Our writer giving tips how you can install Outdoor Kitchen vs Smaller Yard
Building an outdoor cooking area in your Toronto back yard may seem like a foolish idea if you have a limited amount of space to work with but even if you have a very small yard, you can still build a kitchen that is both beautiful and functional. To help you get started, we have put together some design ideas for you to consider. If you would like to have your new kitchen designed and built by a team of experienced professionals, please feel free to call and request a quotation at any time.
Designing a Compact Outdoor Kitchen for a Small Yard
The main thing to bear in mind when designing a smaller outdoor cooking area is that as long as you stay focused on the essentials, you are sure to end up with a practical, stylish kitchen that is perfect for preparing summer feasts when the weather is fine.
- Opt for High Quality Materials – One of the advantages of smaller outdoor kitchens is that you can afford to specify higher quality materials because you will need less of them. You can order the best countertops on the market, the highest quality floor tiles, and the nicest bricks to build the base for the countertops and grill unit. Get together with your designer and go mad: you won’t regret specifying the best materials once your new outdoor kitchen has been completed and is ready to use.
- Buy a Top-of the-Range Grill – Rather than spending money on loads of small appliances that will probably be of limited use once you actually start to use your new outdoor cooking space on a regular basis, invest the majority of the money you set aside for appliances on a top-of-the-range grill. A high quality grill will add far more value to your kitchen in terms of functionality than an expensive espresso machine, ice maker, or any other optional appliance is likely to do.
- Use Indoor Food Preparation Area – If you are working with a very small space, you can use your indoor food preparation area instead of building a new one for your outdoor kitchen. To make it easier for you to go from inside to out, your new outdoor cooking area can be adjacent to your indoor kitchen.
- Make Sure You Have Room for a Roof – Even if you are only planning to use temporary canvas roofing, make sure that you remember to leave space for it in your outdoor kitchen design. While you are only likely to use your new kitchen when the weather is fine you should be able to continue cooking in the event of a light shower, so making it completely open to the elements is a bad idea. One of the advantages of a smaller outdoor cooking area is that you can shield it from the elements more easily than a large, sprawling space: you can plan the layout of the countertop and storage units so that they help to shelter you from occasional spring showers and summer rainstorms.
- Combine the Seating and Cooking Areas – If you don’t have room for a separate patio where you can eat your meals al fresco, put some seating in the kitchen area itself. You may have to use a slightly smaller table than if you located it in a separate area but it will save a lot of space, which is the main aim when working with very small yards.
Call today to find out how much it will cost to hire us to design and build your new outdoor kitchen, whatever the size of your Toronto back yard.