Al fresco for the seasons, as summer is fleeting!
Let’s get cooking! … Vancouver summer is so beautiful, no one wants to be trapped in the kitchen! Outdoor kitchen design means creating a space where the chef can dazzle guests without missing out. Consider interaction with the rest of your home and the elements of weather before you finalize your design… make it personally enjoyable!
When you think about cooking in summer months what kind of feelings do you experience? If you are anything like most people in Vancouver, you just don’t want to coop yourself up in a hot stuffy kitchen. Wouldn’t it be great if you could stay on your patio and get dinner ready for the family at the same time? … you know where this is going…
In an ideal world with endless space and means, everyone could have a 2nd ‘full kitchen’ outdoors; but when you begin to think about incorporating a cooking space as part of your outdoor living you should consider what things you would use most. This can come from thinking about how you eat, especially in summer months; If you mainly grill and for lots of people your priority will be the barbecue with ample grill space, if you like to bake, you would enjoy an outdoor oven, possibly a brick or wood fire pizza oven. In addition to the heat source, what about cooler options? will you have a fridge for cold condiments and beverages? Everyone is different and this space is truly for your personal enjoyment, so make it all about the chef. The options are endless, and you can always add to it later, but when you know what the main element will be, your design can begin and evolve from there.
The considerations that you put into outdoor kitchen design, doesn’t need to match those of the indoor kitchen exactly. The goal for having an outdoor kitchen is to create a convenient space for barbecuing and entertaining so that the chef doesn’t miss all the fun. There are of course certain elements that it doesn’t hurt to take an odd trip inside for, such as bringing large main ingredients, and dirty dishes to the dishwasher afterwards. Some indoor-outdoor interaction can eliminate the need for full sized refrigeration and possibly for hot water plumbing, easing the scope of the outdoor kitchen project… although a prep sink would be nice.
Of course a most ideal situation, if possible, is having your outdoor kitchen and indoor kitchen work together through some seamless integration solutions. If it is not possible to connect indoor and outdoor spaces, consider some extra counter space for food prep, storage for outdoor dinnerware and large serving platters, and possibly a small spice and condiment pantry.
Design planning should include care for the space in Vancouver weather elements. There are a number of approaches, the optimal one is having the area covered so that it is not directly affected by the weather, this also makes it usable year round. Making the investment for stainless steel in your appliance choices, solid surface counter tops, and generally sturdier materials for cabinetry will mean your outdoor kitchen can ‘weather the storm’. In the very least, invest in a heavy duty cover for your barbecue, it will help keep the cooking area in great shape and means lower maintenance and less cleaning prior to infrequent use.
TQ’s talented team can help create a kitchen away from the kitchen where you can wow your guests… Get in touch today!