Outdoor Kitchen Layout Tips & Tricks
Do you like to entertain? Or perhaps you just love spending time with family and friends in the backyard. If so, why not consider adding an outdoor kitchen?
OK, that sounds great, but exactly how do you go about getting started?
That’s what we are here to help with. We are going to give you some outdoor kitchen layout tips and tricks so you can have that outdoor kitchen you’ve always dreamed of.
Tips to Consider for Your Indoor and Outdoor Kitchen Elements
Since you will probably be using both your indoor and outdoor kitchens at the same time, the first thing to keep in mind is the distance and ease of flow between the two. Next, think about the different zones you will need. For example, hot, cold, wet, and dry zones (more about zones in a moment) for prepping, cooking, serving, and displaying all your food and drinks. And lastly, think about your seating and table space and the distance they are from the grill and cooking area.
The Various Types of Kitchen Layouts
Now that you have a general overview of the elements you need, it’s time to think about what type of outdoor kitchen layout you might want. So let’s go over a few of the most common outdoor kitchen layouts. This will give you some idea about which one would best fit your needs.
L-Shaped Outdoor Kitchen
The L-shaped outdoor kitchen is popular because it fits well with other outdoor elements such as a home’s exterior walls, fences, etc. It also gives you more counter space and makes it easier to add other features such as a sink, refrigerator, bar, and buffet area, as well as adding extra seating. The L-shaped kitchen is one of the more budget-friendly options and is best when only one cook at a time will be using that space.
U-Shaped Outdoor Kitchen
The U-shaped outdoor kitchen is perfect for larger spaces because a U-shaped freestanding kitchen can accommodate more features. For example, a built-in grill, refrigerator, dishwasher, bar, sink, lighting, and built-ins. Additionally, since it has three sides, there’s more countertop space. And, because there is more space, you can customize it to include just about anything you want. Do you want a full-service bar area? Do you want a beach-theme with a Tiki hut area? The sky is pretty much the limit.
Island Outdoor Kitchen
The island outdoor kitchen is the easiest type to design and install. The island-style outdoor kitchen uses one central space to cluster all the features—the grill, appliances, and, it has four sides making it easier for guest flow and access. However, since the island outdoor kitchen is smaller and more compact, there’s less room for food prep, grilling, and clean-up making it a little challenging when you have a large gathering.
The Best Work Zone Layout for Your Outdoor Kitchen
Now let’s talk about the work zones you might need in your new outdoor kitchen. You will likely want to have separate areas to perform different functions. And, you will want those areas to be as convenient and easy to use as possible. So you might want to consider adding the following zones to your design plans.
Prep Zone – This area should be designed to provide you with a space that fits your prep style. Do you like to spread out? Then you want your prep zone to include long stretches of counter space or perhaps an island bar.
Cooking Zone – This area will house your appliances such as the refrigerator, grill, oven, stovetop, microwave, and any other cooking and kitchen needs you have.
Serving Zone – This area should be designed in a way that makes sense for the type of entertaining you do. Do you prefer a buffet style, restaurant-style, or something else? Regardless, make this area easily accessible and big enough to accommodate plates, bowls, cutlery, drinkware, napkins, and condiments. It should also be close to the seating area so your guests won’t have to travel far with food and drinks in their hands, as well as making it easier for them to get refills.
Entertainment Zone – This space should be a separate area away from the cooking zone so your guests can relax away from the heat of the kitchen and cooking area. You also don’t want your guests to have to deal with bunches of people walking back and forth from the serving area, disrupting their conversations, and blocking their view from whatever entertainment you have provided.
Outdoor Kitchen Features to Consider
Please keep in mind, whatever features you choose have to be able to withstand the outdoor environmental elements. Otherwise, you will have to have to build an enclosed protected structure for them. At Orlando Outdoor Kitchens, we offer weather-proof kitchen cabinets to withstand Florida weather.
Here are some great outdoor kitchen features from which you can choose. Most of these features offer weatherproof styles and textures. Here are a few of your options:
- Televisions and other electronics
- Under-counter storage options
- Fireplace or fire tables
- Full-service bar features
- Custom features such as bamboo, stone, etc.
- Mood lighting
- And more!
If you want more information about turning your backyard into that outdoor paradise you’ve always wanted, contact Orlando Outdoor Kitchens today. Our expert design team will help you get the most for your money while adding value to your home.
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