Outdoor kitchens are really popular nowadays and they don’t need to break the bank either. Especially when you live somewhere beautiful and warm like Vancouver, where the summers are long and pleasant, it makes sense to make the best use out of your yard and an outdoor kitchen is one great way to do that. Even if you don’t have a huge yard, there are plenty of ways you can make use of a small deck or rooftop patio and take your kitchen outdoors. From full-blown kitchens, to integrated outdoor grills to bar-style designs, there are plenty of ways you can get creative. Here are a few outdoor kitchen design ideas that we love, to give you some inspiration!
Kitchen and bar
If you want to go all-out, why not install an outdoor kitchen and combined bar? Have the stove, oven/grill, sink and worktops on one side, and on the opposite side have a kitchen bar where your guests can sit, chill and relax. This would follow the design of a traditional kitchen and is great for larger spaces.
Built-in cabinet space
If you’re creating an outdoor kitchen area you want your space to be functional and practical. Consider adding built-in cabinets either below the worktop or above, so that you can store things like plates, glasses, condiments, and other essentials for your outdoor kitchen. The last thing you want is to be running back and forth every two minutes to your indoor kitchen, so make sure to duplicate your essentials.
Simple stove and sink
A simple stove and sink and countertop space is a great way to keep your outdoor kitchen functional as well as minimalistic. If you have a stand alone grill elsewhere, or just want to extend your kitchen prep space, keep your outdoor kitchen design nice and simple with a stove and sink for preparation and washing up.
One very cool outdoor kitchen design idea is to have one that tucks away. Get your kitchen built into a box structure, with a hatch that folds up and down so you can open it up to access your kitchen, but easily tuck it away during bad weather so it’s protected.
Install a chiller trough into the bar
The great thing about outdoor kitchens is that you can get so creative. If you’re always entertaining, save fridge space by installing a chiller trough into your bar worktop or dining table. This would be an in-built metal trough, which you can fill with ice as well as your drinks and wines to keep them cool all day long.
Another great and practical outdoor kitchen idea is to have a pergola covering your kitchen. This is really useful especially on the West Coast where the skies are known to open up unexpectedly, as it allows you to still use and enjoy your kitchen even if it’s raining.
Looking for more cool outdoor kitchen design ideas? Get in touch with us today to discuss your yard or rooftop patio and how you can make use of your space!