A well-designed outdoor kitchen will make it easier for you to dine and entertain family and friends and maximize the use of your backyard all year round. Here are some essential design elements of an outdoor kitchen to create a beautiful extension to your home.

  1. Resilient Materials
    The most important element of an outdoor kitchen is choosing materials that are able to withstand climate and weather conditions. Materials such as stainless steel, stone or tile are popular outdoor kitchen options as they are durable, easy to clean and recommended for exterior use. Choose a hardwearing and waterproof floor or deck that allows you to easily sweep up any spills or outdoor mess.
  2. Streamlined Design
    Your building materials and appliances should coincide with the design of your indoor kitchen for a streamlined flow from the indoor to outdoor areas of your home.
  3. Secure Storage Space
    Outdoor kitchens usually consist of a variety of appliances such as a refrigerator, pizza oven, cooktop, grill or bar and it is important to protect them from the outdoors to prolong their life. Create a hide-away barbeque and covered storage where you can easily pack away all of your appliances. If your outdoor kitchen is located away from your interior kitchen, plan for a built-in storage space for all of your cooking utensils to minimize clutter.
  4. Overhead Shelter
    For protection from the summer sun, build a shelter over your outdoor kitchen while ensuring it still allows heat and cooking fumes to escape. This will help to shield your cooking area from harsh weather conditions and let you enjoy the warm weather for longer.
  5. Adequate Lighting
    In an outdoor kitchen you need to plan for varying levels of light. If you plan to cook at night install task and ambient lighting to accommodate for after-dark cooking and entertaining.
  6. Comfortable Dining Space
    A dining space with comfy furniture and seating is essential in an outdoor kitchen as it allows you to enjoy the alfresco dining atmosphere. Incorporating an island with bar stools or dining area with comfy lounge chairs lets you relax in the warm weather of your expanded living space.

If you need help planning your outdoor kitchen, Harrington Kitchens can work with you to design the kitchen of your dreams, for your backyard space, budget and style. Here at Harrington Kitchens, our professional designers and builders will work together to create the perfect kitchen for you and your family.

Harrington Kitchens offers a wide variety of kitchen design and styles including:

For more information on our various kitchen designs, please visit our Gallery. Our Gallery brings together a selection of our custom kitchen designs ranging from traditional to contemporary kitchens. Each kitchen style has the flexibility to work in any home environment and can be designed to suit all tastes and budgets.

The entire Harrington Kitchens team is focused on designing kitchens that utilise premium materials and offer each and every customer the highest level of service. Harrington Kitchens partners with the best quality kitchen suppliers within the kitchen manufacturing industry and employs experienced and professional tradesmen to ensure the longevity of your custom designed kitchen.

For a free quote and free design consultation
Please contact us at Harrington Kitchens on (02) 4647 4474 or submit an online enquiryAlternatively you are welcome to visit the Harrington Kitchens Showroom at 12 Graham Hill Road Narellan NSW or 5 Old Hume Highway, Mittagong NSW.

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