Australians generally embrace the outdoor culture. BBQ, backyard cricket and the surf make us who we are.
To take your outdoor entertaining up a notch or two, install a complete outdoor kitchen in your backyard. This won’t be just a place where you have barbeques – your alfresco kitchen will become an extension of your home. No more preparing meals inside while your guests chat and relax outside. You can enjoy their company as you prepare the food without having to jump up and run back inside for supplies or condiments.
Sounds good, doesn’t it? Let’s set you up with an outdoor kitchen. Here is your complete guide.
Start from the Bottom
Like most kitchens, you’ll want to determine the floor layout and material of your outdoor kitchen first. Take into account the climate where you live as well as the weight of the appliances.
Good flooring will add durability, value, and style to your kitchen. Think about what kind of traffic you’ll get and make sure you accommodate that.
Where Will You Put the Kitchen?
There are a few things you should consider when determining the location of your outdoor kitchen.
- Make sure the smoke from the grill doesn’t waft back into the home.
- Do you entertain frequently? Put the outdoor kitchen in close proximity to your indoor kitchen so you have access.
- Do you want to maintain the view from inside the house? Place the outdoor kitchen to the side or at an angle.
- Consider the traffic flow in your yard. Don’t place hot cooking appliances next to where the footy is thrown around. Remember, a backyard kitchen is full of possible hazards.
The size of your outdoor kitchen will depend on the type and size of the appliances you plan to install. Do you want a fridge and some counter space or a full outdoor kitchen with a stove, hood, and wood fired oven? Take all of this into consideration and think about how your appliances will fit together.
Consider Counter Space and Storage
You’ll need to factor in spaces to put things like cooking utensils and plates, as well as plenty of other storage space. Make sure all of this is waterproof and durable to temperature changes. The amount of storage space that you need might depend on how often you plan on using your outdoor kitchen. Do you only use it in the summer months or would you be hosting events all year round?
Appliance Reliability Is Important
Whatever appliances you choose, make sure they can handle Australia’s harsh climate, including intense sun and rain. Stainless steel and ceramic appliances are very durable, low maintenance and great for all weather conditions. Our wood fired ovens are also weather proof.
Don’t Forget Ambience
Your outdoor kitchen should be a place that you enjoy spending time in, entertaining family and friends. Incorporate features that make this the centre of your backyard, like tables, chairs, and special lighting. Just make sure it’s all weather-proof.
The Comfort of Indoors Outdoors
You might consider building a tall roof or pergola over your outdoor kitchen. Also consider things like overhead fans or mist sprays for hot weather, and heat lamps or fire pits for cold weather. If you live in an area with mosquitoes or bugs, you might consider netting.
Contact European Wood Fired Ovens today to discuss creating a customised outdoor kitchen. We provide service Australia-wide.