Oasis Landscapes & Irrigation can design and install the outdoor kitchen of your dreams. Starting around $7,500 and up, your outdoor kitchen is limited only by your creativity and budget. Outdoor cabinets, bars, and appliances come in all shapes and sizes for any configuration, so you’ll have flexibility when designing your ideal outdoor cooking space. Finish everything off with stone, tile, granite, or other materials that complement your existing landscape.
Some of the best reasons for having an outdoor kitchen are:
Custom outdoor kitchens have become popular with homeowners from all walks of life. Whether you are feeding your family, entertaining guests, or creating a dinner for two, custom outdoor kitchens provide the perfect blend of efficiency and ambiance.
When designing your custom outdoor kitchen, here are some helpful ideas to keep in mind:
Use Good Design Principles.
Incorporating well-organized design ideas into your custom outdoor kitchen will ensure you have the right amount of space for all of your cooking, refrigeration, and workspace needs. Enabling you to take care of all of your cooking and prep work outside without having to go back and forth between the house and patio.
Choose Quality Materials.
While granite countertops and copper fixtures look beautiful indoors, they are not the best materials for outdoor kitchens. Options like manufactured stone and stainless steel are highly resistant to grease stains and outdoor weathering, making them ideal for custom outdoor kitchens.
Make Sure You Have Access to Utilities.
There’s nothing worse than starting construction on a custom outdoor kitchen to discover you don’t have access to an electrical line or water pipe. Ensure you put your outdoor appliances in proximity to these utilities before the work begins to save yourself the headache of redesigning your plan.
Incorporate All-Season Features.
A well-designed outdoor kitchen is one you can use year-round. Incorporate features such as a pergola for shade or a shed roof for rainy days. And adding an outdoor fireplace can keep outdoor cooking and seating comfortable and beautiful while snow is on the ground.
Your outdoor kitchen should have bright task lighting near the cooking area with softer light around the seating. This ensures you grill that steak perfectly while your family and guests enjoy conversation in dimmer areas. Proper lighting placement will create a charming dining experience for the cook and the guests.
An outdoor kitchen is an excellent addition to an Atlanta-area home. Not only do you have a grill for Georgia barbecue, but there are also options to bake, sauté, or deep fry.
Outdoor kitchens are nothing new. Some bazaars in the Roman empire used outdoor cooking as a way to drum up business. People worldwide still cook their meals outdoors, and that goes beyond just using a barbecue grill. Here are a few international outdoor kitchen ideas.
These pot-shaped clay ovens cook many of India’s finest dishes like flatbreads, tandoori chicken, and samosa. Tandoor ovens burn charcoal or wood, exposing the food to radiant heat and live fire. Their “dry cooking” method cooks as high as 900°F when stoked and maintained. Then retains that temperature for extended periods. Tandoors are easy to use, easy to clean, and large enough to roast an entire turkey.
From Cuba, la caja china is essentially a roasting box on wheels. The caja uses charcoal to cook meats, and it’s usually large enough to accommodate a whole pig, although one could use it for roasts, racks, and ribs. The coals are on top, so the meat cooks from the top-down, and the results are quite delicious.
The Courtyard Kitchen
Finally, from the Mediterranean comes the courtyard kitchen. A concept rather than an appliance, the courtyard kitchen takes advantage of outdoor seating, shade, and lots of room for your own brick oven to make pizzas or flatbreads. You can add an authentic Tuscan or Spanish flair to your backyard by incorporating a dining area into your plans for an outdoor kitchen.
Brick ovens also involve live fire and dry heat, so they’re perfect for bakes and roasts. Some brick oven designs even allow for “burners” on the top surface for heating metal pans. You can simultaneously cook your side dishes and finish your entree, all outdoors.
One of the top benefits of these ideas is they all use charcoal or wood. You can vary your flavors by merely using different types of wood chips. Whichever you decide, you’ll find that cooking outdoors creates dishes that indoor cooking simply cannot duplicate.
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