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Do you love to entertain friends outdoors? Are you fond of cooking? You can take the inside to the outside by creating a cooking station in your outdoor living space so you do not have to run inside, back and forth, to get food, drinks, plates and utensils.
Building an outdoor kitchen allows you to set up a tabletop barbecue so you can still mingle with your guests while preparing food. There are many options to choose from. You can opt for L-shaped, U-shaped, long linear length or a separate linear counter.
You can also use a gas-operated barbecue or a charcoal barbecue. You do get a barbecue grill that works with gas, but have a charcoal tray to get the flavor. A convection oven, rotisserie, grill tray and many other accessories make outdoor cooking a fun and enjoyable activity.
However, it is advisable to build the outdoor kitchen closer to the indoor kitchen for you to easily access things from inside. Include in the plan an outdoor fridge, cocktail counter, sink and pizza oven (for making wood-fired pizzas) to enhance your outdoor cooking experience.
Ensure you use materials that can withstand extreme weather conditions. Non-slippery outdoor tiles like slate, ceramic and porcelain are ideal. Make cleaning easier by having tops with granite and glass mosaic tiles. Stone cladding adds charm to an outdoor kitchen. Add storage, such as shelves and drawers in stainless steel or solid Meranti wood, to store all things that you need.
Make sure you have enough work space to prepare and cook food. Add pots of herbs near the cooking station for easy-to-pick ingredients.
You have the option of fusing the kitchen and dining area together, or separating the two. A combined dining and kitchen area requires high stools, while a separate dining space needs comfortable seating.
An open barbecue station and a shaded dining area are always preferable. So, add a shade structure over the dining space and accessorize it with lights for evening affairs.
• Kitchen tops made of granite, glass mosaic tiles and steel are easy to clean
• Tiles like slate, ceramic or porcelain can be used to avoid slips or accidents
• Space-saving L-shaped and U-shaped barbecue layouts are more favorable
Source: Sejal Nagjee, Special to Properties
The writer is CEO & Creative Director, Milestone Landscaping