How to Design My Dream Outdoor Kitchen for Maximum Function & Enjoyment

Have you been considering adding an outdoor kitchen to your Salt Lake or Park City home? According to the American Institute of Architects, outdoor kitchens are growing in popularity. With kitchens being the main hub in most homes, adding one to the outdoors meets the growing demand for creating more functional spaces.

With so many features and designs to consider, how do you get started in designing your perfect outdoor kitchen?

Must-Have Appliances

When considering your outdoor kitchen design, it is key to start with the essential appliances. There is no standard for what the necessities should be; your desired utility should be the driver of choosing your appliances. Start with cooking, do you simply need a stainless steel gas grill? Or do you need additional items such as a flat grill top, a burner for pots, a smoker or even a deep fryer? What you cook and how you cook it should guide the way for choosing your main appliances.

Outdoor Kitchen Amenities

How and how often you use your outdoor kitchen is a key consideration when choosing your additional amenities. If you love to cook on the grill as much as possible, you may consider a roof to protect you from rain and the sun when preparing meals. If you entertain regularly, we recommend a sink which will provide ease of serving cold beverages, but also make meal prep an outdoor activity so you don’t have to go indoors, separating yourself from the activities, for anything. Task lighting, electrical outlets, bar height counters and storage drawers are great choices for convenience and enjoyment.

Eat-Out Kitchen

Today’s modern living has ushered in the rise of the eat-in kitchen. When building an outdoor kitchen, this trend continues with an adjoining dining area for serving the favorite foodies in your life. If you often serve a late dinner, you may want to consider adding lighting to your dining area. If afternoon barbecues are a summer Saturday afternoon staple, consider adding a pergola or roof with a ceiling fan to your outdoor kitchen for cool comfort.

Outdoor Kitchen Counters & Other Design Details

Once the necessities and amenities are in the plan, it is time to get down to the design and material choices. A larger countertop area is your best choice if outdoor food prep is your plan, it also provides places to set small appliances or serve dinner. We recommend choosing your countertop material first and then building your design around it.

Choose from quartz, soapstone, concrete, granite or natural stone such as bluestone, sandstone, limestone, Travertine, or slate for a gorgeous, durable outdoor kitchen countertop.

Next, choose your outdoor kitchen surround. Stacked stone veneer is a popular choice, but maybe you need stucco or brick to match your home’s exterior architecture and design. We can use elegant Belgard pavers or unique natural cut stones. We’ll work with you to find the right material to match your unique design sense and the design of your existing outdoor spaces.

Working with Archadeck of Salt Lake means custom designed outdoor kitchens that are built for your specific needs and your individual style to create YOUR dream outdoor kitchen. If you’re ready to take a bold step towards more outdoor living, call today for a free design consultation. 801.683.2355

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