The process of designing and installing the perfect outdoor kitchen can be a challenge, especially one of the most difficult decisions — where to put it! The outdoor kitchen designers at Synergy Outdoor Living walk you through how to decide where your beautiful new outdoor kitchen will go.
Designing an Outdoor Kitchen
Besides having an outdoor oasis where you can entertain, grill out, and enjoy a cold one, an outdoor kitchen can add value to your home if you decide to sell in the future. This is why it is important to choose the right location for your outdoor kitchen so it is as functional as it can be.
Here are some things to consider when choosing a location for your dream outdoor kitchen space:
Keep Utilities In Mind
While you may have the perfect place in mind for your outdoor kitchen, if it isn’t in practical distance to necessary gas, water, or electrical supply, there may be a problem. Take note of where your water, gas, and electric lines are, and design your outdoor kitchen accordingly.
If you are installing a grill or a smoker, think about the natural flow of the wind, and make sure that smoke from the grill will be carried away from dining and sitting areas. Furthermore, the kitchen area should be located a safe distance away from doors and entryways to prevent any potential hazards.
Tip: Outdoor cooking appliances should be a safe distance away from where children or guests play. You’ll want to avoid a basketball or football landing on a hot grill!
Consider the View
Another key element to consider when designing and building your outdoor kitchen is your view and sightlines. You could have the most beautiful outdoor kitchen on the block, but if your guests sit down to eat and are facing a brick wall or that old shed in your backyard, that is what they are going to remember. Not your beautiful kitchen. Consider the view when you are weighing options for the perfect location for your outdoor kitchen space.
Plus, you might want to consider where you will have the most privacy from the prying eyes of neighbors. No matter how much you like your neighbors, you’ll want to feel like you are in your own quiet oasis when you are in your outdoor living space. Screen views with trees or shrubbery to provide privacy and a noise buffer.
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Be Conscious of the Sun
While in northern climates, summer is prime time for outdoor kitchen use, we can enjoy them year-round here in Florida! When planning your outdoor kitchen, monitor how much sun or shade the area where you are planning to build has.
While we love soaking up the sun here in Florida, it is nice to have ample shade for extra comfort on those hot humid days. Natural shade from trees and bushes is best because they ventilate easily, but man-made shade options such as pergolas, trellises, or umbrellas are popular due to their durability and can add to the design aesthetic of your outdoor kitchen.
Maximize Your Natural Space
Do you have a beautiful garden in your yard? A pool or a hot tub? When choosing where to build your outdoor kitchen, take note of any existing features or structures in your yard that you want to complement. Be aware of design overlap. The last thing you want to do is inadvertently shade or crowd your garden!
Ready to design an outdoor kitchen for your home? Call Synergy Outdoor Living; we can help design the best kitchen for you and complement any existing structures to truly maximize the space!
Indoor Meets Outdoor Living
Consider the relationship between your indoor and outdoor kitchen spaces. How will both kitchens be used when cooking or entertaining? If you have a large outdoor space to work with, it might be wise to build your outdoor kitchen close to your indoor kitchen for a seamless transition between the two.
When it comes to design aesthetics, take colors and elements from your inside, outside. You can have the same cabinet color or style as your main kitchen or bring in accents with outdoor rugs, backsplashes, or furniture styles. The goal is to finish off your new grilling area with a cohesive look your family and guests will love for years to come.
Build a Luxury Outdoor Kitchen to Fit Your Needs
The perfect spot to design and build an outdoor kitchen will vary from home to home. You might want to have an outdoor cooking area right outside your backdoor, or a freestanding pavilion near your pool. At the end of the day, there isn’t a “right” spot for your outdoor kitchen space, but by considering these outdoor kitchen tips, you’ll make an excellent choice!
Are you ready to design your dream luxury outdoor kitchen? Call our design experts at Synergy Outdoor Living! From pergolas and pavers to rock walls, fire and water features, grills, kegerators, pizza ovens, and custom-made cabinets, we can design the outdoor kitchen of your dreams!