2014 June

Outdoor Kitchen Design Part #3

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Things to consider when laying out your outdoor kitchen.

1. Relationships among the four functional zones (hot, cold, wet and dry) and how the workflows will co-exist for cooking, serving and cleanup activities?

  • Hot zones: Grills, cooktops, pizza ovens, etc.
  • Cold zones: Refrigerators, wine chillers, etc.
  • Wet zones: Sinks and ice reservoirs/beverage tubs
  • Dry zones: Prep areas/counters and cabinets/storage

2. One of the most common outdoor kitchen design mistakes is planning too little counter space.

3. Outdoor kitchens can be broken down into four basic size categories:

  • Small outdoor kitchen
    A grill plus storage, totaling roughly 8 linear feet
    At least 36 inches of useable countertop frontage is recommended, no less than 30″ deep.
  • Essentials outdoor kitchen
    Includes a grill and cooktop, storage and a refrigerator, totaling roughly 10 linear feet
    At least 48 inches of useable countertop frontage is recommended, no less than 30″ deep.
  •  Medium outdoor kitchen
    Adds additional storage, sink and counter space to an essential outdoor kitchen, totaling roughly 12 linear feet. At least 60 inches of useable countertop frontage is recommended, no less than 30″ deep.
  • Large outdoor kitchen
    Features all the amenities, and able to accommodate multiple cooks, totaling more than 20 linear feet.
    At least 156 inches of useable countertop frontage is recommended, no less than 30″ deep.

In the next part of the series will go over proper layout, along with counter space it’s one of the important principles of designing your outdoor kitchen.

Enjoying your outdoor living space with Richmond’s Landscaping: Part 2

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We started you guys out last month with a few tips to get you outside and enjoying your outdoor living area. We have a few more tips up our sleeves for your outdoor space from Richmond’s Landscaping of Cedar Rapids – your outdoor living specialist! Whether you have a lovely outdoor kitchen, a fire pit or just a basic patio, these are a few tips that can make any space feel more like your home “away” from home!

Privacy Screens or curtains
Privacy is essential for a true backyard relaxation. Sometimes you just wanna enjoy your outdoor sitting area with no one looking. If you decide to use a wooden arbor, trying spicing it up by hanging flower baskets on it. Curtains are great for creating privacy and the best thing about them is that you can always set them aside and open your backyard. They are also a great opportunity to add color or patterns to an otherwise boring outdoor space. And don’t forget, you can always use higher growing plants as a natural privacy screen!

Water Features
Water adds freshness to every garden. If you think you can not afford a water feature you are wrong. There are many options for water features and for all different types of outdoor spaces. You can go small and simple or you can go large and elaborate, it all depends on the space and the feel you are looking to create.  Let your imagination run wild and Richmond’s Landscaping can of course offer help and installation of all types of water features!

Light it up
Lighting can change the look of anything. Just like in a pretty photo, lighting can make things take a different shape and feel. The ambiance associated with lighting can really change your outdoor space and take it to a new level. Whether it is a full lighting set from Richmond’s, some hanging bulbs or just a lantern, lighting can add that soft, relaxing space you are longing for after a long day. In addition to creating a homey feel, it also adds an element of safety to your yard and warm place to spend time with friends and family.

We hope you enjoyed our design tips and if you have any questions or would like help designing/building the outdoor living space of your dreams, contact us today to get started!

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