FUNCTIONAL LANDSCAPING TIP #4 EVERYTHING AND THE KITCHEN SINK
One of ten tips to turn your backyard into a unique space
Healthy exercise in the outdoors will naturally produce a healthy appetite, but there is no reason you should have to retreat inside your house when mealtime approaches. In this case, incorporating an outdoor kitchen into your backyard landscaping can be a wise choice.
A gas or charcoal grill is the heart of the outdoor kitchen, while a variety of ready-made or custom components can be added, including refrigerators, dishwashers, sinks, cabinetry, lighting, heaters, and cooktops, to create a stylish and functional space during those months when you want to move the heart of your home outside.
To ensure these spaces stand up to the elements, stone or masonry products work best, while solid countertop surfaces (e.g. granite or quartz) resist water infiltration better than tile surfaces.
One of the latest trends is incorporating a smoker into your outdoor kitchen. These typically cook food slowly over many hours, which appeals to the chef who can patiently attend the meal while visiting or supervising children at play. The opposite end of the spectrum is a pizza oven, which cooks food very quickly at high temperatures. The only downside to incorporating a pizza oven into your outdoor kitchen is that you will not want use the oven inside your house ever again.
Originally published in Pools, Spas & Patios - 2017 Annual Issue.
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