Whether you’re improving your home for its resale value or for your family’s continued use and enjoyment, the addition of an outdoor kitchen is a surefire way to spice up your yard and embrace an outdoor workspace. To many, an outdoor kitchen centers around a grill; in reality, this is just the beginning. Like your indoor kitchen, many elements, including style, design and cookware are at play outdoors. Viking offers a range of appliances which will greatly enhance your outdoor cooking experience.
Outdoor kitchens have developed into a variety of concepts and can vary based upon your budget and your home’s location. High end outdoor kitchens can encompass everything from a gourmet grill to outdoor appliances like refrigerators, stovetops, dishwashers and icemakers. Some outdoor kitchens also have a fireplace and brick pizza oven. In addition, your location is critical to the setup. The tradition of outdoor kitchens started in the West, where the weather is relatively warm and predictable. However, in less predictable environments, adding a fire pit, heaters or outdoor fireplace can extend the seasonal use of the kitchen.
Outdoor kitchens have become very popular for families and those that like to entertain. Outdoor kitchens allow families to spend quality time with each other outside while the weather is nice. They are also ideal for festive events and make throwing parties convenient. In an outdoor kitchen, guests can sit around and enjoy the outside air in the company of the cooks while the meals are prepared as opposed to having to run in and out of the house.
When planning for an outdoor kitchen, the first thing to consider is your budget, which will dictate the details and features you select along the way. Next, map out the space that you have available, preferably not too far from your home. This is not only convenient for guests but can be cost effective when establishing gas, plumbing and electrical utilities to the area. Several companies make appliances that are more heavy duty and specific for outdoor areas such as kitchens.
Patios are probably the most traditional way to create an outdoor room. Built from Fieldstone, slate, or pavers, stone patios provide a well-defined living space within your yard. Add a picnic table to make an al fresco dining room or arrange comfy rattan chairs to fashion an open-air family room. A patio can be installed abutting your house, in a sheltered corner of the yard, or near a shady tree to suit your outside living style.
Stone Outdoor Kitchens
One of the hottest new trends in landscape design today is outdoor kitchens. With all the amenities of a regular kitchen, outdoor kitchens enable you to prepare food, cook, and grill without ever leaving the backyard! Although the “outdoor kitchens” of the past were typically just ordinary charcoal grills, today they’re equipped with sinks, stove top burners, and refrigerators as well as high-tech grills. Built in attractive stonework installations, these kitchens are beautiful as well as functional! Just imagine being able to cook dinner without having to leave the quiet serenity of nature, enjoying birding while washing the dishes, and the myriad other benefits of a complete cooking space set in the great outdoors.
While many people think of stone walls as livestock fences or retaining walls, they can also provide seating, frame a view, or disguise eyesores. Would you spend more time outside if you didn’t have to look at your neighbor’s unsightly lawn? Have an attractive stone wall built to hide it! Want somewhere to sit to enjoy the evening breeze, but don’t have space for a deck or patio? Add a stone wall at a comfortable height, and voila, instant bench. Let yourself think outside the box when it comes to stone landscaping: you’ll come up with endless ideas to improve your yard in ways that invite the whole family to spend hours outside!