An outdoor kitchen is an excellent way to equip your backyard for entertaining and feeding hungry friends and family. Outdoor kitchens range from small areas with little more than a built-in barbeque grill to large, fully equipped kitchens complete with one or more grills, countertops, sinks, bars and storage cabinets.
When planning an outdoor space, you’ll need to think about how many people you intend to accommodate, your entertaining needs, and your budget. The next step is to determine the best location for your kitchen, the size requirements, design layout, countertop placement, and the appliances you’ll need. Finally, you must choose the best materials and equipment for accomplishing all your goals.
A properly equipped outdoor kitchen generally operates separately from your home’s regular kitchen space, allowing the two areas to be utilized entirely independently from one another.
When well designed, an outdoor kitchen functions most effectively when it’s zoned into logical uses. This means your cooking area should have plenty of prep space, room to set down utensils and stage ingredients, and a comfortable buffer from the seating island to keep guests protected from the heat.
There are countless ways to achieve this goal either with a custom built barbecue or outdoor kitchen…or by way of a prefabricated barbecue unit installed to look like a custom build. Landmark Pavers has designed, constructed and installed a wide array of outdoor BBQ island configurations.
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