Designing Your Outdoor Kitchen, Q&A With An Expert
"What's Irish and spends all winter in the garage? Paddy O'Furniture. Baddum pum." Anonymous Author, and a good thing
Nowadays we are cooking and eating more and more meals outdoors. For many of us, the back yard has become a second kitchen, dining room, and living room. It's easy to understand why. Life is just more relaxed outdoors. Put a roast on the grill and play frisbee with your dog. Put on a slab of ribs in the smoker, take a short nap in the hammock. Put a bird on the rotisserie, mow the lawn. Dine with the birds or under candle light. How totally civilized.
Companies are now building a huge range of components for outdoor kitchens just like they build parts for indoor kitchens. There are special rainproof cabinets, countertops that will not crack when it freezes, drawer systems, grills big enough to land a jet on, pizza ovens fer cryin' out loud, dishwashers, refrigerators, special bar sinks, warming ovens, even outdoor TV and sound systems.
So I contacted Todd Maltbie of the Wholesale Patio Store in Antioch, CA and asked him to tell me what people need to think about when planning an outdoor kitchen. He answered my questions in detail and supplied the photos of some of his installations on this page. Below is the storage cabinet he built for me.