San Diego Outdoor Kitchens
are a beautiful addition to any patio, especially if you live in San Diego County. Homeowners have always appreciated the experience of cooking, dining and entertaining guests outdoors. Not long ago, that meant numerous trips to and from the house, cooking on a small grill, and very little working space to prepare the meal.
Increasingly, however, homeowners are extending their outdoor living area to include the comforts and conveniences of their home. Manufacturers have come out with a wide array of products to facilitate this: large capacity barbecues that make cooking easier, pizza ovens, refrigerators and sinks. There is something for almost any budget, and even the most modest upgrades can greatly improve your outdoor kitchen designs.
Ideas For Outdoor Kitchens
When trying to decide what type of outdoor kitchen you would like to have in your backyard, consider your family’s needs.
- How often will you be using your barbecue?
- Will you be serving your meals inside or out?
- What is your budget?
These are all questions that you need to think over before calling in a landscape design company. If your budget is small, consider building in stages. It’s often possible to start out small with the idea of adding on later. For instance, build a simple attached counter with a barbecue now and see how often you end up eating outdoors. If you find that you enjoy this outdoor experience, you can extend the counter and perhaps add a pizza oven or sink and refrigerator. It is also possible to install a prefabricated, all-in-one unit, which may include a refrigerator and a sink. Some outdoor kitchen kits include overhead structures with lights.
Consider the size of your yard when planning your outdoor kitchen. A large barbecue with a sink and refrigerator in a small yard might look out of place. If you have an enormous backyard with only a tiny portion devoted to your outdoor dining area, that too may seem out of proportion.
If you grill only occasionally, an elaborate outdoor kitchen that is mostly idle may inspire buyer’s remorse.
To ensure that you’ll appreciate your outdoor kitchen for years to come, take your time making decisions about where you would like your outdoor dining area to be located and in choosing the materials to build it with. Select a building material that will blend in well with the surrounding landscape. Masonry surfaces almost always look right with foliage and plant materials. Some of the most popular materials to use are brick, tile, stone, concrete and stucco.
Some homeowners can build a simple DIY outdoor kitchen themselves if they have masonry experience. But your time may be more valuable than the extra money to hire a pro. If you can only spare a few hours per week, this project may end up taking you an entire summer.
Outdoor kitchens are just another example of the many landscaping elements that can be added to your home’s landscape and garden design. With hundreds of styles, textures, colors and plants to choose from, there is no limit to the potential that your property has. We have an A+ rating with the San Diego Better Business Bureau and have many references available upon request. Call today for a free estimate on outdoor kitchens
in San Diego, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Chula Vista, La Jolla, Coronado and all nearby cities in San Diego County.