Must haves for South Shore (Boston Area) Outdoor Kitchens
An outdoor kitchen is the perfect way to maximize your Boston, MA outdoor space. Food always tastes better when eaten outdoors in the fresh air, so there are few better ways to entertain that to gather everyone around for conversation, laughter and great dining. Outdoor kitchens can range from a simple setup consisting of a grill and a few chairs clustered around a fire pit, to a full-on kitchen with an outdoor sink and refrigerator. Let’s look at some of the elements you might need to turn your South Shore outdoor kitchen into a rival for your indoor one.
First Things First
When setting up an outdoor kitchen, the first thing you’re going to need is something to cook with. This is usually a grill that is permanently installed on a grill island. Gas and propane models are popular because they are powerful and cheap to run. However, you will need to either have a gas line installed or purchase refillable propane tanks. As an alternative, charcoal grills create the most amazing flavors. However, they do require a little longer to get going.
The grill islands themselves can be made from a variety of materials. Concrete wallstones from Unilock are some of the sturdiest materials on the market, and are available in a wide range of authentic colors, textures and design styles. They are also heat resistant, durable, and extremely low maintenance – ideal for being effectively incorporated into your beautiful outdoor kitchen.
Location, Location, Location
This is arguably the most crucial factor when it comes to planning an outdoor kitchen. You’ll want to position your grill so that it doesn’t engulf your home in smoke when you fire it up, but you’ll also want it easily accessible to your indoor kitchen if you’ll be carrying food and crockery back and forth. A safe and convenient passage from your outdoor kitchen to your indoor one is important, as you are likely to be going back and forth frequently, especially if you have many guests over. Lastly, consider your view. You don’t want the kitchen obscuring the best elements of your backyard, but at the same, a great view from your outdoor kitchen can make outdoor cooking all the more enjoyable. It may help to place vertical elements such as fireplaces and pizza ovens off to one side to ensure a clear and enjoyable vista.
Check out this related read for more on matching your patio and walkway pavers to your grill island and other vertical elements!
There is no point cooking amazing food outdoors, then rushing inside to eat it. Put some beautiful furniture near your outdoor kitchen so everyone can relax and enjoy their amazing cuisine. Make sure there is plenty of seating and a table area. Outdoor lighting can also be incorporated to maximize the dining experience. To ensure seating is always accessible and convenient, permanent seating is always an option.
Consider having a refrigerator installed in your outdoor kitchen. This is great for storing meat and drinks, which will limit your trips indoors. Speaking of drinks, if enjoying a cold one or a glass of wine while you cook outdoors sounds appealing, why not have your outdoor kitchen fitted with a beer tap or wine cabinet?
The title image features an outdoor kitchen paved with Brussels Block, with complementary Brussels Dimensional Stone verticals.