Summer kitchens: our planning tips

Summer kitchens: our planning tips

Being both in the top 3 favorite pieces of the French, the kitchen and the garden are becoming more and more united to become one, namely, cooking outside! Also known as the "summer kitchen", this choice deserves a closer look to understand its layout, its layout, its accessorization and any necessary work.

Step 1: choose the right location

For summer kitchens: two locations are preferred. First, in the extension of the house to be easily accessible, but also near a water point in the garden, a swimming pool or a rainwater collector for example. Thus, the water supply connections will be simpler to plan and the work less heavy.

Step 2: determine the ideal area

It is difficult to plan less than 10 square meters for the size of the outdoor kitchen if you want to benefit from a comfortable space for cooking and entertaining, including at least 3 meters of work surface. The ideal is therefore to think bigger, keeping in mind that from 20 square meters, a building permit against a simple declaration of work from the town hall is required!

Step 3: make the necessary connections

Who says sink, ovens, refrigerator, electrical connections and light necessarily implies a supply of water and electricity! The garden must therefore be arranged accordingly. On the program: some canal work, connection between the sewers and the sink and supply of electricity and water.

Step 4: Accessorize in a practical way

The craze around party barbecues is one of the main drivers leading to the installation of an outdoor kitchen. However, faced with the diversification of the "barbecue" concept through planchas, woks, rotisseries, etc., each kitchen chooses its favorite summer cooking appliance. The flagship accessorization continues with the lighting (light ribbon, additional LEDs to be fixed on the work surface and others) so that you can enjoy it even in the evening. As for the cupboards, they generally house the dishes, unless the indoor kitchen is physically close enough to be satisfied with a few quick comings and goings.

Step 5: protect the kitchen from the weather

The title "summer kitchen" is explicit in terms of use and seasonality. But what should we consider outside of the sunny days? Good protection of your furniture against frost and winter frost. The idea: that it does not get damaged and has a life as long as possible! As such, some practical and effective tips are recommended. For example, the installation of an awning housing the kitchen under its wing, makes it possible to shelter it from various bad weather. Nomadic accessories - barbecues, plancha and even sometimes cupboard doors - are also useful in that they can be stored indoors during the cold period. We also think of keeping the furniture well according to the materials chosen. For wood, for example, two varnishes per year based on linseed oil will keep its original color and protect it from wear!