Elements of the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen:
Today homes are more than just a place to eat, sleep, and bathe. They have evolved into multi-functional places where we can locate our office, exercise, and entertain. As a society, we’ve begun to place a higher value on our leisure time, so it makes sense that designers are now finding new approaches to everyday living. One of the newest interior design revolutions is actually taking place in the back yard with elegant and comfortable outdoor kitchen and dining rooms.
In the 1950’s families gathered in the backyard around a charcoal barbeque grill. In the 1970’s and 80’s gas grills were placed on decks and patios. Now this outdoor living phenomenon inspired designers to create permanent living areas centered on eating and entertaining. These places can be cozy and intimate or large and expansive. They usually contain a cooking food preparation area and a dinning space. Let’s look at some of the elements that can make up the perfect outdoor kitchen:
Stone of Brick Cooking Counter:
the concept of the outdoor kitchen counter can be taken one step further into an expanded kitchen island. This larger space is design to include a refrigerator, oven, microwave, and a counter style seating area. Bar style stools or chairs can be placed on one or both sides of the counter. Many families prefer this casual approach for everyday dinning.
Natural Stone of Masonry Privacy Walls
These outdoor entertainment centers are actually little rooms. Sometimes the boundaries are marked simply by a patio floor, but stone walls in combination with shrubs and other natural features can also demarcate the room.
a brick or stone fireplace is an ideal focal point. It is often placed across or kitty corner to the food preparation area to encourage people to gather away from the grill. This maximizes the space and encourages an even and comfortable flow during parties and large gatherings. An outdoor fireplace sets the perfect tone, especially for nighttime events.
A pergola, a permanent canopy with open sides, can demarcate an area of the outdoor room. Posts can be set into one or two short brick walls or the posts can be centered into a patio floor. The pergola can designate a dining or cooking area.
Covered Outdoor Room:
if your yard is in a very sunny area and you’d like some shade for your backyard kitchen, consider a pavilion style room with four open walls. The roof and patio floor create the room and a stone counter island and stone fireplace can add exciting elements.
Outdoor Kitchen-dining rooms
can stand alone or be incorporated into a pool or pond setting. Contact us for design ideas and suggestions.
At GoldLeaf Landscape Group, we put in our best to give you the best outdoor kitchen you can think of. Contact us today to get the best outdoor kitchen!