Outdoor kitchens have become an increasingly popular addition to many homes. While some homeowners hire professional designers, most others will prefer the do-it-yourself approach. Either way, there are so many things to remember during a home improvement project, especially when designing outdoor kitchens. Outdoor kitchens Adelaide significantly add to the worth of a property, and they also make for truly memorable outdoor entertaining. However, not all outdoor kitchens are created equal. It’s essential to understand exactly what you’re trying to accomplish, the challenges you face and the tools/approaches/ways to obtain the desired outcome.
One thing that can make outdoor kitchens more complicated than necessary is the type of cooking involved. It’s not uncommon for outdoor kitchens to be set up as small grills with only a sink or bar area (or maybe a grill trailer) for cooking. While this does tend to make cooking outdoors more manageable, it can create certain cooking challenges unique to outdoor kitchens and may not be encountered if a kitchen was set up with the same set-up indoors.
The first challenge that may arise from having outdoor kitchens is the lack of cupboard space. In many cases, the cabinets will be installed over the grill area or directly underneath it. When installed, there is little or no room to install cabinetry, shelves or appliances. Naturally, this means that items will need to be moved or positioned more awkwardly to prepare foods or store items. Fortunately, many of the challenges noted with indoor kitchens can also be observed with outdoor kitchens Adelaide.
The next challenge with outdoor kitchens will be the improper placement of cooking appliances. This is particularly true with outdoor kitchen designs with open flame types of cooking appliances. Since appliances exposed to fire and smoke will generate fumes and smoke themselves, the appliances will often need to be vented out of the building, usually through doors or a simple extension to the home. Naturally, when this venting isn’t provided, the smoke will dissipate into the air, which poses a second set of challenges. Also, the smoke will linger, making people inside uncomfortable and causing damage to furniture and carpets.
A final challenge is found when a building contains many different types of cabinets. When cooking outdoors, especially on a charcoal or gas grill, the presence of charcoal leads to the build-up of ash, which can lead to food poisoning. On a wood-burning stove, the ashes can be dangerous if they are not correctly disposed of. Outdoor kitchen owners must either remove the ash or carefully place it in a fire bucket or another receptacle for disposal. If guests do not have a trash container for trash that they place in the ash bucket, it can lead to an unpleasant odour in the kitchen and frustration for guests waiting for dinner.
Fortunately, outdoor kitchens Adelaide do not have to include large appliances such as pizza ovens or home-cooked burgers and hot dogs. Small, lightweight electric devices with built-in microwaves and warming elements can be used to prepare food. Because these devices are typically more affordable than large, non-ideal appliances, they provide an excellent alternative. Some can even be used as a full-service buffet or coffee shop when guests arrive. With some careful planning and equipment placement, these can-and-do units can easily fit into any outdoor living space.