Dreamy Outdoor Summer Kitchens

by Rachel Laurendeau on May 29, 2013

Have you dreamed of moving your kitchen outdoors in the summertime so that you can enjoy the warm breezes and long evenings? Creating an outdoor summer kitchen might be just what you need!

Traditionally, in Colonial America, summer kitchens were often separate buildings near the main house where cooking, canning and other work was done. This way, the entire house didn’t get heated up when the fire was lit to bake bread or to make dinner. Today, the idea of a summer kitchen is a much more luxurious option. As we move to larger, more elaborate outdoor living spaces, it seems to makes sense to incorporate outdoor kitchens and cooking amenities.

plumbing ZionsvilleThe Set-Up
Once you’ve decided that you want to build an outdoor kitchen, you will need to decide on the layout and the materials. An outdoor kitchen can be as simple or as elaborate as your imagination, space and budget allow. Of course you need cooking surfaces (grill, fireplace, burners…) but you will also want countertop areas or a table where you can do your prep work and a serving area for entertaining. Remember, all of these surfaces must be able to stand up to the natural elements. And, just like an indoor kitchen, you want a proper layout that allows for good work flow.

The Appliances
It goes without saying that any good outdoor kitchen will include a grill but there is much more to it. It’s up to you to decide which type of surface you want to cook on and whether your prefer charcoal, propane or natural gas. For a more permanent and convenient set-up you can have a gas fitter or plumber install a natural gas line that you simply plug your barbeque into and you never have to worry about filling tanks or replacing briquettes again.

While the plumbers are in for the gas line, you can have them install the plumbing for a faucet and sink to make prep and cleanup easier. Some people also like to include a wine cooler and a mini-fridge to make entertaining a breeze.

Building an outdoor kitchen isn’t a weekend project but it is certainly a home improvement that everyone in the family will appreciate. What a wonderful way to enjoy the tastes of summer!

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