by Janice Anderssen
Outdoor kitchens are a growing trend, as homeowners look outdoors to extend living space. A well-designed outdoor kitchen can become the perfect feature in an outdoor entertainment area.
South Africans enjoy any opportunity to get outdoors for a braai, and an outdoor kitchen allows you the freedom to move all your indoor cooking activities outdoors. With a budget in mind of what you can afford, you can design an outdoor kitchen that includes a charcoal or gas grill, and perhaps even include more extravagant items such as a bar fridge for outdoor entertaining and a hand basin for cleaning vegetables and washing dishes.
Building your own outdoor kitchen is a great way to extend your living space and to entertain at your leisure. While summertime is definitely the season for outdoor living, a well-designed outdoor kitchen will allow you to cook throughout the year.
One of the biggest new trends for outdoor kitchens is the combination of organic materials when installing an outdoor kitchen. Concrete and raw timber, especially reclaimed timber, provide an easy way to create a functional outdoor kitchen that is the centrepiece of any outdoor entertainment area.
Decide on a suitable location for your outdoor kitchen, preferably close to your indoor kitchen, and use materials that complement the style of your home and fit nicely into your landscaping or garden design. Unless you have a shady spot in which to build an outdoor kitchen, make sure you are able to provide suitable roofing for shade and shelter.
GOOD TO KNOW: Take into consideration that, if you are adding elements that require electrical points or lighting and plumbing for water, the kitchen will need to be located close to existing supply lines for these services, especially if you want to keep the costs of building an outdoor kitchen as low as possible.
The trend for outdoor kitchens is all about extending living areas to be able to gather together family and friends. From rustic, farmhouse style outdoor kitchens to edgy industrial design, you can choose a style that complements your indoor living spaces with a variety of finishes from