Dining Al Fresco

With the warmer weather here, we are all looking for ways to maximize the use and enjoyment of our outdoor spaces. One of the ways to increase your time spent outdoors is to install an outdoor kitchen and have everything you need at arm's length. No more back-and-forths to your indoor kitchen.


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Here are some helpful tips for creating the outdoor entertaining space of your dreams.


Decide How to Use the Space

The first step in any design project is to narrow down how the space will be used. Will you be preparing meals for your household or for frequent large gatherings? Knowing how you will use the outdoor kitchen will help you adequately space plan and choose appliances and storage options that are an appropriate size.


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Consider the Rest of your Home

Design with your home's existing materials (both indoor and outdoor) in mind so that your new structure will fit in seamlessly. By repeating materials that already exist such as brick, stucco, stone or siding, you can help the new relate to its surroundings. Of course, you may need to include new materials, particularly for the floor and roofing structure.


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Don't Overlook Storage Needs

Especially in a harsh climate, not even the most durable outdoor furnishings can handle constant exposure and will last longer if stored properly. While construction is already underway, consider adding storage options for any furnishings or decor that will need to be put away when not in use.


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Ponder the Details

Decorative details like color, lighting, and furnishings will make your outdoor kitchen come to life. Small considerations like side tables, potted plants, and shatter-proof dishware will take your space from a backyard kitchen to an at-home vacation destination!


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If you would like our help designing the outdoor kitchen (or any other space, for that matter!) of your dreams, please get in touch by filling out an inquiry form.