Living in the country has many advantages, including more space to spread out and enjoy the outdoors without the sound of traffic and neighbors. Your time outside might be spent taking care of livestock, planting and harvesting crops, and doing other chores, but the one thing you love most of all is cooking on your grill. You may have a deck or patio where you currently have your propane or pellet grill, but how wonderful would it be to have a complete outdoor kitchen? If you have the space, you could design a backyard area where you will spend countless hours during the summer.
When designing your outdoor prep and cooking space, it’s important to consider what type of weather you experience at your country home. Does it rain a lot and is there a chance for strong winds and/or hail? You want your counters and coverings to be durable, and you may want to design your space so that it is protected from the elements. You may have a windbreak that shelters the back of your house from strong gusts, and positioning your kitchen properly can keep it safe from damage.
If you hire a professional to install your counters, grill, and other components, be sure to talk with them about what type of materials will be best. You may want a combination of stone, metal, and plastic, and knowing that your structure will withstand the next thunderstorm will give you the peace of mind you desire. The materials you choose will of course play a major part in the look and feel of your cooking area, and you’ll want to make sure you’re not sacrificing durability for function and comfort. Function and comfort are obviously important, but if you compromise a part of the structure so that it’s easier to use, it may not make it through inclement weather.
Picking Your Appliances
The appliances you choose are the most integral part of your outdoor kitchen, and you’ll want everything from the grill to the refrigerator to last for many years. You’ll find a number of outstanding options in our store, and depending on how much space you have, we can recommend the best choice for each appliance. You may have a wraparound countertop that spans two sides of your new outdoor area, and you may want the fridge or ice maker in one counter, and the pellet or gas grill in the other. We also have dry storage doors and drawers that make it easier to keep those food staples safe and dry when they’re outside. However, if you live in the country, it’s important to always keep in mind that food left outdoors can attract unwanted guests such as raccoons or bears.
Making the Space Your Own
You may design your exterior cooking area to match your country house, and it may have stone, stucco, and stainless steel, but what’s most important is that you make the space your own. Think about how you will use the space and how it will function when you have the entire extended family out for a barbecue/family reunion. Will there be enough seating for everyone? Does the decor match your unique personality? We can help you find the grills, islands, and other components that make up the kitchen, but what the space becomes is entirely up to you. We know that when it’s finished, you’ll use your outdoor kitchen as often as you can.