Considerations when designing your Outdoor Kitchen

Category: Design Features, Tips
Date: December 2, 2021

These days, more and more homeowners in Australia are adding outdoor kitchens to their properties, and it doesn’t come as a surprise. After all, outdoor kitchens, apart from providing outdoor spaces for entertaining guests, also take property prices several notches higher.

So, if you’ve got thoughts of your own on creating your outdoor kitchen, let this blog help you out. Read on to know some of the most effective tips for building an outdoor kitchen that amazes and inspires.

1. The Layout

When it comes to creating an outdoor kitchen, it’s the layout that plays the most important role. Remember, your outdoor kitchen isn’t just a pretty place for your family and guests to hang out – it’s a kitchen. So, when designing the layout, you’ve got to take several factors into consideration.

Let’s start with the overall positioning of your outdoor kitchen. Consider the rise and fall of the sun, and direction of prevailing winds, this will help determine the optimal position.

Once the positioning has been determined, you can consider the layout. Where will you place the BBQ?  Have you allowed enough room for prepping food prior to cooking.? Consider the fridge, is it easily accessible to guests and power without copping the outdoor Sun. And finally, does your kitchen require access to plumbing for a sink?

2. Design Elements

When designing or renovating outdoor kitchens, the tendency is to make it look as unique as possible. Sure, you might want to make your outdoor kitchen stand out, but at the end of the day, it’s still going to be a part of your home, right?

So, it’s best to borrow certain design elements from your existing property. For instance, the colour scheme of your outdoor kitchen could be similar to your indoor kitchen’s. You could also incorporate furniture that has a similar vibe to the furniture inside your home. By doing this, you’ll ensure that your outdoor kitchen looks and feels like an extension of your home.

3. Durable Furniture

The furniture that your outdoor kitchen will comprise of should be high on durability. Remember, your outdoor kitchen’s furniture will be exposed to the elements. As a result, it’s very likely that all those tables and chairs will undergo rapid wear and tear. Simply put, if you opt for cheap furniture, you’ll have to replace it very soon, which will only add to your expenses in the long run.

The same can be said for the kitchen’s equipment – from the most heavy-duty appliances to the most commonly-used kitchen accessories and tools. Cutting corners now would only lead to more spending in the future, so spend more on high-quality and low-maintenance products.

4. Flow

Typically, outdoor kitchens are created as parts of greater outdoor entertainment spaces, which sometimes includes the swimming pool. However, you’ve also got to think of your outdoor kitchen in terms of how it syncs with the interiors in terms of flow.

For example, can guests easily access the indoors if the weather the weather takes a turn. You should also ensure that different outdoor sections don’t get in each other’s way. For example, if you already have a pool, the outdoor kitchen shouldn’t make accessing the pool difficult.

Keeping these points in mind when designing or renovating your outdoor kitchen will help you to create a space that is not only functional, but livable and appealing, allowing you take advantage of the QLD climate.

If you are considering building or upgrading your outdoor kitchen contact us for a quote today.