November 30, 2017
Living in Florida means that you get the advantage of the tropical weather at its best! And what a shame it would be if you had to spend the majority of your time indoors. The kitchen in the home is typically a place where people gather. Preparing and enjoying meals together is a social activity for many friends and families – that is why outdoor kitchens are so popular in Florida. With an outdoor kitchen installed, you will have more time to spend outdoors, while at the same time enjoying quality social time with your family and friends.
Top Amenities You Should Know About Before You Build Your Outdoor Kitchen
If you are considering building an outdoor kitchen as part of your porch, deck or gazebo, here are the 5 top outdoor kitchen amenities that you should know about:
- Built-in grills and side burners:
A free-standing grill may be more portable and may seem to be a cheaper option. However, if you want to add to the value and functionality of your outdoor space, then built-in grills, side burners and ovens are the way to go. Built-in units are also easier to protect against the elements when the weather is less than perfect.
- Outdoor kitchen cabinets:
No outdoor kitchen is truly complete without utility drawers and cabinets in place. These need to be designed to withstand exposure to the elements and must provide sufficient storage space for all your outdoor pots, pans, cutlery, glassware and similar.
- Ice maker:
The humid Florida weather certainly calls for one of these! And if you want your guests to feel cool and refreshed while spending time in your outdoor kitchen, ice is a must.
- Sink with water access:
Having an outdoor kitchen to cook up a storm is only going to be an inconvenience if you can’t wash up after meals. There are various options to position and install kitchen sinks in your kitchen cabinet counter tops. Or you can build a designated space for a dish washer. The choice is yours!
Just because your outdoor kitchen is outside, doesn’t mean you won’t need any lighting. You will want to enjoy the warm evenings outside and for this you will need sufficient lighting. In the food preparation areas, brighter lighting may be required. These can be installed onto the bottom of your hanging outdoor kitchen cabinets to cast light onto the work areas below. There are many options to choose from – all of which should be discussed at length with your building contractor.
Everyone’s dream outdoor kitchen is unique and that’s why it is important to discuss the various options with professional cabinetry designers and installers to ensure that your specific dream kitchen can be brought to life.
For more information and advice on the outdoor kitchen options for your home, contact us via email or telephone at Schrapper’s Fine Cabinetry and Design, Inc. today.