If you are looking for a truly versatile and functional outdoor kitchen, look no further than the kitchens from Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet. Kalamazoo recognized that an outdoor kitchen increases the value of a home by expanding the livable space and adding to the home’s amenities. Return on investment can be even greater if this outdoor kitchen includes the components required to qualify as a second kitchen in real estate terms. To meet this growing trend and to compliment its excellent grills, Kalamazoo offers refrigeration, wine chillers and keg tappers in 15-, 24-, 48- and 72-inch widths, providing designers and homeowners with utmost flexibility.
Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet saw the outdoor kitchen trend coming more than seven years ago, introducing outdoor wok cooktops and weather-tight cabinets to compliment their innovative grills. As the trend recently grew stronger, the company developed a fully modular outdoor kitchen system. The collection includes more than 75 components, including 25+ outdoor refrigeration products, 20+ cabinet designs, a pizza oven, wok cooktops, lobster boiler, martini bar and the company’s flagship hybrid grills, which cook with charcoal, wood and gas all at the same time.
Kalamazoo goes even further, offering outdoor kitchen planning and design support, and delivers computer drawings that help homeowners visualize their kitchen and make planning easier for the professionals involved in the project. Below, are a few suggestions Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet offers to those who may be new to outdoor kitchen design.
- Plan the entire outdoor entertaining space as part of a single functional plan. Consider the flow of traffic from cooking to dining to seating areas as well as access to and from the house.
- Don’t isolate the cook from the rest of the party. Create opportunities for interaction and conversation within the outdoor kitchen as well as between the kitchen and other areas.
- Decide how full-service you want the outside kitchen to be, i.e., refrigeration, storage, seating, etc. Considering the relationship between the indoor kitchen and outdoor kitchen. How will they be used together when cooking or entertaining? Space, traffic flow and budget will determine what equipment needs to be incorporated outdoors.
- Select low-maintenance materials to withstand the elements and make cleaning the kitchen easier. High quality stainless steel provides a sanitary surface and is corrosion-resistant in harsh environments. Counters and patio/decking material should be highly resistant to grease stains. Natural stone counters work well in outdoor conditions and some may require sealing periodically. There are also durable and Eco-friendly options such as recycled glass or other materials in a cement matrix.
- Extend the outdoor entertaining season with heaters, shade and rain shelter. Radiant heat under the patio and counter tops is a luxury option, while portable propane patio heaters are an easy and fine solution for more modest budgets. Consider pergolas and awnings for shade and rain protection in both cooking and dining
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Posted in Outdoor Kitchens at October 18, 2008 10:51 AM
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