As the weather gets warmer and daylight lasts longer, you’ll surely want to spend more time in your backyard. You might even feel inclined to create the patio and entertaining area of your dreams. If you’re limited on space, don’t worry – you can still build a small outdoor kitchen that will make your backyard the place to be!
During the initial planning of your small outdoor kitchen, decide on the general design you’d like to use, how much space is available and what appliances are must-haves. Once you have those things figured out, you can get started.
Small Outdoor Kitchen Designs and Space Requirements
When it comes to small outdoor kitchen designs, you pretty much have free reign, so long as it will fit into the space you have. Your options include an island, an L-shape or a U-shape. An island will require the least amount of space and limit the number of appliances you can include. However, it is a great option if you only have a small amount of space to work with. Both L- and U-shaped designs allow you to create more of a niche space for your kitchen. They also allow you to include more features and fixtures.
If you plan on embellishing the space with brick or cut stone, take that into account as well. Their height and depth may affect the amount of work area you have.
Small Outdoor Kitchen Appliances
When it comes to appliances, decide what your absolute must-haves are and what you’d like to have but can live without. As a starting point, including a grill and undercounter refrigerator will easily allow you to cook meals and keep cold beverages on hand without having to run inside to grab supplies. It’s very, very important that you create zones in your small outdoor kitchen. Stacking appliances can cause them to overheat and wear out quicker than if you space them appropriately. So if you’d like to include a grill, put it at one end while your refrigeration is at the other. To maximize your use of space, you could even put a sink between them.
Now that you have a better grasp of what goes into making a small outdoor kitchen, you can start creating the one of your dreams. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at your local Monark showroom can answer all your questions and help you pick the best appliances for your lifestyle.