KITCHEN ON THE TERRACE: INTRODUCTION
With the arrival of warm weather, the time has come to live the terrace to the full, using it for outdoor lunches and dinners, thanks to a beautiful kitchen on the terrace.
KITCHEN ON THE TERRACE: WHAT AN IDEA!
When space allows, the dream of the kings of the grill and not only is undoubtedly an outdoor kitchen fully equipped. Instead of a small metal barbecue, imagine a traditional cooktop, but also an oven, countertops and a sink: your home kitchen will stay neat and pint while you eat comfortably outside.
The first important choice to make is the material. To do it consciously, you need to keep three factors in mind: frequency of use, size of space available and style of surrounding furniture. No doubt it will be a durable material, such as stainless steel or natural stone . It would always be better to place it under a canopy, in order to protect it from the weather (especially in winter) and above all to be able to use it even in case of rain. Who says you can only cook outside in the summer?
COUNTER WITH CAMPING APPLIANCES
This is a quick and extremely economicalsolution, for those who do not want to give up the comfort of a kitchen in the terrace, but has a very limited budget: it will be enough to Install a counter (masonry or wood depending on your tastes and available space) and place a grill, camping stove or both on it.
Aesthetically, it’s not the best, but it will allow you to cook outdoors with ease. If you want to remedy the stylistic side, just “hide” it behind a curtain.
GAS OR ELECTRIC COOKER
The most versatile and convenient solution, which will allow you to choose between gas or grill cooking, is undoubtedly a modular terrace kitchen. Versatile because it is mobile (it can be moved according to the occasion of use) and compact in size, therefore space-saving; convenient because it can also be purchased from large retailers.
KITCHEN IN MASONRY TERRACE
This is a true terrace kitchen, connected to the plumbing and electrical system of the house. So, for all intents and purposes a fixed structure. For this reason, it is essential to choose materials that are resistant to atmospheric agents(wood or cement for the structure, steel for the hob and sink).
A touch of design can be the covering in tiles: coloured or with mosaic, as long as they are suitably treated for exteriors.
If you prefer a modern style even outdoors, the concrete-metal combination is the one that suits you best. Just give the concrete a glossy finish and you’re done.
Pizza lovers, this is your chance: you won’t want to miss out on the possibility of a terrace kitchen with integrated wood-fired oven? Don’t be intimidated by the price, there are many types and all budgets on the market.
However, you also have to consider the cost of wood and, above all, a space to store it in winter.
For us Italians, unfailing before lunch or dinner is the aperitif. Extend the kitchen by a few metres and create a cosy bar counter, with high stools and hanging glass holders: the extra idea you’ve been looking for!
OUTDOOR DINING ROOM
When space allows, in addition to the kitchen you can set up a dining area with a dining table and chairs.
In the summertime, there’s nothing better than eating outdoors. On the market you will find garden furniture already available in matching sets, but try to indulge yourself by combining different elements and styles to create the solution that best suits your needs.
A word of advice: do not place the table and chairs too far away from the kitchen, otherwise there is the risk of having to move away from the diners very often.
KITCHEN TERRACE LIGHTING
If during the day you might need a structure to shade the area set aside for dining on the terrace, in the evening you will need to illuminate it as best you can: you don’t want to risk your guests not seeing what they have on their plate?
Lamps, lanterns, hanging lights: depending on the decor, you can also vary the lights.
Pay attention to the power source you choose: if your lighting is completely battery-operated, consider energy-saving products.
In a kitchen that respects itself, comfort and practicality cannot be lacking.
That’s why you might find it useful to add a convenient mini-bar to your patio kitchen, so you can enjoy the evening outdoors without having to constantly enter the kitchen.
Again, a food cart will help you get closer to the table or, if necessary, become a small table.
Finally, an area to be allocated to the containers for the separate collection of ru bbish (each of a specific colour according to its contents) will allow you not only to have everything at hand, but at the same time to reduce the clutter and any bad smell in the indoor kitchen.
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