How to Fit an Outdoor Kitchen into a Small Backyard

Posted on Thursday, August 27th, 2015 by Arch City Granite

It’s entirely possible to expand your living and entertaining options to the backyard by creating an outdoor kitchen for smaller spaces. Compact, portable equipment makes grilling and barbecuing outside much more convenient and enjoyable. Plenty of options for the necessities are available, and even with limited space, you’ll be able to execute a functional and appealing area.

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    High angle view of a man cooking meat on a gas BBQ standing in the sunshine on a paved outdoor patio at the summer kitchen preparing for guests with a table and chairs with a garden umbrella alongside
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    Consider selecting a portable grill that has multiple cooking racks. Grills on wheels are easy to move and when you’re not using it, it’s easy to tuck it out of the way into a corner of your yard. If gas is your preferred fuel for the barbecue and you have an existing natural gas line on your property, consider having a licensed plumber run a gas line to the area where you’ll be grilling.Quick connect flexible gas hoses are available and when you’re finished grilling, you can unhook the gas line safely. Natural gas costs less than propane and you won’t need to store a propane tank. You’ll also have the convenience of gas whenever you want it. You can also add a portable fire pit to use when evenings are chilly.

  • Add water. Working in an outdoor kitchen without ready access to water complicates the cooking and cleanup process, but it may be possible for you to run a water line, a standpipe and a spigot to the area where you’ll be cooking. Adding a short hose with a nozzle with automatic shut-off will give you water at your fingertips when you need it.
  • Use a portable island. It’s possible to use kitchen islands in an outdoor kitchen for smaller spaces, and it will provide the storage and work space you need for cooking the meal and serving it. When selecting it, opt for one that’s made for use outdoors, fabricated from stainless steel or weather-tight masonry products. Choose one that will withstand the moisture and inevitable freeze and thaw cycles much better than one built for indoor use.Putting a granite countertop on it will increase its durability and enhance its appearance. The colors and patterns of this natural stone will bring beauty to the yard, and could even serve as a focal point for outdoor entertaining.

If you’d like to learn more about incorporating granite into an outdoor kitchen for smaller spaces, contact Arch City Granite & Marble today.

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