Now This Is Living! 5 Fantastic Outdoor Kitchen Ideas to Get Your Summer Sizzlin'

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With summer on the way, you're dreaming of backyard barbecues and outdoor parties, but if all you have to prepare for the seasonal festivities is some charcoal and a grill, you're selling yourself short. Live it up with an outdoor kitchen, where you can sizzle up a storm, mix drinks like Tom Cruise in Risky Business, and enjoy your friends and family until the wee hours. You need ideas, though, to make sure your outside cooking paradise turns out just the way you want it.

1. Start with a Solid Plan and a Creative Contractor 

An outdoor kitchen is much more than a grill and table; it's an actual extension of your living and dining area. Even if you know what you want already, follow the advice of the contractor you hire. Choose a creative and skilled team of professionals, who will guide you through the more challenging aspects of the build:

  • Work with your electric, gas, and water access.
  • Keep the design in sync with your home's architecture.
  • Think carefully about countertop materials and the elements they'll be exposed to.
  • Anticipate where the chef, helpers, and diners will be in proximity to each other and to equipment.

2. Choose Low-Maintenance Assets for Your Outdoor Kitchen

The less work you have to do to maintain appliances and other equipment, the more you'll want to use the outdoor kitchen, so make your selections based on reliability, durability, and ease of maintenance and cleaning. 

3. Be Strategic, Yet Artistic with Lighting

Lighting is an important component of any room, but especially one that's outside. Angle lights to add ambiance without making people fee like they're under the intense spotlights of the Hollywood red carpet. Use dimmers to adjust to various natural lighting conditions, and be sure to add motion-sensor fixtures to illuminate the area if an intruder (human or critter) shows up.

4. Expect the Unexpected with Mother Nature

No matter what climate you live in, Mother Nature has become increasingly unpredictable; thus, your outdoor kitchen should be ready for anything with shelter to protect people from sudden rains, wind, and the occasional bout of chilly weather. Add heating elements, too, to make your summers last longer and to be able to start the season earlier in spring.

5. Don't Forget About the Music

Most outdoor hosts and hostesses prefer something other than a boombox for their musical entertainment. They don't want speakers hanging out the windows, either. Ask your contractor about outdoor music and even a theater, if you think your family and guests would enjoy watching shows from the comfort of your outdoor kitchen. 

Ditch the briquettes before summer hits your neighborhood. Talk to a contractor about the backyard kitchen you've always wanted, and get started planning your impersonation of Gordon Ramsay at the grill, the friends and family you'll invite, and all the fun to be had. For more information, contact a company like Outdoor Innovations.

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