Now that beautiful weather has arrived here in Minnesota, we are anxious to get outdoors — and stay there! What better way to enjoy the weather than by bringing your kitchen outdoors for the summer! From simple to luxurious, here are some fun ways to create a cooking, dining, and entertaining area right in your own backyard.
The Grill – Whether you prefer the old school charcoal method or the latest and greatest in gas grills, selecting a grill for your space is absolutely necessary to preparing and enjoying meals outdoors. If you’re space is smaller, consider adding a rolling cart or tall table nearby your freestanding grill to help with preparation space. If you’re looking to add a more elaborate backyard kitchen, then including a large built in grill along with stonework and a countertop area are a must. For true outdoor kitchen inspiration, look to Better Homes & Gardens here.
Outdoor Fireplaces – Not just for keeping warm, outdoor fireplaces and fire pits can add entertaining ambiance, give off evening light, or just provide a place for roasting marshmallows. If you’re building an outdoor kitchen, include one in the countertop arrangement to add height and variety to your luxury look. If you’re keeping things simple, purchase a small portable fire pit and surround it with inviting seating. For some beautiful ideas peak at these hgtv photos & these from BH&G.
Phantom Screens – Do you have a covered patio area off your house that extends into or includes your outdoor eating area? A phantom screen can be a great accent to your space. Designed to keep insects at bay, provide shade from directly sunlight glare, and enhance your patio privacy, these motorized screens are simple to use, providing benefits without blocking your outdoor view!
Heaters - No need to take the conversation inside on a relaxing evening just because the temperature drops a bit. Keep the outdoor ambiance strong and stay cozy at the same time with a portable outdoor heater. Heaters are also fabulous accents to poolside setups for guests who are damp and need some extra help warming up. Not sure what type of heater to get? Read more here from the experts at hgtv.
Bar Area – Classy and practical, an outdoor bar area means less running in and out of the house as guests need beverages. Affordable and decorative, you may want to use a simple rolling cart with drinks and glasses that you can maintain and restock each time you entertain outdoors. If a more elaborate bar is in your plans, you can either purchase an outdoor bar as a freestanding furniture piece, or build one into your luxury countertop cooking space. Houzz offers no shortage of outdoor bar ideas shown here.
Seating & Décor – Don’t forget to make your space visually appealing and comfortable as well. Make sure you have lots of cozy seating, and consider benches for fitting multiple guests in a smaller space. Add outdoor pillows as accents, and pots and vases in bright colors – and don’t forget freshly cut flowers from the garden! For more ideas on stylish touches for your space look to the inspiration of BH&G here.
Wishing you a beautiful season of cooking and entertaining while the weather is at it’s best!
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