In the past, outdoor cooking was limited to the smoke and sizzle of a backyard grill. If you wanted to prepare anything else or you needed a cold refreshing beverage, you had to run back inside the house to the kitchen. If your deck or patio was far from your home’s kitchen, this could be a dangerous proposition!
In recent years the durability of outdoor appliances and advancements in outdoor entertainment spaces have made outdoor kitchens a very realistic possibility. This gives you the chance to stay where the action is outside, entertaining as you cook while having everything you need right at your fingertips.
CM’s has worked with many homeowners who already had a vision in their mind as well as families who simply wanted to explore their options from a blank slate. The variety of options available for an outdoor kitchen space can be staggering. Fortunately, our experienced design team can walk you through the planning process answering all your important questions along the way.
Beyond the ever-popular grill station, other options include an independent smoker, a high heat pizza oven, integrated griddles, warming cabinets, built-in refrigerators, freezers, and ice makers, just to name a few. Other food prep options might also call for sleek storage compartments, durable cutting boards, sinks, and pull out trash bins.
Grills and Smokers
The grill is often the beating heart of most outdoor kitchens. Quick to realize this, grill manufacturers offer a wide range of options. Most of these units are constructed from high-quality stainless steel and other durable materials that have been specifically designed to withstand the rigors of seasonal weather. Our designers can help you understand the different brand choices available, their features and benefits as well as how they can impact the overall budget of the project.
Gas grills are increasingly popular for their convenience and ease of cleanup. Propane grills can be attached to a municipal line or run off of a large, portable liquid propane tank. Natural gas grills and conversion kits that transform propane grills to use natural gas have become popular in recent years. Just keep in mind that since natural gas is not available in portable tanks, you will need to make sure that it is available from a municipal provider in your location.
If you are interested in a charcoal grill or a wood pellet smoker we can help you understand your options and how things like ash removal and storage can be worked into your outdoor kitchen layout. These units are designed to impart fire-kissed, smoky flavors to meats and vegetables.
Ranges and Griddles
A grill isn’t the only way to prepare food outdoors. Many cooking appliance manufacturers realize the appeal of outdoor burners, ranges, and griddles. Most use stainless steel and other durable materials, tucked under a sealable domed hood to prevent water, tree debris and other outdoor materials from affecting the cooktop when not in use. Electric and gas are the two primary choices for these appliances.