If you are the type of person who loves to entertain and host parties, a BBQ island with a built in grill and outdoor sink would be the ideal project for you and your home. When the weather is nice, one of the best ways to spend time outdoors is cooking in your backyard on one of the BBQ islands or out on the patio or the deck.
Designing an outdoor kitchen can seem like a lot of work at first, but once you plan everything out, it’s really just about piecing it all together. First, you’ll have to decide which kind of outdoor kitchen fits you and your lifestyle best based on your cooking style. If you are into barbequing, then you will want to focus on a built in grill for your BBQ islands. This is important because if you are strictly into just the grilling aspect of outdoor kitchens, and you still like to entertain indoors and eat indoors, then you can forgo the outdoor dining and lounging equipment and just spend on the built in grill BBQ islands. You’ll have to decide how many of the typical indoor kitchen features you will want to build outside, since you could probably do without some. For example,outdoor sinks could be convenient for you if you are cooking outside often, but if you aren’t interested in installing outdoor sinks, then you could just use the outdoor kitchen strictly for cooking and leave all the outdoor sinks duties for only indoors. But remember, outdoor sinks make life much easier so you can do things like rinse food and add water to sauces outside. But you’ll also have to be sure to find built in grills & outdoor sinks that adheres to local building codes.
Now let’s discuss the design if you do enjoy entertaining outside. This opens up a lot more options for your outdoor kitchen. If this sounds like you, it makes sense to design outdoor kitchens that are as welcoming and inviting as your indoor kitchen, with a mix of designated food-prep and hangout areas. You may want to consider an outdoor fireplace for the daytime parties that turn into chilly night time parties. An outdoor fireplace is a great addition for the area designated for lounging. An outdoor fireplace is especially wonderful during nighttime and winter times. Imagine sitting back with friends and family keeping warm under the stars while roasting some marshmallows over your fireplace flames. This area with an outdoor fireplace could also have a dining table, all-weather sofa and some comfy chairs to make it feel just as comfortable as the inside of your home. How big you will make these areas will also depend on how many people you prefer to entertain. You won’t have to invest in big and elaborate pieces of outdoor kitchens furniture if you prefer just having over just a couple of your favorite friends.
The third thing to think about is the kind of activities you will be partaking in with your outdoor kitchen. For example, if you have a swimming pool, you will want to make your built in grill islands and BBQ islands compatible with that (as well as your outdoor fireplace). If you have young children that you don’t want playing too close to the water’s edge, then it might be a good idea to keep all lounging areas far enough away from the water’s edge as possible.
You’ll want to take all these factors into account when planning your outdoor kitchen with BBQ islands, built in grills, outdoor fireplace and outdoor sinks. The planning is the first and most crucial step of the outdoor kitchens planning, but once you have this step all figured out; all you have to do is build the outdoor kitchen to make it an outdoor kitchens reality.