When you invest in an outdoor kitchen oasis for your home, you want to make sure you enjoy it as much as possible. Don't believe the myth that outdoor kitchens are only for warm climates! With technology, design, and engineering constantly improving, you can stay comfortable in your outdoor kitchen year-round. Several components go into a year-round outdoor kitchen. Here's what you need to make those hot August afternoons and crisp December nights enjoyable.
No matter where you call home, it's a good idea to include both heating and cooling sources in your outdoor kitchen. Even the warmest areas have cold days, so it's ideal to have the flexibility of options! A ceiling fan, or two, can go a long way for cooling your outdoor kitchen and surrounding areas. Heating sources can include patio heaters, outdoor fireplaces, and outdoor fire pits. For patio heaters, you can opt for a portable heater or a wall-mounted patio heater. All of these patio heaters blend well with your design while staying practical and functional.
The benefit of outdoor fireplaces and fire pits is they can be entertainment for your guests too. Gather your friends and family around your outdoor fire pit for roasting s'mores, good conversation, and relaxation. Your outdoor fireplace and fire pit can fit seamlessly with your overall kitchen design and function too.
If you want to go extra with heating and cooling sources, include a swimming pool and jacuzzi. It's not hard to convince you of the benefits of a pool or jacuzzi because these are the ultimate ways to keep everyone comfortable and enjoy the outdoor kitchen space longer. Heating and cooling sources are the most important aspects of a year-round outdoor kitchen.
An excellent way to keep your outdoor kitchen functioning year-round is to have various outdoor cooking appliances. This gives you options to cook in different ways as the seasons change! An expert outdoor kitchen design team can include whatever outdoor cooking appliances you want in a cohesive design. As a result, you'll never get bored in your outdoor kitchen!
Popular appliances to include are a BBQ grill, outdoor burner and griddle, pizza oven, and kamado grill. You can cook a variety of food or even the same food in a variety of ways in a diverse outdoor kitchen. For example, in the summer, the BBQ grill gets a lot of use by grilling hamburgers, steak, and chicken. However, you may find using the kamado grill for a delicious smoked brisket is your go-to in the cooler months. The bottom line, having a variety of cooking options in your outdoor kitchen gives you great use year-round.
No one wants to refill and dig around in an ice chest constantly, so proper refrigeration is vital to an outdoor kitchen! While this tip may be focused on the summer months, it's still important to discuss. To keep the party rolling in your outdoor kitchen, you'll want to keep drinks and cold food items at the perfect chilled temperature. You can have an outdoor refrigerator and icemaker designed into your outdoor kitchen, so it works seamlessly with outdoor living.
You can go a step further and include a kegerator, wine cooler, and beverage center too. Then, no matter the drinks you feature, there is a perfect outdoor refrigeration unit available. When outdoor refrigeration is simple to maintain and refill drinks, you and your guests will be much more comfortable enjoying time together.
Whether you want protection from the hot sun or the afternoon rain showers, a covered outdoor kitchen is more comfortable for everyone. Keeping at least a portion of your outdoor kitchen area covered will help your heating and cooling sources work more effectively, plus keep everything under the cover in pristine condition. So, it's entirely possible to use your outdoor kitchen year-round when it's protected from the weather elements!
Our free outdoor kitchen design services can guide you on how and where to include covered areas. You may want to consider including seating areas in your covered outdoor kitchen area too. Covered seating areas allow you to experience the best outdoor living, no matter the outside temperature.
Building your outdoor oasis doesn't have to be stressful or overwhelming. Contact our expert team to start the free design process, and we'll help make your year-round outdoor kitchen dreams come true. We can guide you on all the ways to make your specific outdoor area enjoyable throughout the year. Outdoor living is truly the best way to enjoy your family and friends at home, and it all starts with a beautiful, functional outdoor kitchen.