We are so lucky to live here in Santa Barbara, the perfect city to experience the fine art of outdoor dining. An outdoor kitchen is one of the things homebuyers are looking for today, especially in our sunny communities. If you are thinking of remodeling the outside area of your home this summer, here are some things you’ll want to keep in mind:
- The Grill
Wondering what size grill you need? Just think about how often you entertain and how many guests attend outside soirées at your home. For most people, a 30″-36″ grill is the perfect size, accommodating anywhere between 2 to 20 guests. I just read an article in Forbes Magazine about the Rolls Royce of BBQ Grills, Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet grills. Offering a unique Hybrid Fire Grilling System featuring both traditional gas, wood or coal grill choices plus three heat choices.
- The Materials
I recommend you stick to natural stone because that look is durable and will last the longest. Think bluestone, limestone or granite for your counter tops. Definably, seal countertops using a silicon based impregnating sealer.
- The access doors
Since gas shut-off values are typically placed below the grill, you need to build access doors. You can also hook the grill up to the gas service on your house.
- What else do you want to add?
Side burners, sinks, refrigerators, storage doors, lights, a strategically placed GCFI (outdoor power outlet), and perhaps a rotisserie. Basically, just think of everything you need inside, and make sure the same items are found outside!
- Where to build you outdoor kitchen
Make sure you build your outdoor kitchen close to your indoor kitchen! That way, you can easily utilize your indoor space for food prep.
Check out my website for information on amazing properties featuring the fine art of outdoor living that are currently on the market in Montecito and the surrounding communities. Then give me a call at 805.886.9378 or email me at Cristal@montecito-estate.com. I look forward to working with you!