Outdoor kitchens aren’t just a trend of the moment – it’s an important part of choosing outdoor living as part of a stress management lifestyle that can be both healthy and lots of fun. Just look in any home and garden magazine and you’ll find loads of ideas, photos, projects and products that are perfect for an outdoor kitchen.
An outdoor kitchen can turn a boring yard into a family getaway that’s almost like going on a vacation. And, you don’t have to spend lots of money to get the magazine-look that can be as expensive as adding another room to your home. There are some preparations and additions that you can make from grills, lawn furniture and inexpensive flea market finds that will be the envy of your friends and neighbors and the delight of your family.
Here are some ideas for creating a great outdoor kitchen space for de-stressing:
• Prepare the Space – Do you want to use an existing patio or deck space for your outdoor kitchen? Take measurements and be sure of what you want to fit into the space before making purchases such as grills, tables and relaxing outdoor lounge chairs and countertops.
• Countertops – Outdoor countertops can range from stainless steel to tile. With a little help from videos and DIY online help, you can become an expert in crafting any type of countertop you choose. If you’re really watching your budget, look for flea market finds in the way of stand-alone counters that you can just move into the kitchen area space.
• Grills – You can use a grill you already have or go crazy and spend money on one that does everything for you. You’ll usually find lots of storage in the more expensive grills – and after all, this will likely be the heart of your outdoor kitchen, so you’ll want to make sure it’s a good one and that you have designated the right amount of space.
• Storage – You can combine storage and seating by crafting or purchasing cushioned ottoman-like seating that rolls. The lid can lift for excellent storage space – or leave it open and fill it with baskets containing items you need for your kitchen. Hooks, baskets and pottery can all be great solutions to your outdoor kitchen storage problems.
• Fire Pit – Fire pits can be easily put together and can offer ambiance to your outdoor area. One popular project for outdoor areas is to first, get a professional to tie a drain into your home and then lay the gas line. After that, you can build raised brick fire pit with brick and mortar. It’s an easy DIY project that you’ll enjoy summer and winter.
Outdoor kitchens are perfect for summer style entertaining and run the gamut from fancy and expensive stainless steel trappings to items that you may have picked up at garage sales. Use your imagination and spend as much time as you can looking through magazines and DIY books until you find ways to create the outdoor kitchen of your dreams for the relaxing and stress-free lifestyle you desire.