If you love the outdoors or just want to expand the living space of your home, an outdoor kitchen can be just the ticket. An outdoor kitchen can also keep down the heat and humidity in your house during summer; by cooking outdoors you keep all that heat outside. However, a real outdoor kitchen lets you expand your menus to more than just barbecue for your family all summer long. There are several important things to consider when choosing the style of outdoor kitchen to build, as well as how to outfit it for the best durability and service.
Creating an outdoor kitchen can be very simple or a marvel of modern architecture. You can do things as straightforward as building an outdoor cooking surface with a wash sink and a few simple chairs, or as complex as a roof with a chef's oven, stove, refrigerator and sink, and a complete set of cabinets, tables and chairs. When considering the design of your outdoor kitchen, keep in mind the function you wish it to have. The more fully developed your outdoor kitchen is, the more you can do in it.
Make sure the appliances such as sinks, cooktops, ovens and grills you choose are made of stainless steel to resist rust. Storage areas should be made from waterproof materials including plastic, stone, metal or pressure-treated wood for the best longevity.
When decorating your outdoor kitchen, use furniture that is weather safe. Patio and yard furniture works best, but you can also draw the inner décor of your home out onto the patio and outdoor kitchen area by keeping color schemes and furniture styles compatible. Some sofas and chairs have weather-safe materials. Avoid leathers that will dry and crack from exposure to sun, wind or cold unless you have a covered kitchen area, and/or are willing to put in the work to preserve the leather with oils on a regular basis.