During winter, the last thing on your mind is probably your outdoor living space. But the truth is, now is the ideal time to start planning improvement and construction projects so they will be completed in time for you to enjoy your backyard when the weather warms up.
An outdoor kitchen takes things a step beyond the backyard BBQ and should be as functional as an indoor kitchen, allowing you to cook, eat and entertain in your beautiful outdoor space. Is an outdoor kitchen on your wish list? Here are a few of our favorite outdoor kitchen essentials.
Pergola — A pergola provides a light, airy and inviting space with some shade and the flexibility to add more shade with a lattice and climbing vines. It can be freestanding, eliminating the need to make complicated connections between your home and roof.
Built-in cabinets — A kitchen isn’t a kitchen without cabinets and counter space. Choose your stone to complement your home’s exterior with plenty of room to house all the necessary kitchen amenities.
Stainless steel appliances — Stainless steel appliances are ideal for all weather conditions, very durable and low-maintenance.
Full-size sink — A small sink offers limited use for quick hand rinses, but a full-size sink will allow you to clean up your cooking mess outdoors, rather than carrying the mess to your indoor kitchen.
Ambiance — Outfitting your kitchen with the right stone cabinets and appliances is important, but don’t forget the final touches like plenty of seating, decorative items and specialty lighting. Be sure to choose durable furniture pieces with comfortable outdoor cushions, a large table and light fixtures to create just the right environment for your outdoor dining experience.
Designing a fully loaded outdoor kitchen requires time to plan, may require permitting from the city and is best left to a professional, such as a landscape designer. Call the outdoor kitchen experts at Keane Landscaping to get started planning your outdoor living space today.