Tips and tricks for planning a summer kitchen in the garden

Outdoor Kitchen Design - From Gordon Swanson, shutterstock

Fixed or nomadic, the outdoor kitchen is the guarantee of unforgettable moments with family or friends during beautiful summer evenings. To reconcile durability, practicality, functionality and design, it is important to consider certain elements, including material, style and location. Tips for successful landscaping

Summer outdoor kitchen  : the layout

The outdoor kitchen is an extra room to enjoy the beautiful summer days. Before carrying out its development, the following elements must first be determined:

  • The material

Although covered most of the time, the outdoor kitchen remains exposed to the weather, which is why it is important to choose a robust material . For this purpose, reconstituted stone is an excellent option. Resistant to frost and external aggressions, it can be combined with other materials such as metal or wood for aesthetics. According to the tastes and the preferences, it is possible to realize a dyeing in the mass to obtain the color in agreement with the decoration of the garden.

  • The style

Modern, retro or eco, the style of the outdoor kitchen is chosen according to the desires and desired atmosphere . Thanks to the many accessories available on the market, it becomes easy to make beautiful arrangements. The rustic decorations are enhanced by wood, tiles or stone. On the other hand, metal accessories of the stainless steel or aluminum type emphasize a more contemporary spirit. To reconcile these two trends, the winning solution is undoubtedly reconstituted stone . It allows to combine design and durability for a durable installation.

Opt for a table and wooden benches with some cushions for a rustic and convivial style - © Maisons du Monde

Opt for a table and wooden benches with some cushions for a rustic and convivial style – © Maisons du Monde

  • The location

For more convenience, it is advisable to find a location that is an extension of the house. Thus, the comings and goings are reduced during the service and the possible connections in water and in electricity are simplified. The development of an outdoor kitchen near the pool is also possible to get a little holiday.

Lay out two areas: a lounge area and a kitchen area - © Castorama

Lay out two areas: a lounge area and a kitchen area – © Castorama

Summer outdoor kitchen: equipment

The equipment ensures the functional side of an outdoor kitchen.

  • The plancha

A trendy cooking accessory, plancha invites itself into a festive and colorful kitchen . Electric or gas, this device combines practicality and time saving during daily preparations.

Plancha is a trendy cooking accessory that combines practicality and time savings - © Leroy Merlin

The plancha and barbecue are essential cooking accessories in the summer kitchen – © Leroy Merlin

  • The barbecue

Essential in summer, grilling requires adapted devices. With a horizontal focus or a horizontal and vertical focus, many solutions are possible. The size of the barbecue depends on the number of guests. The market offers various models whose width varies between 500 mm, 600 mm and even more than 700 mm. Note that a 600 mm grill can feed 8 to 10 people. As far as the material is concerned, the best thing is to favor stainless steel for its high resistance to corrosion.

The barbecue is one of the pleasures associated with summer. There are three types: charcoal, gas or electric - © Castorama

The barbecue is one of the pleasures associated with summer. There are three types: charcoal, gas or electric – © Castorama

  • The wood oven

Today, it is customary to build a wood oven in an outdoor kitchen. In addition to its low cost, this device promises genuine moments of conviviality with family or friends. This traditional equipment allows you to make a pizza after 30 minutes of heating, a barbecue after 20 minutes and many other gourmet recipes. Added to this time saving is a considerable saving in wood . To gain more space, especially in cramped gardens, it is possible to choose a cast iron oven, compact and ergonomic.

  • The sink

As in any kitchen, the water source is essential. For outdoor and occasional use, a single tank is more than enough.

Outdoor Summer Kitchen: Planning Ideas

Once all the information in hand, it remains to find the best ideas of arrangement marrying functionality, design and practicality:

  • A fixed outdoor kitchen

The fixed outdoor kitchen requires a more delicate preparation because of its complex construction. Reported installation or shed adjacent to the house, it must be sheltered from the weather . It is important to apply for a building permit for a floor area of ​​more than 20 m². Plumbing, the arrival and disposal of sewage, sink installation and connections must precede the installation of the furniture itself. To do this, it is possible to cut cellular concrete using a handsaw to obtain the storage furniture, the worktop and the fixed table dedicated to the meal. Then, it’s about gathering the pieces with cellular concrete glue, then model the result to obtain a waxed concrete or fine lime appearance.

  • A nomadic outdoor kitchen

The installation of a summer kitchen depends largely on the region in which it is located. The nomadic cuisine is ideally suited to the mild climates where the sun rarely appears. To bet on practicality, it is better to use furniture on wheels such as a serving equipped with bars that can accommodate lids, grills and utensils. Nomadic barbecues, African mats, tables and folding seats are to be preferred to perfect this temporary arrangement.

The advantage of a nomadic kitchen with its furniture on wheels: it supports less clement climates - © Ikéa

The advantage of a nomadic kitchen with its furniture on wheels: it can thus be protected from less clement climates – © Ikéa

  • A barbecue area revisited

In addition to the ready-made barbecues made of reconstituted stone, it is possible to assemble your own grill. To do this, the first step is to make a 10 cm thick cement slab. Using a mortar, install a row of bricks or blocks at both ends of the slab on which the barbecue deck will be built. Note that the latter requires pouring cement into a wooden form and then covered with firebricks.

Alternatively: install a permanent bar that will withstand the weather - © Leroy Merlin
Alternative: install a permanent bar that will withstand the weather – © Leroy Merlin

  • The decoration

For the decoration of an outdoor kitchen, it is possible to keep the style of the house or to create a universe apart . As such,

reclaimed accessories are needed to develop an original and eco-friendly corner. To refine a loft atmosphere, we do not hesitate to add color both on the walls and urniture as the lighting.

Harmonize colors, lighting and materials to decorate an outdoor kitchen - © Maisons du Monde
Harmonize colors, lighting and materials to decorate an outdoor kitchen as a part of the house – © Maisons du Monde