Bringing the Indoor Out 7

Enhance Your Outdoor Living and Entertaining Space with an Outdoor Kitchen

Are you a fan of those HGTV shows that feature glamorous outdoor living spaces?  Have you decided you need to have one of those fabulous outdoor kitchens and bring the glamour to your own backyard? But you’re a little confused about where to begin? We did some of the legwork for you and talked with the experts at the locally and family-owned Embers Store to help take some of the guesswork out of the equation and make your outdoor living space a reality.

Whatever it is that rings your inspiration bell, Crystal Watson of Embers Store says, “In addition to budget, you need to consider style and functionality, but there are beautiful and functional options for any size space and budget.” She adds, “Anything you can do inside, you can also do outside.”

For starters, “Any type of yard is suitable for an outdoor kitchen as they can range from a simple built-in grill area to a fully functional gourmet kitchen.” And size isn’t really an issue either. “You don’t really need much space to have something that is both beautiful and functional.”

When designing an outdoor area, there are several factors to consider regarding layout, flow and function of the space. Perhaps the most important element is creating an experience where kitchen prep space transitions seamlessly into the entertaining area. Then there are the details: appliances, culinary and beverage options, countertops, lighting and of course, product durability. You’ll want equipment and furnishings that can withstand the punishment of seasonal weather extremes.

Watson says, “We are fortunate to have many great outdoor living contractors here in the Brentwood, Franklin and Nashville area. These are contractors that really focus on outdoor living and outdoor kitchen builds and understand all that goes into creating a space and structure to provide the ultimate outdoor living experience.”

The folks at HGTV say you can spend anything you want on an outdoor kitchen, from $500 for a freestanding grill and a rolling side cart to $25,000 for a fully outfitted cooking and entertaining zone with built-in appliances, stone countertops and plenty of room for guests.  How much you should invest in the project should be proportionate to how much you’ll use the space.

Says Watson, “I think for many of our customers, outdoor kitchens have provided opportunities for them to connect with their neighbors, parents from their kids’ schools, friends and family because it gives them a space where they can cook and entertain many people in their own home.”