4 Tips for Creating an Open Air Kitchen

Thinking about moving your kitchen outdoors? In this article, we'll tell you how to do it and the things you need to keep in mind to create the perfect environment.
4 Tips for Creating an Open Air Kitchen

Last update: 30 December, 2018

Having an open air kitchen can be a great way to enjoy time with friends in the fresh air. It’s a great alternative to consider if you have a house with a patio, terrace or garden. Having an open air kitchen will give your home that extra-special touch.

You’ll be able to enjoy good food with family and friends without having to keep going in and out of the main house. It’s a comfortable, practical and really unique alternative that you can use in your own home. Next, we’ll give you some tips and ideas you can use to create your own open air kitchen.

Open air kitchen

There are various different way to incorporate an open air kitchen into your home. You can add the kitchen to your main house, the garage, the patio, the terrace, or even in a corner of the garden. There are several factors you’ll need to keep in mind when it comes to choosing how and where to build your open air kitchen.

So, we’ll show you how to do it, and tell you which furniture and decorations are best for this type of kitchen.

1 – The indoor-outdoor kitchen

Add large windows and sliding doors to create an open air kitchen.

Turning your main kitchen into an open air kitchen can be a great idea. Ideally, it should be located on the first floor of your house, with direct access onto the patio or garden. To do this, you’ll need to install large windows with sliding doors. That way, you’ll be able open the windows fully and let in fresh air and natural light while you cook.

Plus, having direct access to the garden will give your kitchen a really unique and original feature. You’ll be surrounded by grass, trees and plants. If you want, you can have a dining room on your outdoor patio. That way, there’ll also be direct access between the kitchen and dining room, which is really practical.

2- Open air patio-kitchen

If your home has a patio, combining it with a kitchen might be a great option for you. Because it will be outside and directly exposed to the elements, you might want to find some way to cover it. Put up an awning or a pergola to shelter your kitchen and protect you from rain and the sun.

If you want, you can create a rustic-style kitchen for your patio. Installing stone, granite or brick counters can be a great option. Install a small sink and a grill, and combine it with a small dining room. That way, you’ll be able to create a more intimate and practical environment for you and your guests. Your beautiful open air kitchen will be a great place to spend time with family or friends.

3 – Garden kitchen

Use a pergola or awning to provide shelter for your open air patio-kitchen.

If you have a large garden with lots of empty corners, installing an open-air kitchen is a great option. Unlike a patio-kitchen, installing a kitchen in a corner of your garden will create a much more interesting environment.

You could lay a garden path to connect your home with your open-air kitchen. Plus, if you have a swimming pool in your garden, having an open-air kitchen right beside it is actually a really great idea. It’s best to build your open-air kitchen on a rigid platform or decking. Wooden or concrete flooring are both great options.

Garden furniture

It’s also best to buy furniture that can withstand adverse weather conditions. You can use granite, wood or concrete, for example, with a small sink and a hooded grill. If you want to add cupboards underneath your countertops, make sure that they are made of aluminum or wood treated with a sealant.

You could also include a steel table and chairs. This is a really strong, hard-wearing material that’ll look great in your outdoor space.

4 – Terrace kitchen

Having an open air kitchen will allow you to enjoy a warm summer's evening with friends.

One last option we’d like to tell you about is how you can incorporate your kitchen into your terrace. If you live in an apartment with a terrace, this can be a great way to enjoy some time outside in summer. Creating a U or L-shaped kitchen is a great way to maximize your space.

The most important thing is to make the most of all the available space while still making sure you can move around your kitchen.

Install a counter with a built-in sink, a table, and a small grill. Then you can add a small table and chairs to the center of your kitchen to incorporate a dining room into your patio space. You can also add an awning if you don’t already have one. This will give you a more private space in which you can cook and spend time with family and friends in the open air.

You can create your open-air kitchen however you want, depending on your taste and your means. Remember, be cautious, and make sure to choose the right furniture. You also need to consider the best place and to remember to create a practical space that won’t get in the way of anything else.

This will allow you to create a comfortable space where you can enjoy the fresh air and good food with your guests.

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