Guide to Create your Dream Outdoor Kitchen

Crafting the Ideal Outdoor Kitchen: Tips and Tricks

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An Outdoor Kitchen is a great way to entertain friends and family while taking advantage of the beauty of the outdoors. Whether you’re looking to create a simple space for grilling or an elaborate layout with added features, there are many possibilities when it comes to designing your Outdoor Kitchen. In this guide, we will cover the basics of designing an Outdoor Kitchen, from determining the space available to selecting materials through to accessories. With a little planning and creativity, you can create an Outdoor Kitchen that will be the envy of your neighbourhood.

Choose your location

When choosing a location for your Outdoor kitchen, there are several factors to consider. You’ll need to think about the size and layout of the space available, how it will be used, and what kind of environment you want to create. For instance, if you’re planning to entertain, make sure there’s enough room to accommodate guests.

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It’s also important to consider the elements when selecting a location for your Outdoor Kitchen. Will it get too much sun? Or do strong winds blow through occasionally? Make sure the layout of the kitchen is designed to cope with the environment, and that your appliances are protected. For optional protection, consider installing a canopy or shade structure such as a Pergola over the area.

Finally, consider proximity to other areas of your home. Are you planning to serve food directly from the kitchen? If so, it’s best to have a connection between the indoor and outdoor kitchens for easy access.

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Our premium range of Outdoor Kitchens are custom designed and professionally installed to perfectly suit your space. With no unsightly gaps, including end and bottom panels you can create a seamless wall to wall Outdoor Kitchen. We also offer a range of customisable Pergolas to for added protection against the elements and to help complete your outdoor space.

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By taking these factors into account, you can choose the best location for your outdoor kitchen. Once you’ve selected a spot, it’s time to start thinking about the material options.

Consider materials

Selecting the right materials is key when it comes to designing an Outdoor Kitchen. Choose materials that can withstand the elements and stand up to the wear and tear that comes with cooking outdoors. Consider durable, waterproof materials for your cabinetry and benchtop to protect it from moisture damage. Investing in quality materials can help extend the life of your outdoor kitchen and keep it looking beautiful for years to come.

Durable Outdoor Kitchen materials

Our Outdoor Kitchen benchtops, soft close doors and drawers and cabinetry guarantee both style and resilience, thanks to the innovative design of DuriCore. This multilayered material is highly impact, scratch, and water resistant for continual long-term use during all weathers. Additionally, our internal cabinetry made from DuriBoard that prevents warping or twisting from ever occurring – making it an ideal choice with superior manufacturing quality. You can also enjoy peace of mind knowing your Outdoor Kitchen comes with a 10-year warranty on your cooktop, Duricore cabinetry and benchtops.

DuriCore benchtops

With careful planning and selection of materials, you can create an Outdoor Kitchen that is both stylish and durable.

Colour selection

After selecting a location for your Outdoor Kitchen, the next step is to pick a colour that suits the environment. You should consider both the palette of colours already present on your property and how they will compliment each other.

Bright and light shades are great for creating an inviting atmosphere in a sunny location, while darker tones can provide contrast against a backdrop of lighter colours. Using complementary colours is a great way to bring unity and harmony to the Outdoor Kitchen space, while contrasting colours can add a touch of contrast and dynamism.

Outdoor Kitchen colour selections

With our range of colours and finishes to choose from, you can create the ideal benchtop and cabinetry combination for your home. For a fresh, modern coastal look, consider light colours and wooden textures. If you have a darker, more dramatic palette and want to make a statement, a charcoal cabinetry and black benchtop combination will create a modern outdoor kitchen space.

By taking these factors into account, you can make sure that your outdoor kitchen reflects your personal style and creates a beautiful and inviting space.

Added features

Installing added features for your Outdoor Kitchen is an important part of the overall design process. When selecting appliances, it is important to consider what type of cooking you will be doing and how much space you have available.

Cooktop options

Make your outdoor kitchen cooking experience special with our customised cooktop options. Choose between our mild steel hotplate and/or combination grill-hotplate. For unique style, upgrade to the brushed stainless steel roasting hood – perfect for making mouth-watering meals that everyone will love.

Outdoor Kitchen additional features

You can also enjoy the convenience of teppanyaki-style cooking with our mild steel hotplate, which quickly and evenly dispenses. Featuring a unique, full width ribbon burner system, our cooktops benefit from uniform heat distribution, with no hot or cold spots – unlike typical BBQ’s. This means the entire cooking surface can be utilised, giving even and consistent results during every cook. The combination of these ribbon burners and the mild steel hotplate ensures a highly efficient cooking system, requiring a lower gas consumption than conventional burner systems and cast-iron cooking surfaces. It also features a flame failure system and separate fat container ensure that you’re cooking quickly yet safely – just turn a knob to ignite it every time.

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Clean up after cooking is simple thanks to the hotplate – easily scrape any remaining fat and grease into the fat trap for disposal. Further, for a deep clean, the hotplate can easily be removed entirely from the brace and replaced once cleaning is completed.

It’s also important to ensure that the appliances you select are designed specifically for outdoor use and can stand up to the elements. With our unique range of optional features and designer inclusions, we can create help you create the perfect Outdoor Kitchen for your outdoor space.

Outdoor Kitchen cooktop

Customise your Kitchen

Create the perfect alfresco cooking and dining experience with our roasting hood, grill plate, roast vegetable baskets, or facility for a drink’s fridge.

Sleek Sink and Tapware

Our high-quality stainless-steel sink and tapware effortlessly take you from preparation to clean up. Featuring a pull-out spray and 360° swivel, the mixer tap allows you to fully utilise the sink with ease. Available in stainless steel and matte black.

High Powered Wok Burner

Unleash your culinary creativity with our high-powered triple-ring wok burner. This quality stainless steel appliance has rapid heat distribution capabilities, ensuring that everything from fried rice to stir fry is cooked quickly and evenly. Completely integrated into your benchtop for an elegant look, you can fire up the flame in no time at all – just add food!

Outdoor Kitchen stainless steel appliances

Now that you have chosen your added features, it’s time to move on to the next step – the finishing touches.

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Finishing touches

Once the main components of your Outdoor Kitchen have been chosen, it’s time to add some finishing touches. Consider adding a bar area with seating, an outdoor lighting system to enhance the look and feel of your space after sunset, and any other elements that can make your outdoor kitchen complete.

Finally, add some stylish accents like cushioned chairs, colourful tablecloths, and light fixtures to complete the look. Plus, with a bit of creativity, your Outdoor Kitchen can be transformed into an inviting gathering space.

By adding these finishing touches to your outdoor kitchen, you’ll be able to make the most of your space and enjoy cooking and entertaining in style! So, if you’re ready to create your dream Outdoor Kitchen, we can help you. Fill in the free measure and quote form below this article.

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