Posted on June 29, 2017
Posted on June 29, 2017
If you have outdoor kitchen space, then you no doubt want to entertain at one point or another. Even if it’s just your close friends and family, you’ll want to make sure that the space is inviting, functional, and well designed. There’s nothing worse than having open spaces that are cluttered, hard to navigate and not conducive to entertaining. It’s for that reason why you may want to look into a few ideas that can help you entertain in the warmer months, and gather anyone you’d like for lunch, dinner, or even brunch. The following ideas can help spark a few creative elements even if you’re not sure what you want to do with the outdoor area you have right now.
The Functional Side
Before you get to the landscaping, think about the functional elements that you need for the space. This includes tables, grill, chairs, mantel, and other elements that can help you literally cook, serve, and entertain. Once you have these ideas in mind, you can start to work around the many elements and plug in plants, green options, and more. Do not go into a design mode without thinking function. It’s easy to get carried away with the greener elements and forget about function, making a crowded, awkward entertainment area.
As you move along with the right elements for your design, make sure that you consider outdoor appliances. As stated above, function has to be considered here. That is something that is going to make or break what you want to do with your outdoor entertainment areas. You’ll want to consider a gas grill, prefabricated outdoor use islands, utensils that can be cleaned easily, sinks, and water supply, as well as refrigeration units, and any storage options for drinks, etc. This is just the starting line of outdoor options you need to consider.
As you look at landscaping, you’ll need to look at an offshoot of it as well. Hardscaping is going to be needed because you’ll need a path, flooring, and other elements that use brick, metal, and wire. This will help you with the functional side of things, allowing your square footage to increase, and be housed with an outdoor kitchen concept. These options will help with the walkways, the accents, and even shade for when the summer’s sun is bright.
The Green Element
Now that you’ve started to think of the functional side of things, you may want to look into the green side. Consider pots, plants that are easy to water, and are easy to maintain, as well as grass surrounding the walking paths and different areas. Plant small trees and shrubs to help with shade, and give you balance. Don’t put too many flowers around, however, as that could attract bees, and you don’t want to be swatting away pests when you’re trying to eat. Landscaping should accent the warmth and inviting backyard space you have, which requires a functional side of things first. Once you iron out the functional elements of this landscaping project, the rest will become a bit easier to manage, and you can invite people over.