Alfresco kitchens have long been popular in the warm climate of Australia, and the trend of al fresco cooking is becoming increasingly popular in the cooler climates of Europe. In fact, Scandinavians embrace cooking alfresco even in the coldest months, and the trend is slowly making its way to Australia. Below are ideas, designs and tips for a perfect alfresco kitchen.
Consider an overhead covering
Barbecuing has been popular for a long time but demands for covered outdoor kitchens soar in recent years, according to experts. The beauty of a solid structure overhead is that you can plan garden parties without consulting the weather forecast. The best outdoor kitchens provide ample food preparation space and work surface for pots, crockery and utensils, as well as seating.
Entertain at an outdoor cocktail bar
Give your entertaining a cocktail-bar buzz, without leaving home. A garden bar to make greater use of outside space is highly recommended. A bar takes up a lot less space than a dining area. Select key fittings, such as an outdoor wine fridge or sink, then build the bar around these. Choose materials that can withstand year-round exposure. A well-sealed natural stone top and treated wood cladding can be the one for you.
Find a Budget Outdoor Kitchen
Once you’ve worked out your budget, shop around to find a range that’s right for you. Look for a range of affordable outdoor kitchen products with matching garden furniture to complete the look.
Narrow down your cooking style
Whatever your preferred cooking method is, there’s something for you. Choose from an outdoor kitchen BBQ, pizza oven, hob, grill or a combination of them all.
Position a Preparation Area
Make sure that you have ample space for food preparation. You won’t want to have to walk back and forth to the kitchen or garden table with all your food in tow. Be sure to keep cooked and uncooked food separate so as not to contaminate one another.
Choose a Weatherproof Countertop
Your outdoor kitchen is going to be exposed to all weather conditions, so it’s important to choose a suitable material for your work surface. Avoid wood, and go for concrete or stainless steel instead. You could use stone tiles, slabs or flagstones, too, but they should be treated with an acrylic sealer. This will make them more weather resistant and easier to clean.
We provide high-quality new kitchens and tailor-made detailed joinery to meet our customers’ exact requirements and can work with a range of differently sized spaces for your convenience.
We at Trim Joinery believe that detail is everything for your perfect alfresco kitchen. Our flawless attention to detail starts with providing our clients with detailed product knowledge and most importantly listening to what they want and offering design ideas if they aren’t quite sure how to maximise the use of their space.
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