Who doesn’t love dining outdoors? We might not be able to enjoy an al fresco lifestyle all year round in the west of Scotland, but we can certainly make the most of it when the sun breaks through the clouds, which is where an outdoor kitchen becomes a great idea!
There is nothing to stop you from cooking indoors and bringing the food, or even firing up the barbecue. However, we know if there is a social gathering take place, it’s unfair on the head chef to be dragged away from the fun. This is why a solution that ensures everyone mingles together before, during and after the food preparation stage is important, and this is why an outdoor kitchen is a popular choice for many households.
At Bradshaw Contracts Ltd, we are pleased to say we have built many outdoor kitchens for our clients, adding a touch of class and functionality to a patio area. You don’t need this feature to enhance your patio, but equally, having one might make your outdoor space the place to be!
We know many people have questions about an outdoor kitchen, which is why we have gathered some of the most burning issues, and we’re on hand to ensure you have all the information you need if you are pondering this addition to your property.
Can I build an outdoor kitchen?
Absolutely! Anyone with a bit of space and the right planning can build an outdoor kitchen. Whether you’re a DIY enthusiast or prefer hiring professionals, there’s an outdoor kitchen design that’ll fit your budget and style. Of course, if you aren’t confident in your skills in this sort of work, it is best to leave it to the professionals!
Does an outdoor kitchen need a foundation?
Yes, a foundation is crucial for an outdoor kitchen. It provides stability, ensures safety, and extends the lifespan of your kitchen. Whether it’s a concrete slab, pavers, or a deck, a solid foundation will keep your appliances and structures in place, especially in varying weather conditions.
Is granite or stone better for this build?
Both granite and stone are popular choices, and each has its merits.
Granite: It’s durable, resistant to heat, and comes in a variety of colours. It does require sealing to prevent stains and weathering.
Stone: Natural stone like slate or bluestone offers a rustic look. It’s tough but might need more maintenance than granite, especially in freeze-thaw climates.
Your choice depends on your aesthetic preference, budget, and how keen you are to spend time maintaining the stone, with granite being the slightly easier to maintain.
Is it okay to build an outdoor kitchen with wood?
Wood can be used in outdoor kitchens, but with caution. While it offers a warm, natural aesthetic, it’s essential to choose weather-resistant woods like cedar or redwood. Ensure its treated and sealed to protect against moisture, pests, and potential fire hazards. Combining wood with other materials like stone or metal can also enhance durability and safety.
What makes a perfect outdoor kitchen?
The perfect kitchen is a blend of functionality and aesthetics. Here’s a quick checklist:
Durable Materials: Opt for weather-resistant materials that can withstand the elements.
Functional Layout: Ensure easy access between cooking, prep, and dining areas.
Safety Measures: Install proper ventilation, non-slip flooring, and safe electrical setups.
Storage: Cabinets and drawers for utensils and ingredients are a must.
Ambience: Think about lighting, music, and comfortable seating to set the mood.
Then again, the ideal outdoor kitchen for you and your home might be different from a neighbours. This is why we listen to you, and ensure we come up with plans that meet your expectations.
If you think an outdoor kitchen is a great addition to your patio and property, we are here to assist you as best we can. Give us a call on 07927275538 or message us and we’ll take you through the process of adding a patio and/or outdoor kitchen.