Creating a floor plan and style is truly the starting point of any outdoor kitchen remodeling project. The Texas Gulf Coast weather extends the time period in which you can use an outdoor living space. When we work with clients on designing their outdoor kitchen, we take into all of these factors to design a floor plan that will act as the foundation of your new entertaining area. Flooring decisions will be made at this time, like tile or marble are not the best choices for areas that surround pool due to the slick surfaces when wet and will not hold up to grease or food stains. We also take a look at the type of entertaining you will be doing, if small children will be using the space so we can incorporate safety features, and the amount of intense sun exposure the area receives. All of these factors are discussed in this first step of your outdoor kitchen planning stage to ensure a living area that will last for many years to come.
The location of your outdoor kitchen is determined by many factors. Determining the general direction of grill or smoker smoke based on wind patterns in your yard can be a huge factor when determining the location of your outdoor kitchen. Foot traffic to get to your outdoor kitchen and entertaining area need to be considered as to reduce wear on landscaping and grass. Take into consideration the path of the sun so that you are not fighting sunlight in the evening hours when most entertaining takes place. And also the view, either from your kitchen inside or of landscape from your outdoor kitchen will determine the location of the outdoor kitchen. Our professional outdoor kitchen designer will not only design the right kitchen for you, they can offer valuable advice about the ideal location of the kitchen and how it will work with the other elements of the yard.
One of the first questions our professional outdoor kitchen designer is going to ask is what size appliances and which appliances you would like to have in your outdoor living space. Do you want a full kitchen to include a refrigerator/freezer, stove with oven vs. cook top, grill only vs. grill/smoker/griddle, dishwasher, or wine chiller? Once the number and which components will be used, we will then begin to create a design plan based on your budget that will allow room for appliances and living areas. Appliances will also determine counter sizes, heights and materials. Typically we like to include a traditional 36″ high counter that is perfect for prep work and cooking, 30″ counters for sitting and eating, and 42″ high bar counters for standing or bar stool sitting areas.
Just like most homes, outdoor kitchens need more storage areas. When prepping meals outdoors, you might not have the luxuries that you will find in your indoor kitchen. Your outdoor kitchen needs places to store items that will only be used outside. These areas need to be waterproof and able to withstand the weather conditions of the harsh Texas summer heat. Countertops and cabinets are designed to provide space and keep away clutter. For a customized look, coordinate your flooring, countertops and cabinets, just like you would with your indoor kitchen. Visualizing how your outdoor kitchen will be used once it’s complete will help with your decision-making process. Pro tip: Choosing easy to clean and waterproof counters and cabinets will be beneficial in the long run. Concrete counters are resilient, smooth and easy to maintain and a very cost effective alternative to granite.
Many outdoor kitchens include a grill/smoker (gas or charcoal), a sink, and a refrigerator. Some kitchens may include specialty items like a beer tap, smokers, hibachi grills and wine chillers. Purchase appliances that will resist both rain and sun. Stainless steel or ceramic appliances are durable and work great in all weather conditions. Remember when selecting your outdoor kitchen sink, it must be attached to an water hose, or it will need to be connected to the main water supply of the house. Our plumbing and electrical professionals will connect all of your appliances to maintain safety and quality integrity to enable you to enjoy your outdoor kitchen for many years to come.
Your outdoor kitchen will serve as a place to enjoy eating in the great outdoors, entertaining friends and family, and providing an outdoor oasis for your family. Make sure you incorporate features that really make this space YOURS. You can add chairs, tables, decorations, but don’t forget the lighting. Lighting that reflects your personality. A water feature can add additional ambiance to your outdoor kitchen. Adding electronic features such as home automation, surround sound, and televisions can create that personal touch that reflects your personality.
Texas summer’s can be brutally hot! In addition, we have a pretty intense wet season that can prohibit homeowners from en joying outdoor living areas. An easy way to extend the use of your outdoor kitchen it to build a roof, pergola, or fixed covering over your living area to protect your area from the weather. Additional features such as ceiling fans or mister sprays can cool the area during the summer months. Mosquito systems are another added feature that can protect against those pesky nuisances. Heat lamps, fire pits, and even a fireplace are great features to warm up the area in winter months.
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