Regardless of the size, your Westford, MA, outdoor kitchen can be the ultimate gathering spot during dinner parties and afternoon BBQs. Create the ultimate entertainment area by incorporating features in your outdoor kitchen that will ease the process of preparing and serving food so that you can enjoy good company and the outdoors without hassle. Here are some of the most important things to consider:
Ask the Right Questions
Before remodeling your outdoor kitchen, or even when creating a completely new one, you will need to determine what goals you might have for your future kitchen.
There are many things to consider when designing a space that will be functional and sophisticated at the same time, including flooring, appliances, cabinetry and more. For starters, consider the type of events you plan to host, in order to decide on the size of the kitchen and features you may wish to include. After taking these things into consideration, you can include appliances and islands that will suit your style of entertaining.
Kitchen Island and Countertop
You can never have too much space when it comes to outdoor entertaining and spending time with friends and family, particularly when it comes to work surfaces. For the best results, plan on a kitchen island that incorporates an area for preparations, cooking, serving, and cleanup. It can be built as a stand-alone island or a multi-leg structure. Either option is great as long as it works well in the space you are working with.
For a functional and stylish outdoor kitchen, consider a multi-level counter top that will provide additional space for preparations and serving. Remember to select a material that is both hygienic and durable, such as polished concrete or natural stone, or stainless steel.
Your kitchen island will also function as storage room for crockery or ingredients, or to house appliances such as bar fridges, so ensure it is large enough to accommodate your requirements.
The grill is the main element of an outdoor kitchen. Depending on your preferences, you can use a charcoal, electric or gas grill. Charcoal tends to give a great flavor to the food, but gas grills are convenient. If your grill requires a utility line, have this taken care of by one of our professionals. They’ll also be able to advise you on the best placement for the appliance.
Pizza Oven and Other Accessories
Grab the unique opportunity of enjoying pizza gatherings in the evenings by incorporating a pizza oven as part of your outdoor living space. A pizza oven will give a distinctive touch to the space, impress your guests and improve functionality. The pizza oven can be incorporated into your countertop or as a separate element. Just make sure you include proper lighting.
For the ultimate upscale outdoor kitchen design, you can consider including a wine cooler, an ice maker, cocktail center, beer tap refrigerator, an espresso machine or a high-end coffee maker. Wet bars are perfect for homeowners that absolutely love outdoor entertaining.
Subtle lighting creates ambiance and ensures safety. So, make sure you provide great outdoor lighting around the elements of the outdoor kitchen, especially for the grill and work surfaces. Let Northern Lights Landscape Contractors take care of your outdoor lighting plan and installation for optimal safety and a relaxing evening atmosphere.