Minimalist kitchen or a space with all the standard equipment? Covered or open? With traditional oven or electric hob? You have a variety of options that you should weigh carefully in advance, depending on the resources available and how you will use this area.
An efficiently arranged summer kitchen can offer you a pleasant and airy space to prepare meals, away from the dark heat of the house, and a charming location where you can spend the afternoons with friends. If you are thinking of building such an addition next to the house, we come to your aid with some useful tips.
Determine the scale of the project
You can choose the simple version of a small kitchen near the house, with a discreet worktop, a hob and a few chairs, or you can opt for the construction of a summer kitchen in all its size, similar to the interior and maybe even bigger as the surface.
It all depends, of course, for the beginning, on the area of land you have available in the yard. You can opt for the location of the kitchen next to the house, or for a more isolated location, depending on the possibilities. The further this space is arranged, the harder the smell of food will get in the house.
Consider a roof
When you start making the list of materials and products you need for this project, it is recommended to consider a roof. Although, if you look at images with such kitchens, you will probably be more impressed by those built in the open air, it is more effective to try to protect at least part of the surface from the sun and rain.
You can opt for a terrace type design, completely covered by the roof or you can protect only the part where you installed the worktop and household appliances and leave the other half exposed, so you can dine in the sun.
Lawn or floor
Because rain can easily turn the land into a muddy and unfriendly surface, it is preferable to arrange a floor. You can use exterior tiles, granite, wood, gravel or cement, raising the floor slightly above the ground to facilitate water drainage.
If you like the natural appearance of the grass, you can immediately arrange a dining area next to the kitchen, covered with grass, preferably under a tree, to enjoy the shade.
Traditional or modern
The center of the summer kitchen is given by the stove, hob, oven or any cooking device you choose to use, the role of this space being to remove from the house the gastronomic activities and the heat that accompanies them, thus saving the energy used by air conditioning.
From this point of view you can opt for a traditional wood oven, with or without hob, for an electric or gas stove, or for a barbecue. However, it is important to consider everything that involves their installation and operation, including gas or electricity supply. A traditional oven means a fairly substantial investment, hiring craftsmen to build it and periodically supplying wood.
A gas stove can be connected to a cylinder, which means less installation effort, but you will need to change the cylinder frequently if you cook a lot. On the other hand, if you are looking for one of the electric hob models on the market, you may only need a good enough extension cord. If you choose a high-power version with four burners, and plan to use them frequently, we recommend that you evaluate the network's ability to support power requirements.
Even if you will use this space during the summer, when the day is quite long, it is good to have a lighting solution at hand. You can opt for lamps with solar batteries, which charge during the day, or to draw electricity and install a light bulb or a chandelier that will allow you to cook easily even after dark.
Protection against mosquitoes
Whether you cook or eat, such an outdoor space is always exposed to mosquito and fly attacks, especially when it is raining or damp in the air and when it is evening. So consider this aspect and either install nets that you can leave or tighten as needed, or use more modern solutions, such as ultrasound devices or special lamps.
Furniture and utilities
If you plan to serve lunch or dinner frequently outside, it is a good idea to consider a roomy table and chairs for all family members. Cooking food is much easier if you have in the summer kitchen a sink with running water and a large countertop, on which you can easily cut vegetables and greens, meat, fish, etc.
Equally useful is a refrigerator in which you can keep the dishes, without having to take them and bring them from home every time you eat.
Storage spaces are also important if you plan to cook more in the summer kitchen than inside the house. So put on the list one or two cabinets with drawers and shelves where you can keep dishes, cutlery, plates, bowls and just about everything you need to use it comfortably.
On the list of comfort facilities you can also include a small bar, which allows you to prepare your favorite drinks, and a TV, which turns the summer kitchen into a suitable terrace to watch your favorite shows, listen to music or watch the matches of the season. .
Although the summer kitchen has primarily a functional destination, it is important to create a pleasant atmosphere, using decorative plants, flower vases, colorful napkins, candles, etc. Because we are still talking about a space for cooking, it is good to avoid carpets, which can get dirty easily.