Lake in the Hills Outdoor Kitchen Installation
Have you always wanted an outdoor kitchen? Do you want to create a space outdoors where you can enjoy a meal with your family and friends during the spring and summer months? If so, the expert outdoor kitchen design and installation professionals at Daybreaker Landscapes are ready to help you make it happen. We pride ourselves on providing our clients with the highest-quality installation services, and we know that you’ll love the final result.
Because designing and installing an outdoor kitchen requires planning, skill, and the right equipment, let our team handle the project for you. We’ll create an outdoor space that integrates with your home and landscape and fits you and your family’s specific needs and wants. Ready to discuss the project? Call a knowledgeable Lake in the Hills outdoor kitchen installation expert at (815) 596-0070. If you’d like, you can also fill out a contact form to reach us online.
Outdoor Kitchen Elements
Today’s outdoor kitchens are limited only by your space and imagination. Together we’ll work on a design that fits your home and makes the most out of the space available. Some common elements in any outdoor kitchen include (but are not limited to):
Food Prep Area — A general rule of thumb is that your counter has 3-4 feet of space on each side of a grill or side burner. Food prep area cabinets are useful for storing dishes, utensils, or dry goods. Refrigerators, ice makers, and other appliances can also provide additional benefits for people who regularly entertain.
Cooking Area — Most outdoor cooking areas are centered around the grill, but there can be other elements in this area. Other desirable features include a smoker, side-burners, or ovens. Virtually every aspect of an indoor kitchen can be incorporated into an outdoor kitchen.
Cleanup Area — It is helpful to have a dedicated space to stack dirty dishes and dispose of trash. Garbage disposals can be valuable for clearing food from plates, and quickly removing food waste helps to keep bees and other insects away. This area eliminates the need to carry multiple dirty dishes back into your house.
Entertainment Area — It is essential to have a seating area near your kitchen. A bar near the grill will allow guests to be comfortably seated while you entertain them with your cooking skills.
With the weather in the Lake in the Hills area, most people will want to make sure their outdoor kitchens are covered in some fashion to reduce wear and tear. Weather concerns will impact the materials you choose to use, and pergolas, heaters, or fans can also help to extend the life of your kitchen.
Outdoor Kitchen Amenities
If you are considering an outdoor kitchen, you may have several ideas about additional amenities you want to include. Outdoor kitchens can easily be customized to a person’s specific tastes and needs.
Some of the most common features of outdoor kitchens include but are not limited to:
- Built-In Grill — Again, the grill is usually the centerpiece of any outdoor kitchen, and it is typically the item in the kitchen that people will invest the most money in. Work with a professional to determine the best place to position your grill to alleviate safety concerns. Gas and propane grills are the most common, but there are also charcoal and electric grills. While it’s tempting to invest heavily in a high-quality grill, it is important to budget appropriately for various utility work you will need to have done.
- Smoker — A smoker is an appliance that maintains low cooking temperatures in a smoky environment ideal for barbecue. Many kinds of smokers are on the market: vertical water smokers are exceptionally popular because of their low price; offset smokers are more challenging to maintain but produce the richest, smokiest meat; and box smokers work well for people who want to make significant amounts of barbecue. Other types of smokers include drum smokers, smoker ovens, Kamado grills, pellet smokers, and upright smokers.
- Cabinets — In addition to serving an essential function by providing needed storage space, cabinet design helps tie the whole appearance of the outdoor kitchen together. Make sure your cabinets can withstand the demands of weather; different kinds of cabinets have advantages and disadvantages. Stainless steel is the most popular because it blends seamlessly with appliances, but it can also be more expensive and hot to the touch during summer months. Wood can appeal to the environmentally conscious but is not as durable. Polymer or plastic is waterproof and mostly resistant to the elements but can often appear cheap and may warp over time. Other kinds of cabinets can include teak or masonry.
- Lamps — If you plan on using your outdoor kitchen during evening hours, you’ll want to get the proper lighting. Smaller lamps may be placed on individual tables or bar areas, and freestanding lamps can also intimately light areas around your outdoor kitchen. Other popular lighting options include wall lights, post lights, hanging lights, string lights, or path lights.
- Heaters — Three of the most common kinds of heater include: tabletop heaters, which are stylish and smaller but do not provide heat to large areas; freestanding heaters, which are taller but give warmth to a larger area; and wall-mounted heaters, which interfere the least with kitchen space. Other possible heating options include electric patio heaters, natural gas patio heaters, commercial patio heaters, stainless steel patio heaters, and pyramid style patio heaters.
- Kegerator — Many people want to be able to serve cold draft beer with their food, and a kegerator is a single tap refrigerator that keeps kegs cool. You’ll want to work with a professional to make sure that your kegerator is installed correctly and the climate is controlled accurately.
- Wet Bar — A bar area next to the grill is a must for many people, and an outdoor bar area can provide a storage area for ice as well as access to fresh water. The bar will also allow for convenient storage of various bottles and other assorted items, such as drink garnishes.
- Beverage Chiller — When you do not have enough space for a full bar area, a beverage chiller can often suffice. A beverage chiller is usually made by cutting a square into the countertop and placing a stainless steel box large enough to store drinks on ice. You can put a drainage hole in the bottom of the bin and a bucket below it to catch water, although you may be able to use an earthen hole for drainage without having to worry about plumbing.
- Wheeled Cart — Another possible option for those without ample room for a bar area (or in addition to a bar area) is a wheeled cart, which is usually made of stainless steel and can hold more drinks on ice than a beverage chiller. The cart also allows for a convenient place to store cooking utensils, and some may have trays for storing bottles.
- Poor Man’s Refrigerator — The poor man’s refrigerator is best for keeping food and vegetables fresh without electricity. The item works through evaporation, as water from the upper chamber drips down the side and evaporates, removing heat and keeping the chambers cool. After the ice melts, remove the basin and discard the water.
- Television — One of the simplest ways to entertain guests is to install an outdoor TV. Most of today’s TVs are flat-screen models that can be wall-mounted in the dining area of an outdoor kitchen to avoid issues with unsightly wires. Anti-glare protection is an essential feature for an outdoor TV.
- Shade Sails — For more shade in outdoor kitchen areas, shade sails can be an attractive solution. The sails are often made with durable fabric that is designed to withstand the elements and withstand extreme pressure. They may be bolted to walls or attached to planted posts, but they will be firmly placed so they can withstand even high winds.
Once you’ve determined which elements you’d like to include, we’ll create a professional design and plan for installation.
If you want to install an outdoor kitchen at your home in Lake in the Hills, Daybreaker Landscapes is the trusted name for design and installation. We are dedicated to customer satisfaction, communication, and reliability, and are ready to get to work on your project.
Daybreaker Landscapes was founded in 2010 by United States Air Force veteran Jeff Rausch, which makes us a U.S. Veteran Owned Business. We are also a member of the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association. We serve homeowners in Algonquin, Crystal Lake, Woodstock, Barrington, Elgin, Lake in the Hills, and many other surrounding communities. Let us give you a free estimate for your outdoor kitchen project. Call us at (815) 596-0070 or contact us online to speak with one of our experts today.