Outdoor cooking and dining installations can be as simple as a built in grill station, or a fully equipped outdoor kitchen and dining pavilion. Most of our landscape design clients are happy with a built in grill that offers two to three feet of counter space on either side and some under counter storage.
When the landscape design program calls for a fully functional kitchen outdoors, we need to put some extra thought into it. Good planning will directly affect how much use and enjoyment you ultimately get from your outdoor kitchen. Here are a few important points that our landscape architects will consider during the planning phases:
- Kitchen Design. The same functional design principles that govern your indoor kitchen apply outdoors. Task areas must be defined for food preparation, cooking, serving, seating and clean up. You will need lighting at task areas and for general illumination.
- Weather. Ideally, we’ll want to locate your outdoor kitchen in a spot that gets some natural shade. Or, build a pergola for canopy. A fully roofed structure such as a pavilion or pool house will shelter your kitchen from rain as well as sun. If you’d prefer to keep it simple, stylish umbrellas can do the trick.
- Utilities. Gas and electric lines will be needed. The distances those lines have to travel to reach your outdoor kitchen will affect cost.
- Location. Convenience is the first consideration. You will need to bring supplies to the kitchen and remove waste. If the kitchen is too far from the house, you won’t love running back and forth to get the seasonings or stack of plates you left on the counter indoors.
- Wind. We position the grill station so that prevailing winds blow smoke away from seating and dining areas.
- Materials. Durability is the word. Your outdoor kitchen needs to stand tough through the hot, the cold and the wet of life outdoors. Countertops are stone—oftentimes the same stone we use for paving. We apply thermal conditioning and sealants to prevent stains.
Contact us today to find out how Twelve Oaks Landscape can help design and build an outdoor kitchen for you.