Tips for a functional and stunning outdoor kitchen

Phantom Screens / August 4, 2016

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The summer months are filled with BBQs and many get-togethers with friends, calling for an increased use of your outdoor kitchen. If you’re going to create perfectly grilled burgers, delicious ribs or veggies fresh from the grill, you don’t want to be running back and forth between the indoors and outdoors. Your outdoor kitchen should have everything you need to put together an exceptional meal for family and friends. Here are a few ideas to get you inspired to make over your cooking/grilling zone on your luxurious patio.

Make sure your kitchen has all the stops

While your outdoor kitchen doesn’t have to be as extensive as the one indoors, it should still have all of the necessary spaces in order to cook an entire meal. Make sure there is a prep, cooking and serving area to make it easy for you to do everything outside on your patio.

Install a bar top

If you have to entertain guests and cook the food at the same time, both can be made easy by adding a bar top to your outdoor kitchen. This allows your guests to come over and grab a seat to talk while you prepare the food. They can even watch all the cooking action right from their stool. This bar top also gives you extra space for a prep area.

Incorporate steel

A modern-looking patio is a popular style, and for good reason. An accent of steel gives a fresh and sleek look and allows you to accessorize with splashes of any color you choose. Stainless steel counters or bar stools are also a great fit in any outdoor kitchen.

Have a mini fridge

Nobody wants to keep going inside to retrieve food from the refrigerator. Therefore, a mini fridge is a very functional appliance to install in your outdoor kitchen, giving you a way to keep any meat cold and out of the sun while you prepare the rest of the meal too. Guests will also love that it keeps their beverages icy cold.

Keep the bugs away

Nobody wants annoying bugs hovering over the food as it’s being prepared. An easy way to fix this is with retractable insect screens. Phantom’s screens provide natural ventilation as well as protection from insects, all while still allowing you and your guests to enjoy the fresh air and the views that the great outdoors has to offer. With a screened-in kitchen, your food can stay bug-free and you won’t have to worry about shooing insects away.

Seclude your grill

By putting your grill in a secluded area like a garden nook or near a great view, you can enjoy a mini destination while you flip burgers and prepare the food. The great views and cozy location will make cooking more enjoyable.

Add a roof to your grill

If the weather decides to turn on you during a party, you can still continue to cook up your food if you’ve added a roof over your grill. This allows for all-weather cooking to protect you and your burgers and hot dogs from a sudden downpour.

Incorporate color

Your cooking area and prep space should be just as beautiful as the rest of your patio. Adding accessories with a few potted plants, funky lights or bright wall decor will make your cooking area more appealing.

Keep your dining area close by

It’s a good idea to design your patio so that your dining area is close to the outdoor kitchen. This not only gives your guests a spot to hang out while you cook, it makes it easy to transfer food from the grill straight onto the table.