Cooking outside can be a wonderful alternative to the daily routine of preparing meals in the home. The openness of the outdoors can bring a refreshing feel to the everyday family dinner adding a festive air to the mundane. Nowadays an outdoor kitchen can mean so much more than just a barbecue and a cooler of soda. While the majority of modern outdoor kitchens still have a grill as the central fixture, most have evolved into an extension of the home’s living space.
Many people would like to incorporate into their design the same conveniences they have inside, if not more. Custom outdoor kitchens can consist of wine chillers, under counter refrigerators, pizza ovens, wet bars, fireplaces, side burners, smokers, warming drawers and even roasting spits. But before you get bogged down by the costs, there are a variety of simple (and inexpensive) ways to create an outdoor entertainment center without breaking the bank.
Consider purchasing a pre-made outdoor grill island or bar-style structure. This can help to eliminate what can be costly custom improvements like concrete countertops and stone bases. It’s also a great solution for homeowners who would like to take the grilling station with them for a future home.
Don’t overestimate the importance of stylish but inexpensive decor, which plays an important supporting role.