6 Exciting Ideas for Your Outdoor Kitchen

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Every year you swear you are going to build an outdoor kitchen. You know you will want to do a lot more entertaining and you won't have to exhaust yourself carrying everything you need back and forth from in your home's kitchen to the grill outside, if you can just get this kitchen built. This is finally the year you are going to do it, and you couldn't possibly be more excited. These ideas will help you create your perfect outdoor space.

  • Horseshoe Counter - Rather than have your back to your guests while you are grilling create a horseshoe-shaped breakfast bar and grilling area. Place the grill near one of the ends. Then you can position chairs all around the horseshoe area. 
  • Embedded Glass Concrete Counter - Cast concrete is a popular material used for outdoor counters. It is easy to maintain, and it can stand up against the elements. It's not necessarily the most attractive option though. So, if you use concrete consider having it enhanced with glass embeds. Choose from a wide variety of glass chips. If you are using varying sizes apply large, then medium, and finish with small. There are glow-in-the-dark chips, too.
  • Ethanol Fireplace for Outdoors - Since everyone will be gathering in this area, you might as well have an ethanol fireplace for outdoors to keep folks warm when the temperatures dip a little. Plus, a fire will go a long way in creating ambiance for your gathering.

Ethanol Fireplace for Outdoors

  • Shade - Standing in the hot sun can already be unbearable, but standing in front of a hot flame in the sun is even worse. An umbrella can be helpful if the sun is coming at you from an angle, but you don't necessarily want an umbrella directly over your grill. You could turn this space into a room-like environment with a gazebo or canopy tent, too. 
  • Dining Room Table - Dining outside actually can be quite elegant without looking like you are trying too hard. An old farm table with a distressed finish will pair nicely with vintage-inspired seating. Add the right table cloth and centerpiece, and you have a sophisticated yet surprisingly welcoming and laidback table for a formal gathering. 
  • Bar - If your goal is to avoid making countless trips inside, you might as well build a small bar, too. Even if you don't drink or serve alcohol, this can be a smoothing station or just used as a place to hold bottled water, coffee, juice, or punch.

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  • Brady Draper