Project of the Month Outdoor Kitchen – September 2018
Our client wanted a complete outdoor space that feels as amazing as their gorgeous home does inside.
By using the same textures and feel we created a seamless transition from their home to their outside area. The outdoor kitchen is positioned with the orientation of their block so that it is sheltered from the Western sun. At the same time, their outdoor kitchen can be vented to the atmosphere easily.
The outdoor kitchen was incorporated into the whole alfresco area with a functional, yet beautiful design. Incorporating practical work surfaces and products means this alfresco will stand the test of time and be a very functional entertainment area for years to come.
Six things to think about when designing your outdoor kitchen
It’s quite common to see families cooking outdoors in Australia – we have great weather for it! And most of the time it’s “on the barbie” that’s located somewhere in your alfresco area.
If you cook outside all the time (or a lot of the time) have you considered adding an outdoor kitchen to your home?
There are a number of benefits to having an outdoor kitchen, including:
Expanding your living area
Adding value to your home
It’s great for entertaining
Designing your outdoor kitchen
When designing your outdoor kitchen, there are a number things to think about. Letitia shares six important design considerations.
1. Preparation space.
How much countertop space will you need. Do you entertain often and with lots of friends or family? In which case allow for a larger countertop. Or if you usually cook outdoors for your immediate family, then you won’t need as large a preparation area. Ideally, your prep area will be close to your sink to make cleaning up easy.
2. Cooking space.
Most outdoor kitchens make use of an in-built barbeque. Think about the size and style of barbeque you will need. Ventilation is important as you don’t want smoke blowing all over you and your guests.
Don’t underestimate the need for cupboards outdoors. Otherwise you’ll end up running back and forth between your indoor and outdoor kitchens. And that really defeats the idea of having an outdoor kitchen. Think about what you need: cooking equipment, trays, cutlery, crockery, candles, etc
You’ll need great lighting, particularly over your preparation and cooking space if you are entertaining the evening. Great lighting will also help you see your barbeque or cooker clearly so you know how well your food is cooking.
Make sure you go for low maintenance flooring that can handle food spills and regular cleaning.
Think about how you will use your alfresco area, and how a kitchen with all the above can be incorporated. The space you have available may mean some adjustments need to be made. Design is where you call in the experts (like us) to help you make the most of including an outdoor kitchen into your patio, pergola or deck.
If you’re looking to add an outdoor space contact Ultimate Alfresco to discuss how we can help you design your outdoor kitchen.
Barbequed salmon steaks is a favourite outdoor kitchen recipe of ours. You will need a fridge in your outdoor kitchen if you want to do all the prep outside. It serves six and we hope you enjoy it too.
6 fresh salmon steaks, cut about 2cm thick (1.5kg total weight)
Basil parmesan butter
175 g unsalted butter
25 g freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon balsamic or sherry vinegar
25 g fresh basil leaves, sliced
freshly ground black pepper
1 large garlic clove, crushed
150 ml light olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic or sherry vinegar
1-2 sprigs of thyme, crushed
To make the basil and Parmesan butter beat the butter until soft. Gradually beat in the grated Parmesan, vinegar, basil leaves and ground black pepper to taste. Remove from the bowl and place onto a piece of wet greaseproof paper and roll into a cylinder. Wrap in clingwrap and refrigerate for at least one hour or until firm.
To make the marinade, put the ingredients into a wide, shallow dish and mix well. Then add the salmon steaks and turn them to coat well. Cover and let marinate for 20-30 minutes. Lift the steaks from the marinade and pat them dry with kitchen paper.
Heat your barbeque to medium hot. Lightly oil the grill and add the salmon. Barbeque the salmon steaks for about three minutes on each side. They should be crisp and brown on the outside and just opaque all the way through the inside.
Serve the salmon steaks with slices of chilled butter melting on top and your favourite salad/s.