Cooking is a wonderful activity. It activates the senses (smell, touch, sight, sound, and taste) which makes it a great exercise for the brain. And since it involves discovering unique cuisines and experimenting with many different ingredients, it can also be immensely fun. No wonder Jamie Oliver is always in such a good mood.
Believe it or not, there’s something even better than cooking peacefully in the comfort of your home, and that’s cooking outdoors. Preparing mouth-watering meals and drinks for you and your loved ones under the bright blue sky while being surrounded by greenery and the cheerful chirping of birds is an amazing way to relax after a stressful day at work. If you’re passionate about cooking and love spending time outdoors, then you definitely owe yourself an outdoor kitchen.
When planning your outdoor kitchen design, making a list of the must-haves and extras is the first step you should take. Also, plan the electricity scheme ahead. I advise you to consult with an experienced electrician about the location of your ice-maker, dishwasher, and other electrical appliances. Opting for weatherproof outdoor sockets for your outdoor kitchen is practically a must because weatherproof outdoor sockets are designed to operate in all outdoor conditions.
As for the kitchen elements, do you want just a couple of cooktops and a pizza oven, or you dream of having a complete outdoor kitchen – gas cooktops, a sink, a refrigerator, a grill, an island and a pizza oven? When considering these options, make sure to put your budget and your outdoor space into the equation.
If your budget can’t bear the weight of a custom-made kitchen, you’ll be glad to learn that there are prefabricated outdoor kitchen kits in a variety of customizable styles that can include compact refrigerators, custom countertops, stainless steel cabinets, and dining space. Picking a prefab kit is an amazing way to save both time and money without compromising beauty.
Once you make this decision, you should think about the spot for your outdoor kitchen. Experts say that creating your outdoor kitchen close to the house is smart because the walls of the house will protect your electrical appliances from wind and the sun and you can easily extend a roof over your culinary station and thus shield it from rain and snow. In addition to this, you’ll be able to save some money because running utility lines from the house to the outdoor kitchen is generally less expensive.