Outdoor Kitchen Design | Factors to consider

Outdoor Kitchen Design- small space

Outdoor Kitchen Design | Factors to consider

We specialise in outdoor kitchen design and construction and will get the most out of your outdoor area, but understanding what you want out of your kitchen is an important part of the process. Here are some things to think about to help you to decide how to design your kitchen…

How many people will you cater for?

When it comes to outdoor kitchen design it’s best to start with the number of people in your family and then add on extended family and friends to get a rough idea of how many people you’ll have over for a BBQ or special occasion. There’s no point in getting a huge BBQ if you’ll only be cooking for four or five people.  We can fit BBQs of all shapes and sizes.

Outdoor Kitchen Design - small space

For this project we built a simple, space effective BBQ area with polished concrete worktops and a single bowl sink.

If you’ve got the space and plan on catering for lots of people we can build a kitchen with a bit more workspace, a bigger BBQ, a rangehood and maybe a beer tap or two.

Outdoor Kitchen Design - large space
What will you be cooking?

It’s always a good idea to think about what you’ll cook in your kitchen. Grilled pizzas have become rather popular so you might want to consider getting a BBQ that has a grill if you’re keen on cooking pizzas. Alternatively, there’s not much point in getting a pizza extension or grill if you prefer takeaway pizza.  We install charcoal, gas and electric cookers/BBQs. The only thing to consider when deciding which BBQ is best for you is convenience. There’s not a huge difference in the taste of the food you’re cooking, except for a slight smokey flavour you may get from a charcoal BBQ and of course gas is much quicker to start up!

Will you use a side burner?

Side burners are also becoming a popular extension to BBQs, but not everyone is sure of its benefits. Also known as a ‘wok burner’ this feature can be very useful if you want to avoid moving in and out of the house during your BBQ. You can boil potatoes, prepare a sauce or fry up some vegetables to compliment your BBQ’d meat using a side burner. It’s handy and doesn’t take up much space.

Do you drink beer?

It may seem like a silly question but if your friends and family aren’t big beer drinkers you can rule out a beer tap system in your kitchen and perhaps just go for a standard bar fridge for wines and cold drinks. Of course if you are beer drinkers we can fit a beer tap/keg system in your kitchen turning your outdoor area into the perfect entertainment area.

Outdoor Kitchen Design - beer taps

What will you store outside?

This all comes down to personal preference. If you like to use fine china when guests come over, storing it outside may not be the best idea. Ask yourself what you need to store in your kitchen. Think – BBQ and surface cleaner, dishwashing liquid, paper plates, pots and pans, cutlery etc. This will help you decide if and how many drawers and cabinets you’ll need.

Outdoor Kitchen Design - cabinets and drawers

What space do you have?

We’ll help you get the most out of your space. All you need to do is decide where you want it and we’ll help you build a kitchen that not only looks good but is functional and suits your needs.

Another thing to think about is what style or materials you would want in your kitchen. Visit our blog next week to read our post on the materials we use in our kitchens.

Check out our Houzz page for more outdoor kitchen design ideas or contact us here

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