Maryland has some of the most beautiful weather and scenic views around the country. What better way to enjoy it to the fullest than with an outdoor kitchen? An outdoor home addition is perfect for cooking and entertaining right in the middle of your guests, while everyone enjoys the outdoors.
If you have an existing outdoor space where you entertain or just grill out with the family, a few essential additions can transform this area into a backyard retreat your family and guests will love. Here are a few elements that Clarksville Construction Services recommends for your extraordinary home addition.
Cooking in Your Outdoor Addition
Cooking is the foundation of any outdoor kitchen, so your grill or cooking elements should be chosen with care. There are a variety of sizes and types available, including propane, natural gas, charcoal, wood, or a combination of these.
The absolute basics for your new home addition can be a grill and cooking range or griddle, but other options include:
- Dual charcoal and gas grills
- Side burners
- Wood-fired ovens
Any combination of these options can be seamlessly integrated into the design of your overall outdoor kitchen. When making your choices, always consider the amount of outdoor cooking you will do as well as your preferred fuel source.
Keep It Cool
An effective outdoor kitchen has a place to keep things cool. Installing a refrigerator will make cooking and entertaining outdoors even more convenient. Save time and hassle by having all your cooking ingredients, ice, and cold beverages close at hand for both cooking and entertaining.
Whether you choose a small stand-up, under-the-counter refrigerator, or a full refrigerator, it will need to be properly wired for outdoor use. Many models are available, so choose one that will meet your needs as well as your available space. Wine coolers are also a common addition in an outdoor kitchen.
A sink and running water are also essential components for your home addition. Choose a stainless-steel model with enough space to allow for rinsing and washing dishes and utensils as well as cleaning and preparing food. In addition, the availability of water near your cooking and serving area is a huge plus when it is time to clean up after the party.
Be sure to have hot and cold water and drainage lines professionally installed by a qualified plumber to avoid any problems. Hot water may require an additional small water heater nearby or even under the counter. Consult your building contractor or plumber for advice on what your particular setup will require.
Along with essential cooking and cleaning options, storage and preparation areas are also needed. Counter space for preparing ingredients and serving is always handy. These should be durable enough to withstand the elements since your kitchen setup is outdoors. Materials like granite or concrete are both durable and easy to maintain.
Storage space for ingredients and utensils is also a must. However, such areas should be resistant to the elements as well as prowling animals, who may not number among the welcome guests to your home addition. Choosing built-in storage with self-locking doors will protect your items from weather and pests.
Consider the Guests
Why install an outdoor kitchen without adequate space for dining and entertaining? Consider your available space and choose a layout that best fits your needs and entertaining goals. Consider adding the following amenities to your outdoor space:
- Weather-resistant tables and chairs
- A patio cover for protection from the elements
- Insect control features
- An exhaust system to minimize smoke exposure
- Ambiance lighting
An ideal entertainment area is level and near the kitchen layout but not close enough to inconvenience guests. You might also consider adding an outdoor fountain or scenic landscaping that your guests would enjoy.
While choosing the features for your home addition, remember to select resilient materials and models designed for extended outdoor use.
Clarksville Construction Services can assist you with design options and different features for building the outdoor kitchen that is perfect for your needs. Call us today to get started on your project!