Today, Art of the Yard in Denver provides our insight on the 4 zones of your outdoor kitchen. What are we talking about? We’re talking about how to set up your outdoor space so that you don’t have to spend time slaving away indoors while everyone else is outside having a good time. By using this smart design idea, it’s easy to join the party.
So, what are these 4 zones of your outdoor kitchen? Let’s get to it.
A place to wash your hands or food is invaluable. You don’t have to get too elaborate. A simple sink may be all you need. You can even just run a hose if you don’t want to have to deal with plumbing. However, if you plan to be spending a lot of time cooking outdoors, it’s a good idea to set up a nice little station with hot and cold water, plus a bit of counter space.
An area for food prep is often overlooked when building outdoor kitchens. But it can be a game changer! Bringing food prep to the party might encourage guests to lend a hand. And once you’re done with that step, you can clear the space and use it as your buffet area.
For food prep, choose materials for your countertops and cabinets that will stand up well. And if you plan to cook outdoors all year long, set up outdoor lighting and heating.
This is, of course, the center of your outdoor kitchen. Choose an appliance that you don’t have inside so you can get creative with outdoor cooking. Some examples are the standard gas or charcoal BBQ grill or fireplace. If you want to get a little crazy, consider installing a brick pizza oven or a smoker.
Whatever you choose, be sure to position it safely where children won’t be playing and where the smoke won’t waft directly into the house. Also be sure to choose an appliance built to withstand the elements in your area. Winters can get a little intense in Denver, so you’ll want to talk to our experts about what kind of appliance to choose.
A mini fridge located in your outdoor kitchen is an excellent idea. On hot summer days, the lettuce in your salad can wilt quickly, and your drinks will warm up fast. Installing a mini fridge is an excellent alternative to running inside all the time to use the indoor fridge or worrying about running out for ice to fill a cooler. To add some pizzazz, consider adding a soda fountain, beer tap, or wine cooler. Again, be sure to choose appliances that can withstand the elements.
Getting excited about the 4 zones of your outdoor kitchen? We’re excited, too! Here at Art of the Yard, our passion is helping people create the backyard oasis of their dreams. Our experts are happy to help you plan and now is a perfect time. Once the snow melts, you’ll have everything ready to begin construction right away and have your outdoor kitchen prepared for summer!