The Ideal Home and Garden - India
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Al Fresco Oasis

From classic built-in outdoor grills to fantasy island units jam-packed with amenities such as wine coolers, pizza ovens and lobster boilers, the sky is the limit with today’s outdoor kitchens.

Shruti Jain

You may imagine yourself flipping burgers to the applause of your friends or sipping wine while a pizza bakes over a hot fire. Whether you are dreaming of a rustic outdoor pizza oven or a sleek line of stainless steel, adding an outdoor kitchen can extend your living and entertaining space substantially. Your outdoor kitchen can be as simple as a grill, table and chair, or as elaborate as a fully outfitted kitchen complete with built-in appliances and seating. Just like an indoor kitchen, the outdoor kitchen is full of hazards so place it accordingly.

Establishing the floor layout and material of your outdoor kitchen is key to building the foundation of your space. Flooring such as tile or marble will be slick and slippery when wet and may not hold up to grease or food stains. Choose materials that meet safety criteria, stay away from flooring that may be too slick or rugged, and select a material that can endure food spills and grease. Outdoor rooms bring a whole world of additional cooking options, like open-wood flame or smoking. So select low-maintenance materials and equipment designed to withstand the rigors of an outdoor kitchen. The easier the kitchen is to clean and maintain, the more the homeowner will use and enjoy their investment. Your outdoor kitchen serves as a place to enjoy cooking and eating food while entertaining family and guests. It’s an opportunity to enjoy the outdoor weather while having the comforts of your indoor space.

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