Warmer weather can’t come fast enough after this cold and snow-filled Virginia winter. There’ll be springtime activities, summer vacations and cookouts. This year, why not transform your backyard into that amazing outdoor kitchen you’ve always wanted to cook up your faves like fresh veggies, BBQ, shrimp and grits or corn on the cob? Sadler Homes, a well-established homebuilder of homes for sale in Hampton Roads for two decades, suggests these eight tips for creating an amazing outdoor kitchen.
What are your plans for your outdoor kitchen? Are you looking for something simplistic or will you be cooking up extravagant meals? Knowing what you want to do before hand can help save you time, money and effort before going to extremes.
Select a grill to fit your culinary needs. It’s all about size, style, built-in or ready-made grills to choose from. Pick one that’s conducive to what you’re planning for the outdoor kitchen space.
An ample amount of counter space and an outdoor sink are essential for washing your food, chopping up your veggies, seasoning your meats, cleaning your hands and dishes. It’s so much easier to handle everything on the spot instead of travelling back and forth to the extravagant homes for sale in Hampton Roads that you’ve purchased.
Plenty of storage that’s easily accessible is great to keep your pots, pans, BBQ tools, cups and plates.
Picnic tables, plush cushioned seats on your wood furniture and texturized tables can bring style to your outdoor living space. Position your seating and eating areas far enough from the grill to be safe.
Designate a place to keep your beverages chilled. If you’re a wine or beer connoisseurs think about a beverage cart or wine cellar for your drinks.
Remember to protect your outdoor kitchen from the sun or rain. A large umbrella, metal roof or Plexiglas can give it that much-added shelter.
Don’t forget to about ambiance. Proper lighting in unique fixtures can help you entertain at night while adding pizzazz. Rugs, plants, a fireplace or fire pit and other accessories are cool to include. The fire pit or fireplace can be used for roasting marshmallows and keeping warm during cool days in the backyard of your outdoor kitchen. Adult supervision is suggested for roasting marshmallows to keep the little ones safe.
These tips can help you be well on you’re way to creating the amazing outdoor kitchen you first envisioned when you first purchased your home for sale in Hampton Roads to cook, entertain and relax.