Outdoor furnishings can be as comfortable and attractive as indoor furniture.

Outdoor furnishings can be as comfortable and attractive as indoor furniture.

BUILDING an outdoor kitchen requires thought and creativity.
The most important part of the process is thinking about exactly what you plan to cook or how you plan to entertain, and creating your space around these requirements.
Local Hotondo Homes’ builder Trent Allen has provided six golden rules to building an outdoor kitchen/entertainment area that will work.

1. Purchase the perfect BBQ
If you intend to cook full meals outside, make sure your kitchen has all the essential spaces. You will need space for preparation, cooking, serving and cleaning to make it as simple as possible to complete all the cooking outside, without having to return indoors.
Your primary piece of equipment should be your BBQ.

2. Install a kitchen sink
If you like to clean as you cook, an outdoor sink is essential. It can also help with the preparation process, and it adds a touch of luxury to the area.
“Planning ahead and installing piping for a sink while your home is being constructed will save you time and money,” Trent said.
“Speak to your builder about having this included during the drafting stages of your home.”

3. A bar top or long bench is your friend
The chef can often miss out on conversations while cooking; however there is a way around this. Install a bar top so your guests can sit and talk while you cook, and you won’t miss out on any of the party.
If you don’t like bar tops, a long bench and table is a great alternative.

4. Utilise a bar fridge
Those hot summer days require ice-cold drinks to help beat the heat. A bar fridge can also store meat or salads as required, without the need to keep walking back and forth from the house.

5. Create clever access to the home
With a little bit of forward thinking, clever access between the house and the alfresco can create the ultimate indoor/outdoor living experience.
“If you need to use your indoor kitchen, you could consider a service window that connects directly from the kitchen or even from the pantry to the alfresco,” Trent suggests.

6. Comfortable seating is key
When the meal is done give your guests the comfort they deserve. With many different kinds of outdoor furnishing that can be as comfortable and attractive as indoor furniture on the market, there is something for every style.
Trent Allen builds right along the Bass Coast and through South Gippsland. For more information on building with Hotondo Homes, visit their office at Shop 2 Ramsey Boulevard, Inverloch.
Alternatively, contact them on 5674 3058 or visit www.hotondo.com