A common use for a patio in Maryland is for building an outdoor kitchen. And North American Deck & Patio can help you design and build a beautiful outdoor kitchen your entire family will enjoy. Our skillful Maryland patio contractors know how to make the best use of your available space, turning even the most challenging landscape into an attractive and functional outdoor space.
Why Build an Outdoor Kitchen
To some, an outdoor kitchen may seem like an unnecessary luxury. But it actually doesn’t have to be very expensive, and it can be much more than something to show off to your friends or neighbors. For a family that loves to cook or entertain, an outdoor kitchen is a place where you’ll be spending a great deal of your summer, and probably even some fall evenings. Here is what makes an outdoor kitchen so great:
- It’s a convenient, stand-alone place to cook outdoors: no need to constantly run back into the house for spices, washing your hands or grabbing a utensil.
- It adds value to your Maryland home, making it more attractive to future home buyers.
- When designed properly, it allows the cook to interact with others and enjoy the party, rather than being isolated to his or her duties.
Basic Components of an Outdoor Kitchen
Outdoor Kitchen Patio
Any outdoor kitchen requires a level and heat-resistant surface, which can be achieved by building a paver or natural stone patio. It’s crucial to choose the right location for the patio: it should be easily accessible from your home, as well as other points of interest in your backyard, such as the pool.
If you have just a few opportunities to splurge on your new outdoor kitchen, splurge on cooking appliances. Get a grill that is big enough to easily feed your entire family in a single setting. Love hosting large parties? Maybe you could use an additional set of burners to keep those burgers coming. Other outdoor cooking appliances to consider include a smoker and a pizza oven. Everything else in your outdoor kitchen will be built around these items, so choose them wisely.
Counter and Storage
You can’t have too much counter space! So plan your outdoor kitchen with enough room for food prep. And take advantage of that under-counter space as well. We can help you turn it into storage for pots and pans, glasses, plates, utensils, spices, napkins, towels, and virtually everything you need to comfortably cook outdoors.
Seating and Dining
If you cook outside, you probably intend to eat outside as well. Your dining area could be right behind your grill, or it could be on a separate patio closer to your pool or your home. We could even build a large island for you to be used as a table if you want extra storage. In addition to traditional dining, it may also be a good idea to add a bar counter where your guest can hang out while you cook. It could also be used for informal meals, such as morning coffee or lunch.
There are numerous other features you can include in your outdoor kitchen. Contact us for a consultation to talk about how we can help you turn your outdoor kitchen dreams into reality.
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