The Outdoor Kitchen Evolves – 5 tips for creating the ultimate in al fresco dining.

May 02,14 Karen Zieba
The Outdoor Kitchen Evolves – 5 tips for creating the ultimate in al fresco dining.

The outdoor kitchen has evolved.

Outdoor cooking is as American as baseball and apple pie.  But a lot has changed since the humble fires of the cowboy and hot coals in the Weber grill.  Today’s outdoor chef is looking to create the ultimate al fresco dining experience.  Here are five tips on how to help you bring your outdoor vision to life. 

Tip 1:  Have an understanding of how you want to use your outdoor kitchen for preparing meals.

Do you want your outdoor kitchen to be autonomous from your indoor kitchen?
Do you like others to be involved in meal preparation?
What type of cooking do you plan to do?  Grilling? Pizza-making?

Tip 2:  Create the ambiance you seek by defining conversation and dining areas.

Would you like your guests to mingle with you while you prepare the meal? Consider an island with bar seating.
Do you imagine serving your meals at an elegantly appointed table complete with decorative centerpiece? Include a pergola or roof in your design to create a separate dining area.

Create the ultimate al fresco experience.

Tip 3: Take advantage of picturesque views.

Be deliberate in designing your space to capitalize on what’s beautiful about your home’s setting.  Do you have a great view of the water?  A gorgeous swimming pool? An amazing garden or unique landscaping?


Capitalize on great views.

Tip 4: Select low-maintenance materials designed to withstand the elements.

Premium stainless steel appliances are easy to clean and corrosion resistant.
Natural stone or glazed tile are excellent choices for countertops.
Remember, darker surfaces will absorb heat and show dust.
Flooring and decking choices near the grill should be resistant to grease stains.  Don’t be afraid to mix flooring materials.

Outdoor kitchen with stainless grill and natural stone countertop by Zieba Builders


Tip 5: Add extra touches for ultimate comfort.

  • An outdoor fireplace would be wonderful for those evenings when it can get a bit chilly or windy.
  • Install a surround sound system for musical entertainment.

Outdoor fireplace reduces the chill.

By considering these simple tips, you can create the ultimate al fresco dining experience. Over the years, Zieba Builders has designed many luxury outdoor kitchens and entertaining spaces tailored to fit each homeowner’s lifestyle. Contact us today to discuss your outdoor space and together we will create a design that is perfect for you!


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