Sure, the calendar still says March, but we’re almost through that already—and that’s when things in the Seattle area start getting pretty nice. In May, June, July, and August, the temperatures start climbing; the precipitation tapers off, and the number of hours of sunshine increase dramatically.
That’s when people in the area like to get out and enjoy more time outside—even to eat. One way to make the most out of those glorious outdoor months is by enhancing your Seattle patio with an outdoor kitchen. Why create a kitchen on your patio?
Everybody wants to be able to enjoy being outside in the warm weather months—including the cook! An outdoor kitchen can put all the convenience of indoor cooking at your disposal—without confining the “chef” to solitary confinement in the house. Here are just a few of the amenities you might want to consider.
- Grill: It’s pretty obvious that you’re going to want to have a good grill on the patio to cook up your culinary creations. But nobody really enjoys staring at the grill when it’s not in use. Enclosing it in a permanent “kitchen” setting makes the space feel more like a room without walls.
- Sink: Often it’s really nice to have a sink for preparing food, rinsing vegetables, and even washing a pan or a utensil while preparing your meal. Instead of having to run back indoors to do that, you can take care of those tasks right next to the grill.
- Refrigerator: You may not need a full-sized refrigerator on your patio, but having a small one built into the outdoor kitchen can be awfully convenient. Keep meat and vegetables cool until they’re ready to be used. Plus, it’s nice to have a place to keep wine, beer, or other beverages cold without hauling a cooler out to the patio.
- Storage: With a permanent outdoor kitchen you can build in storage space for utensils, pots and pans, and even seasonings so that you don’t have to retrieve them from the indoor kitchen when you need them. You can even store “outdoor” service ware if you want.
All of those things can enhance your enjoyment of cooking and eating outside during the warm weather months. Of course, it’s also extremely important that your patio itself is properly installed. It’s not fun eating at an outdoor table where the food slides to one end because the patio isn’t level. So make sure whoever builds your outdoor kitchen has experience with installing level surfaces so you don’t end up with grilled salmon on your lap!
If you want to gather some ideas and get at least a budget range for creating an outdoor kitchen, I’d encourage you to “Talk to Rob!”and get a little guidance. In just 10 minutes you can learn about some design trends, identify a budget range for your project, and get some guidance about the best approach—even if that approach doesn’t involve using us! There’s no obligation!
Warmer, drier weather is coming. An outdoor kitchen is one way you can make the most of it!