When outdoor kitchens first became popular about a decade ago most kitchen designs were fairly simple consisting of a little more than a good quality grill and a small wood burning oven with a bit of counter space to help keep things organized and to provide work space. However, as more and more people began expanding their living space to include the great outdoors, outdoor kitchens became far more functional and complex. Today outdoor kitchen designs run the gambit from simple and fairly inexpensive to those that would thrill any world renowned chef.
Choosing the right design for you will include a number of factors. Starting with how much you have to spend on building that perfect kitchen. The location and it’s size will be another factor in the type of design you choose as will your own taste and needs.
For families who only cook outside a few times a year, a basic kitchen design will be more than sufficient to meet their needs. However, for those families who cook out of doors every chance they get, enjoy entertaining neighbors and friends and are lucky enough to live in an area where they can enjoy cooking outdoors a large portion of the year, they may want and need a top of the line outdoor kitchen.
Many companies have a variety of designs that you can choose from or they will make an outdoor kitchen based on your own vision and specifications. There are even some Internet sites that offer free designs for the do it yourselfer who wants to tackle this project on his own.
If you’re not sure what you need or want in your outdoor kitchen designs or how it should look, then don’t be rushed into making any hasty decisions. Take the time to look at some pictures in magazines, study pictures and plans you find on the internet and make a list of those features you need and those you would like. Then visit the experts and get their advice.
You might even know a few people who already have outdoor kitchens and would be willing to tell you what they like about their kitchens and what they wish they had changed. The more information you have, the more designs you see, the better the chances will be that you will get the right outdoor kitchen to meet your needs.