Here’s the Newest Trend: Outdoor Kitchens

If cooking outside is a big part of your summer routine, an outdoor kitchen is the best investment and one of the newest trends! An outdoor kitchen is more than just a place for grilling. It can also be a center for backyard fun, from family barbecues to summer cocktail parties. Your outdoor kitchen should accommodate how you will use the space and easily integrate it into your backyard. Transforming your backyard or patio into a beautiful outdoor living space is easy with Arbeen Landscaping. Here are some backyard-covered outdoor kitchen ideas for the best outdoor kitchen in 2021! They are for sure to inspire your decor! 

Backyard Covered Outdoor Kitchen Ideas 

Here are some backyard-covered outdoor kitchen ideas that you can implement into your backyard! 

Canopies 

The canopy is the easiest, most versatile, and least expensive option to install. Outdoor kitchen canopies can play a double role: they protect diners from the elements and also can be used to accent the dining area space. Canopies offer multiple styles and sizes from which you can choose. For example, a sturdy, sizable metal canopy can double the size of your outdoor kitchen area and provide a permanence that lasts through areas with unpredictable climates. You can also choose a trendier canopy with striking architectural features to define the room. 

Gazebos 

Although they are used interchangeably with “pergola,” gazebos are noticeably different because they have a round shape. The most traditional type of gazebo is in the form of an octagon with a domed roof that is supported by eight symmetrical pillared columns. Gazebos are traditionally made of wood, but many manufacturers today build metal gazebos. Most metal gazebos are made from metal frames with metal roofs and metal frames with tented canvas roofs. 

Pergolas 

A pergola is like a canopy but with more of an Italian look. Pergolas provide a sophisticated option for outdoor kitchen designs. A pergola is a garden feature forming a shaded walkway, passageway, or sitting area of vertical posts or pillars that usually support cross-beams and a sturdy open lattice, often upon which woody vines are trained. Wood is the classic material for pergolas. As a type of gazebo, it may also be an extension or serve as protection for an open terrace or a link between pavilions. Aluminum pergolas are also available, but they tend to be strongly minimal in design and fit best in a modern backyard or patio environment (unlike the Mediterranean look of the traditional wood). 

Other Options 

If you’re looking for much more coverage and protection or are not ready to fully commit to the exposed elements, there are other options to use without a fully outdoor room. For example, an enclosed or screened-in porch gives you an outdoor view of the backyard and scenery but provides both a full-coverage and protection for your outdoor kitchen appliances. A transition room is an excellent option if you want the comforts of the indoors but with the outdoor environment feel. To note with these transition rooms is that you will need to include ventilation for your outdoor kitchen designs. This element needs to be included in the building phase to ensure safety and comfort for you and your guests. 

Things to Remember About Outdoor Kitchens

When it comes to backyard-covered outdoor kitchen ideas, there are many from which you can choose. But it is also essential to keep these in mind: 

Electricity 

You should consider the electrical needs for your outdoor kitchen covering. A popular trend is to add lighting to enhance the design of your roof and allow you to entertain guests in the evening. Or, if you live in a hot climate, install ceiling fans to keep the air moving away from your cooking appliances on summer days. Additionally, you might want to consider wiring for a sound system or an outdoor TV hookup. Keep in mind that the electricity will come from your house, so make sure you have space for circuits. There are many creative ways to cover or disguise wiring to keep your outdoor kitchen looking sleek. 

Rain and Snow

Make sure to remember that roofs collect rainwater that will naturally flow downhill. You will want to include some sort of guttering system with your outdoor kitchen covering to direct the water away from your house and outdoor appliances. 

Benefits of Having Covered Outdoor Kitchen Designs 

Some of the many benefits of having outdoor kitchens are added space, state-of-the-art cooking facilities, and ideal entertaining. Still, a few uncontrollable factors can hold you back, such as the weather. Installing a covering for your outdoor kitchen adds an immediate protection layer from the elements. An easy canopy or porch can protect guests from a rain shower. A sturdy pergola can also provide shade on those perfect and cloudless sunny days and prevent sunburn and heat exhaustion. Outdoor kitchen coverings can also offer shelter from high winds, especially breezy spring days. Whether you choose a gazebo, pergola, or enclosed porch, you cannot go wrong in selecting some sort of coverage for your new outdoor kitchen. Some other benefits of having an outdoor kitchen are: Suitable for entertaining: A top benefit of having an outdoor kitchen is the perfect space for entertaining. When you grill food out on the patio, guests can gather around the BBQ grill and socialize as you prepare dinner.Increases your home’s value: When you have a functional outdoor kitchen, you have an investment you can use and enjoy for many years to come. Save on utility bills: When you are grilling outside during the summer, your air conditioner will not have to work overtime to keep your house cool. When you bake, fry, roast, and broil foods in your inside kitchen, the temperature in your home elevates several degrees, which kicks the AC into overdrive. Keep smells outside: Cooking food outdoors can help your house stay fresh smelling all day! Expand your living space: If you have a patio, you are all set to bring in appliances and have the outdoor kitchen of your dreams. Improve the taste of healthier food: Not only does grilling enhance the taste of food, but this cooking technique is also better for your waistline as well! Because fat drips off of meats when grilled, the result will be healthier and contain fewer calories from fat. Save money on restaurant meals: When you have your little patio cooking and dining area in your backyard, why would you want to go out to a restaurant to eat? Eating out at restaurants can drain your bank account pretty quickly, especially if you go out to eat regularly. Every time you opt to dine at home rather than go out for a night on the town, you keep dollars in your wallet. If you need more inspiration for your outdoor kitchen, visit our outdoor living areas page for some ideas that will make your patio unique! We don’t just create outdoor kitchens; we create unique living spaces that you’ll enjoy with family and friends. Contact us today to see how you can make the outdoor kitchen area of your dreams!