Outdoor Kitchen Drawers
Outdoor kitchen drawers are different from standard drawers in a number of ways. Drawers made for outdoor kitchens are made from materials that stand up to varying climates. They can also house appliances and hide unsightly yet necessary electrical equipment.
Detail of the outdoor kitchen at the home of Felicia and Kenny Fredieu which underwent a makeover that turned the plain yard that they inherited into a paradise fit to entertain their large family. Felician and Kenny both come from the New Orleans area and love to cook. They inherited the house from Kenny's mom who had a garden and also loved to cook. The design is inspired by the family closeness and the legacy of Kenny's mother and includes an outdoor kitchen, with two smokers, a fan deck to create a destination spot under the existing pepper tree that Kenny's mom planted decades ago, and an outdoor dining area to bring together the large family in style. The stone pavers are inspired by the stone on the front of the house, tying the house to the yard. The deck wall is also to create shade from the hot afternoon sun.
A beautifully designed hardscape includes a full-sized outdoor kitchen with additional built-in seating flanking a cascading fountain adjacent to a dramatic raised pool area. The accompaniment of the expansive green lawn makes this a perfect yard for entertaining families, which includes an in-ground trampoline.
Enjoy all the creature comforts you'd find inside with this outdoor living room and kitchen. Stylish wicker furniture makes up the living room component, while an outdoor cooking station, complete with an integrated grill, serves as the kitchen. A ceiling fan cools the area on warm days, while the fireplace warms chilly nights.
Moroccan-inspired moldings and bright patterned tile lends an Old World feel to this outdoor kitchen. The crew of HGTV's Bang for Your Buck added a stainless steel grill, gas cooktop, sink and dishwater for thoroughly modern cooking power.
An outdoor kitchen adjacent to the family dining area offers well-lighted space for food preparation with bar-height seating, a stainless steel grill, refrigerator and a bluestone footrest.
Every lakeside retreat needs a spacious outdoor kitchen and grilling spot to host year-round parties. This living space is complete with an extra-large patio, retaining wall, dining area, fireplace, custom-built dining table and fireside sofa.
Alex and Gloria get an outdoor room designed by Jamie Durie, a space where they can cook and invite people over and an egyptian design creating a tropical oasis. A water feature runs through the middle of their new backyard, replicating the water channels that run through the city of Cairo. Earthy toned fabric adorns a trellis, to replicate the neutral color palate of the desert. Egyptian papyrus and palm trees surround the yard give the yard with shade, while the back wall of concrete blocks creates the sense of repetition seen in Egypt. A dining area and barbeque complete the look of their newly designed Outdoor Room.
An outdoor kitchen and dining area are connected to a pool to make this backyard the perfect place to entertain on warm days, while an outdoor fireplace provides a toasty seating area for chillier nights.
Scenic of the outdoor bar area at the home of Matt and Zena Welker which underwent a makeover that turned their dust farm full of dead fruit trees and weeds which has been overrun by their dogs, into a fun filled tropical retreat for the couple and their dogs to entertain friends and their dogs with a relaxing place to cook and drink as well as play games. The unsightly eyesore of a garage, which had no doors on it, was painted and had doors put in place. The perimeter wall and the back of the house were painted subtle colors to bring it all together and get rid of the blah or awkward colors that were there. The back of the yard was sectioned off for the dogs to have their own play area, complete with a custom made doggie duplex and a smaller, more functional trampoline, rather than the oversized wedding gift trampoline that was falling apart in the yard. The dust bowl was replaced by a yard full of sod, which doubles as the play yard for horseshoes, and bean bag tosses. There is now a hot tub for the couple to enjoy their private time together and a deck and pergola to provide shade on the back of the house along with an outdoor bar. The yard now has an eclectic style, with an element of tropics as well as fun and games.
When you're looking for drawers made for an outdoor kitchen, look for brands that offer weather-tight rain gutters. This will protect from rain and humidity better than standard drawers. Pay attention to the weight a drawer is meant to handle, and think about what you want to store in your outdoor kitchen.
Outdoor kitchen drawers are sold with a variety of options and can serve many functions. Most drawers or drawer kits come with a drawer, handle, slides, gutters and an enclosure for mounting the drawer. Handles can typically be changed to match the style of your outdoor kitchen, but consult with the manufacturer to make sure you're not compromising the integrity of the drawer by switching hardware.
Outdoor kitchen drawers go well beyond everyday kitchen storage. Many drawers are made to hide and protect things like propane tanks, trashcans, coolers, ice, warming trays and even paper towel rods. Drawers can even be hidden behind cabinet doors for extra flexibility and style. The benefit of a drawer versus a cabinet is being able to pull the contents toward you rather than reaching in to access what you need.
Some retailers offer complete drawer kits for outdoor kitchens. Some have several packages from basic 4-drawer island storage to premium packages complete with all of the drawers, cabinets, and appliances you'll need to set up your outdoor kitchen.
The most common material you'll find in outdoor kitchen drawers is stainless steel. The popularity of stainless steel is due to its classic, professional kitchen look. It also boasts a long life span and is easy to keep clean. The popularity of stainless steel makes finding drawers, sinks, cabinets and matching accessories easy and budget-friendly.
Lack of storage space is a common complaint with kitchens of all kinds. Consider a mix of deep and shallow drawers for a variety of uses. This will help you avoid unused space or areas where things could get lost.
Designing an outdoor kitchen requires a bit of planning. Choose drawers that fit with the style and performance of cabinets and appliances. Always think about the basics like space, budget, and the best material for your climate first. Base your style choices on the basics to maximize the functionality of your outdoor entertaining space.
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