Outdoor kitchens are a fun and convenient way to bring the party outdoors. Whether you are entertaining guests or just cooking for your family, outdoor kitchens allow you to enjoy your garden while preparing a meal. One common element of an outdoor kitchen is the outdoor island; very similar to an island you would install in your home. Here are some things to consider when designing an outdoor island.
First, consider what the purpose of your outdoor island will be. Will it be your primary cooking spot in a small space, or will it be an additional feature to your existing outdoor kitchen? What appliances do you want to include in your outdoor island? How much counter space do you need? Do you want to provide room for a raised bar or seating for guests? Luckily, an outdoor island can be custom made to meet all your needs.
There are many different outdoor kitchen appliances you can install in your outdoor island; the most common of which is a grill. Other appliances that can be useful in an outdoor island are outdoor sinks, refrigerators, side burners, and ice chests. You can even install pizza ovens, dishwashers, or wine chillers in an outdoor island if you wish! Make sure all appliances are outdoor rated and waterproof before installing them.
Choosing the finishes for your outdoor island is also an important part of the design. Stone, brick, and plaster are all common materials used for the body of an outdoor island. Try to choose something that will complement the color of your house. Granite and concrete are great options for countertops, and can come in a variety of colors. Consider using lighting under bar countertops to highlight your choice of stone or brick.
Whether you choose to design a small outdoor island with only an outdoor grill, or an extravagant outdoor island with all the amenities, there is no doubt you will enjoy cooking and entertaining outdoors!