Designing an outdoor kitchen? Follow these tips

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The concept of outdoor kitchen appears to be growing in popularity these days. If you have adequate space and a deep pocket, it is one of the best ways to utilise the vacant space in your backyard. 99acres shares handy tips that can help you design your own outdoor kitchen.

Cooking outdoors is always fun and if you own an independent house that has substantial outdoor area, you can make good use of it by setting up a kitchen space. All you need to consider is the climate, location of the space, and your budget to design an outdoor kitchen, where you can enjoy the beauty of nature while cooking. In fact, if you throw a house party, you could even entertain your guests outdoors while cooking.

Location

The foremost thing to keep in mind while planning an outdoor kitchen is selecting the right location. Keep in mind that the space for the kitchen should be close to the house so that the walls and awning of the house can provide a shelter to the kitchen appliances. The kitchen should be placed in a way so that the smoke from the grill gets carried away from dining and living areas and to avoid any heat from being radiated inside the house.

Kitchen layout

After you are done deciding the location, the next step should be to decide the layout of the kitchen. Depending on the size of your backyard, you can select the layout that best fits your budget and your needs. It is always advisable to consult an interior designer who can design the layout for your outdoor kitchen within your budget.

Essential equipment

Experts advice that the appliances you choose should be suited for outdoor usage as indoor appliances cannot withstand the outdoor environment. Installing a barbeque or a wood fire oven can help you cook your favourite recipes outdoors. If you are ready to spend money on the equipment, you can think about installing other kitchen appliances such as portable ice maker, smokers, side burners etc.

Ventilation

According to Rohan Goregaonkar, Director, Creative 7 Design Studio, “It is crucial to ventilate your kitchen properly to avoid any fire hazards. Install vent panels to every four to six feet to prevent any gases from building up.” The selection of the kind of vent depends on the type of gas you are using for cooking. For instance, if you are using natural gas, the vent panel should be placed as high as possible since natural gas, being light in weight, rises easily. On the other hand, if you are using Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) then the vents should be installed as low as possible. 

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Lighting

Last but not the least, lighting is as essential outdoor ingredient as it is inside the home. Installing lights will highlight the cooking area and other food preparation surfaces. You can also highlight the pathways by using pathway lights as they will not only illuminate your outdoor kitchen but at the same time please your guest. You can also install lights above the grill and beneath the cabinets to easily locate the kitchenware and other equipment while cooking outside.  

By following these handy tips, you can design your own outdoor kitchen and make cooking an enjoyable and relaxing experience. 


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