Designing your Outdoor Kitchen begins with the most important step of all…deciding on the location.
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The basic requirements of any outdoor kitchens are pretty well known to most people. Especially in Australia, its commonplace to have some kind of barbecuing area out the back of most peoples homes.
However, we've seen a lot of people forget that your outdoor kitchen holds much more possibility than just a good barbecue and maybe a fridge.
When designing a custom outdoor kitchen, all the alternatives available can be lost or forgotten in the process with some easily overwhelmed with too many choices, to others simply not knowing about an option all together.
So we're beginning a series of things both common and extravagant to bring light to some of the things available you can have in your own alfresco if you decide to go the custom route.
Try to visualise how you intend to use your Outdoor Kitchen and ask yourself lots of questions. A great start is; How often will I be using my Outdoor Kitchen? This will determine what inclusions you require, the space you need and will get you thinking more about detail.
When you're at the beginning stages of designing an outdoor kitchen, it can be difficult to create a clear picture of what best fits your home and your lifestyle. When you're working with an outdoor kitchen specialist, they will be able to work with you and create a 3D rendering of your outdoor kitchen to give you a much better understanding.
We get asked quite frequently for some design tips, some inspiration of what we have seen before and knows works well together, not just in function but also in appearance.
This post is only a few of the projects we have done. Listed are the materials used and we have included links to the appliances within each kitchen if you would like to know more or include it into your own design.
Keep in mind this is just a few of many. If you'd like to see more, we regularly update our Facebook follows with recent projects and plenty of design and outdoor inspiration to take your outdoor entertainment to the next level. If you want to be in the know first, make sure to go over there and like our page.
The overall maintenance of your outdoor kitchen is something to think about before committing to certain materials and appliances.
What you're willing to commit to and the amount of effort you're able to fit into your lifestyle can affect your choices.
Bench tops, barbecues, fridges, and more are covered here, along with some of our recommendations. From general cleaning to the warranties and qualities of the appliance/material that will affect what will be required in order to maintain it's performance and overall look.
Are wood fire pizza ovens worth it? The answer to this is yes and no.
There's an undeniable quality in having a wood fire oven, that much is undisputed.
The sight, sound and warmth of a wood fire oven is an experience in and of itself. A unique cooking experience that offers mouth watering results for many years to come. Of all the wood fired ovens available in the market, how will you know which model will meet not only your requirements but also your expectations?
This post will be an ultimate guide.
A breakdown of what exactly goes into owning a wood fire oven, from start to finish and everything in between. Its our hope that in all this information you'll have what you'll need to answer your questions and find out if a pizza oven is right for you and your outdoor kitchen.
Cabinets can be a pretty time consuming part of designing an outdoor kitchen.
Especially colours, colours can end up being the thing that causes the most delays to your entire kitchen. And for good reason.
The overall aesthetic is heavily influenced by what your most prominent colour is. Beside your bench top, your cabinets are the biggest source of colour.
In this post we’re going to talk about the different options available for your cabinet doors, for some inspiration and information.
A quick tip when reading this post: in the industry when you hear someone talking about an insert in regards to a cabinet, they’re referring to the material you see on the door. The material that makes up the door (minus the frame) is called an insert.
1: Custom Cabinetry is Made to Measure.
One of the biggest benefits of a custom kitchen is just that. They’re custom.
It doesn’t matter what your space is, what shape, size or location. Between walls, galley style, L-shape or Island. When you’re designing a custom kitchen you’re designing a kitchen with your space and what you need in mind.
When buying a modular unit, you’re buying set sized components that will be best placed into your alfresco area. This isn’t to say a modular kitchen isn’t useful, it will get the job done, however when designing your own kitchen, you’re going to be able to address your own concerns oppossed to a generic off the shelf item.
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Cabinet door finishes
Maybe not the first thing you think about, but what kind of finish you have on your cabinets really can dramatically shift the style of your outdoor [or indoor] kitchen.
A finish, if you haven’t heard the term before, is what goes over the material of your cabinets for protection and numerous other benefits, but also to allow you to choose the overall look you want for your kitchen.
This may be the easiest or one of the more difficult decisions for your design, as it really sets the overall image. Depending on your preferences, and seeing as the gloss vs matte debate has been going on for as long as the options have been available, we’re going to look at the pros and cons of both.
Through reading this, make sure that you remember that the finish that is best for you is very subjective.
What is going to make you happy is going to come from your personal style and a little research to make sure you’re happy to keep up with the maintenance.
For me, it doesn’t matter how beautiful I find something, if it’s too demanding in its upkeep it turns me off almost straight away. This might not be the same for you though, which is fine. The good thing about everyone having different preferences is there is finishes to suit all of them.
Starting to think about purchasing an outdoor kitchen?
The whole process from designing your outdoor kitchen to having it installed in your home can start to feel a little daunting without the right help. Especially if you’re like 99.999% of the population that doesn’t really have the time to sit down and map out an entire alfresco area from scratch.
But it really doesn’t have to be that difficult. With the right team of people, they can walk you through the whole process and ensure it’s as stress-free as possible.
This will serve as your guide to starting off your alfresco kitchen.
This post will be a great start to planning, budgeting and the beginnings of your design. If you’re planning on going forward with a team of specialists, this will give you a good idea of what to expect.
Make sure if you have any questions feel free to ask!