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great outdoor kitchens to make summer cooking a breeze

As the weather gets warmer, it’s natural to want to spend more time outdoors. That includes the preparation and cooking of meals. And enjoying them. Great outdoor kitchens can help to make the most of your al fresco meals.

More than a BBQ

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GE Monogram

A truly great outdoor kitchen is more than just a BBQ or grill.

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Style at Home

You want to have countertop space. Counters definitely make outdoor preparation easier. They’re also great for buffet-style meals and may be able to double as an additional eating surface.

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Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet

Kitchen storage is useful, even if it’s used exclusively for outdoor cooking utensils. Outdoor dishes and serving implements, linens, candles or lighting, or even gardening supplies can also make use of the space.

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A covered outdoor kitchen by Alice Lane Homes

If you’re able to add in a sink and refrigeration, it’s always useful.

Naturally Cooler

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Frankel Building Group

Whether you have a covered outdoor kitchen with a ceiling fan or a more open space, outdoor cooking is ultimately cooler than cooking indoors.

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InForm | photo: Derek Swalwell

When you cook indoors, the temperature rises. That means the air conditioning needs to work harder to keep your home cool. Or that your home simple gets warmer.

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Wick Design

Outdoors, there’s natural ventilation. Even if it feels like there’s very little wind, the air is constantly moving.

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Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet

If your outdoor kitchen is in a full-sun area, even temporary overhead covering will add cooling shade.

Be Practical

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Lori Gentile

When you’re planning your outdoor kitchen, consider your surroundings. Choose materials and finishes that can withstand local temperature fluctuations.

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Blackbird Architects | photo: Matt Wier

For example, if local Winter temperatures regularly dip below freezing, don’t select appliances, cabinetry, or counter materials that will crack or warp in extreme cold.

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Australian Outdoor Kitchens

Before you install anything with an open or exposed flame, check local by-laws to ensure you won’t be in violation.

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Luxapatio

Since an outdoor kitchen is a fixed installation, you’ll also want to check local by-laws regarding placement and property boundaries.

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Maria Killam Interior Design

A covered outdoor kitchen prolongs use of your outdoor kitchen, especially in areas that experience more distinct seasonal weather variations.

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