Where to place the outdoor kitchen is one of the most important considerations when designing. In fact, there are some aspects to consider when deciding where to build an outdoor kitchen, in your garden, terrace or patio.
Here they are.
- Proximity: an outdoor kitchen should be located near the house. The closer your outdoor cooking area is to the entrance to the home courtyard, the more convenient it will be for preparing and transporting food. If you indoor kitchen will be far away, go back and forth will be a real hassle, and this scenario often results in a thinned use of the outdoor kitchen.
- View: consider what the view will be from your outdoor kitchen. A properly positioned outdoor kitchen will benefit from the view of your yard or garden. An incorrectly placed kitchen will instead leave guests looking at a wall or fence. If possible, offer pleasant views for both guests and those who cook, but if not, give priority to the guests.
- Wind: Position your kitchen outdoors so that the smoke from the grill is carried away from the dining room and the living area.
- Utilities: An outdoor kitchen must be placed in an area where gas and electricity can be accessed.
- Privacy: You will enjoy your outdoor kitchen more if it has a protective atmosphere. Choose a location where you will be able to not be noticed easily by neighbours. An idea to achieve this could be the use of plants and/or structures, such as trellis, walls or fences.
- Shade: To ensure that your outdoor kitchen is as comfortable as possible during the day, place it in a shady spot. Shade for an outdoor kitchen can be provided by trees, a patio cover, a pergola or an umbrella.
Some other useful tips: from small spaces to accessories
After giving you our tips on how to design an outdoor kitchen flawlessly (and you can do it with the designers of OF outdoorkitchens), we finally give you a few more important tips.
- First of all, keep the barbecue area away from children’s activities or a possible sports field. You wouldn’t want the ball to end up on a hot grill while playing football or basketball, would you?
- An outdoor kitchen, we repeat, must be relatively close to the indoor kitchen, which is important for bringing food in and out. Otherwise you will tend to use it less and less. The alternative is to make the outdoor kitchen complete and fully equipped, as if it were a second kitchen, the alter ego of the one in the main house.
- Regarding the layout of an outdoor kitchen to be installed with only a small space available, you could opt for an “L” shaped island, a basic island or an “U” shaped centre. “L” shaped layouts offer separate spaces for cooking and preparing food. A basic island layout, on the other hand, often includes a small kitchenette, a sink and a grill. The central U shaped layout divides the kitchens into several areas. These are special areas for preparing food, cooking it and eating it.
In conclusion, let’s say that the idea of having an outdoor kitchen placed in a small space should mean that you are planning to use the residual spaces of your home, such as the bridges or patios of your yard. If there are no ideal places, try to locate a small space that is very close to the house.