outdoor kitchenAdding an outdoor kitchen can transform your backyard and virtually expand your livable space overnight. However, if you want your outdoor kitchen to be more than just an aesthetic addition, you need to plan carefully to make it functional throughout the year. Here are a few things to consider before you start.

Covering Your Space

Deciding whether you want your outdoor kitchen to be covered or not is extremely important. A covered outdoor kitchen will provide some relief from heat during the summer, but will also keep your outdoor kitchen appliances safe from weather during the rest of the year. You don’t have to cover the space completely to achieve this affect. In fact, you can build a durable pergola using lightweight faux wood beams and slats, which will allow some sunlight to come through. You can also use a retractable canopy or patio umbrella to make the most of your space.

Storage Space

The goal of your outdoor kitchen is being able to cook and eat outside without having to carry a ton of stuff from inside. To do this, you need to make sure that you have plenty of storage space outdoors, along with a roomy countertop, so you can work without having to run in and out. Of course, your cabinets need to match the style of your house, but they must also be properly sealed for the outdoors. If under cover, stained and sealed hardwood cabinets are the best solution for solving both these problems.  Stainless steel access doors are the most durable type of cabinet door if they will be exposed to weather. For more help with designing your outdoor kitchen, make sure to visit Volterra online and learn how faux wood building materials and natural hardwoods can make your life easier and add to the overall feel of your expanded living space.