Anytime in Florida is the right time to take advantage of the Sunshine State’s fine weather and great opportunities to dine outdoors. Why not cook outside, as well, and spend even more quality time with your guests? It can be fun for everyone to become a part of the meal prep, too, especially with the relaxed and casual atmosphere in a kitchen design that outdoor dining invites.
Make the most of the gorgeous weather by bringing your dinner parties and other social occasions and festivities out onto a specially designed patio or other backyard area that’s been outfitted with all the amenities of a deluxe kitchen design. Avoid heating up the house and keep the cooks right where the action is.
Variety in Outdoor Kitchen Design
Just because an outdoor kitchen is not necessarily part of your actual house, doesn’t mean that it has to be without a decent cover. There are definitely great designs that include ample opportunity to provide either shade or protection from rain while you are concocting delicious meals out of doors. Of course you will want the outdoor kitchen design to suit and incorporate well with the overall appearance of your existing home, but there are many variations that can fit the bill.
If you aren’t sure where to start in coming up with an appropriate kitchen design for going gourmet under the sky above, check out the some of the following ideas.
- Rustic outdoor kitchen – Creating a more rustic style outdoor kitchen is a great addition to an old ancestral home or any house with traditional character. You can have a wood burning stove, as well as masonry fireplaces that have special inserts for baking cakes and breads. Don’t be afraid to play with colors that complement the country feel when you choose or paint your existing wooden or rattan furniture. Lemon and teal blue accessories will work well with a classic wooden motif.
- The makings of a modern outdoor kitchen – A modern outdoor kitchen design is often one that capitalizes on the gorgeous gleam of stainless steel appliances, from the outdoor grill to the cooktops, sink and beverage coolers. The combination of chrome and steel state-of-the-art equipment combined with modern patio furniture and lighting features will make for some truly sophisticated dining.
- Retro vintage outdoor kitchen – When planning a retro vintage look for your new outdoor kitchen, part of the fun is in finding the touches that give it that funky yesteryear feel. These days, there are plenty of new appliances that combine modern function with the classic rounded edges of the 50s, for example. Have some fun with this nostalgic style, right down to the collectable salt and pepper shakers!
Just like any project, your great new outdoor kitchen will require some solid planning. But once you’ve settled on the outdoor kitchen design that inspires you the most, you’ll be eager to have it completed so you can enjoy the benefits of cooking in your own garden without having to fuss with that unreliable old gas barbeque and some cast-offs from the camping box.
Meals are an integral time for both family bonding and sizzling social gatherings. Don’t miss out on this fun and practical way to maximize the benefits of Florida’s great climate. Talk to a custom builder today about your favorite outdoor kitchen design and how it can both enhance the enjoyment and add to the value of your home.
Greg Nelson is the owner of Nelson Construction & Renovations Inc. He is a Florida State Certified Building Contractor, creating artistry in all areas of design and construction projects. He is a musician, and artist. A husband and father, Greg appreciates all the wonderful elements of family life.
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