results. A cook’s dream kitchen includes all the latest appliances including rotisseries, smokers, and stovetops so you have everything you need to impress guests with your cooking skills.
High Tech Lighting
Entertaining outside should easily transition from day to night. Interior cabinet lighting, lights above your cooking area, and more subtle lighting over your bar area all make it easier to entertain. Outdoor pendant lighting adds a contemporary edge to your bar, while under counter lights add drama. Set the mood with colour-changing LEDs and don’t forget to include lighting on steps and pathways.
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