Outdoor entertaining is a wonderful activity that allows you and your guests to enjoy a calm and peaceful evening together. Of course, this requires that you have the perfect space that is specifically designed for this sort of entertaining. While the price quoted by a contractor may be enough to scare most people off, the truth of the matter is that you are capable of doing a significant portion of the projects involved in creating an outdoor kitchen. Not only will you save a great deal of money on the project, but you will also be able to show off your workmanship every time you entertain guests.
Consider the Foundation
Proper planning is a must and this begins with the materials you select to create the perfect outdoor kitchen. When it comes to the foundation, you have three basic options:
· Wooden deck
· Flagstone, concrete or gravel
· Ceramic tile
If you are looking to keep costs down and to avoid maintenance, the best option is often in flagstone, concrete or gravel. These materials are safe and affordable, whereas a deck can be costly and ceramic tiles can be slippery.
Choose the Right Furniture and Spatial Arrangement
When choosing patio furniture, it is vital that you ensure that the furniture is made of materials that can withstand the elements. Wood materials such as teak, redwood and cedar are all known for possessing a resistance to water and for durability when used as a component of outdoor furniture. The type of furniture you choose is a matter of style, and there are a wide variety of options available to choose from. Always make sure, however, that the furniture is arranged in such a way that whomever is minding the meal preparation can remain a part of the conversation.
Fire Pit Options Abound
Fire pits are all the rage these days. They serve as a heat source for those cooler evenings, and they are also a natural area that people tend to gather around. Given the popularity of fire pits, there are countless options available and some of them are quite costly. For better cost-efficiency, you may want to consider a portable fire pit or a fireplace that serves a dual purpose as a wood-burning oven. Of course, the fire pit should only be one source of light, as it is necessary to make sure that the cooking area is also well lit when the sun goes down.
The Outdoor Kitchen Island
If you plan on installing a kitchen island, it is easy to torpedo your budget by loading up on luxurious but unnecessary options. Keep your costs down by opting for only the necessities, which typically include nothing more than a grill and a fridge. For the countertops of your island, you need to consider how well they will function outside, so brick and natural stone are excellent choices for materials.
More Information on DIY Outdoor Kitchens
The following infographic contains a great deal of useful information relating to creating your own outdoor kitchen. For more information and ideas regarding what you will need to undertake a project such as this, read on to learn more and to see examples of just how stunning an outdoor kitchen of your own design can be.