Monday, May 6, 2013

Outdoor Kitchen Trends – The Latest for 2013


“Would you like to eat indoors or out?” is a question we hear in restaurants everywhere, and lately, at home as well. With options available today, outdoor kitchens not only can function just as well as indoor ones, they can look like them too.

And, with the right planning and weather protection, you can enjoy an outdoor kitchen year round in many areas of the country. We’ve seen appliances migrate from indoors to out from grills of course, but also warming drawers, refrigerators, sinks, ice makers, wet bars and even ventilation from manufacturers such as Viking and Subzero-Wolf and many others.

Televisions can be outdoors, too, if you buy the right one built for the heat and moisture. SunBrite TV makes them, so does Seura and Skyvue. They’re expensive, but probably cheaper than replacing your indoor TV if you take it outside. For more information on this topic, see this article, “Can I use an indoor TV outdoors?” by Geoffry Morrison, published on Cnet.

My money is on outdoor dishwashers next. Since if you can do everything else outside, why take your dirty dishes in? Until then, rolling carts like this one from Pottery Barn and large trays work well to tote food outside and dirty dishes in. Just make sure you think about food safety and don’t put clean food on a dirty tray.

You can also use a warming drawer to warm the towels for the pool, according to the Subzero-Wolf website!

Cabinetry has also been upgraded from simple stainless steel boxes to wood and even steel painted in wood tones and color. Danver makes special cabinets to withstand all conditions, even salty coastal regions. This green colored outdoor kitchen is actually steel but looks like painted wood.

I hope you get to enjoy the outdoors this year, even if it’s a simple grill setup with an ice cooler and a couple of chairs. No matter how nice the furnishings and appliances, food seems to taste better in the fresh air.
 
Share your photos of your outdoor setup, we would love to see it!

Until next time!
Elaine Bothe

Photos courtesy of Viking, Danver and Pottery Barn. For another interesting article resource, see "Outdoor Kitchen Trends" by John Riha on the DIY Network website.

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