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By : Sonia Smith    99 or more times read
If you have a big patio are in your home and you are not sure what you are going to do with it, consider turning it to an outdoor kitchen. An outdoor kitchen is not only beautiful but is also a great way to entertain guests and be with them while you cook. It can be located on a patio or a screened-in porch, courtyard, garden, beach, meadow or any area beyond your back door.

Many new homes nowadays are including outdoor kitchens as part of home landscaping. Outdoor kitchens could be temporary and lit by torches or a permanent installation with built-in grill, major appliances, wood-fired oven and gas hook-ups. When planning for an outdoor kitchen, keep the following items in mind:

  1. Practice good kitchen design, which means that you should have all the necessary kitchen gadgets in close proximity, but spaced out far enough so hot appliances will not interfere with the cold ones. Make sure to give space between the dry food preparation area and the sink.

  2. Gather ideas of outdoor kitchen designs from several books and galleries available. Browse internet sites for things you may not have considered or known to exist to add beauty and style to your outdoor kitchen.

  3. Consider what your needs are such as extra refrigeration space, seating for entertaining guests and size of the grill appropriate for the amount of food you plan to cook.

  4. Take into consideration the elements when planning an outdoor kitchen. If you live near the coast, do not use ceramic tile on the countertop since they will crack and freeze during winter. Remember, in an outdoor kitchen, low-maintenance is vital. Stainless steel is a perfect choice since it is resistant to grease, corrosion and temperature changes.

  5. You have to get the utilities first such as electric, gas and water supply. Furthermore, this has to be taken into consideration when planning to add an entertainment equipment such as a stereo or television outside. Make sure to check out your zoning area's requirements for an outdoor kitchen addition.

  6. Plan for rain and make certain that your design include some kind of weather protected seating area. Make sure that it is made of non-combustible material if it is near the cooking area. You may also consider area heaters for cooler nights so your guests will stay comfortable.

  7. Consider your outside kitchen as an extension of your inside kitchen. Since you will have to go back and forth between the two during a cook-out or get-together, make certain that you have a clear path from your outside kitchen to your inside kitchen.

  8. Decide if you are going to hire someone to do your outdoor kitchen or do-it-yourself. If you are not comfortable of doing it on your own, there are several landscape contractors and others specializing in helping you build your dream outdoor kitchen.

These essential tips should be able to help you plan the outdoor kitchen of your dreams and will guarantee many years of delicious outside cooking and entertaining.
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