Outdoor Kitchens, Hobe Sound

Hobe Sound is nothing less than a tropical paradise. If you have a home here, an investment in an outdoor kitchen is both an investment in your home and making the most of the quality of life that Hobe Sound offers. Outdoor kitchens are made for places like Hobe Sound, with its year-round balmy weather, tropical vegetation, and expensive restaurants.

Outdoor kitchens are perfect for day and night entertaining

Your outdoor kitchen can look and function equally well at any time of the day. For night-time entertaining, add ambient counter lighting to your outdoor kitchen design to compliment the look created by garden up-lights under your palms. Add a sound system to your outdoor kitchen too. Have parties. Floridians love parties. Or just have luxurious al fresco suppers that don’t cost a fortune over time.

Your outdoor kitchen is limited only by your imagination

There’s more to an outdoor kitchen than a grill, sink, mini-fridge, basic outdoor cabinets, and countertops. There’s much more! Outdoor kitchen design is limited by your imagination only. You could keep it simple or go the whole hog with an outdoor kitchen to rival your indoor one, complete with surround sound and the latest in lighting design, granite countertops, and mahogany kitchen cabinetry.

You could suggest that it is also limited by your budget, but since an outdoor kitchen – whether it’s a functional or luxury kitchen, is going to increase the value of your home far beyond what you will spend on it, you can toss that consideration out the nearest window. You don’t need to be 22 to live large under the sun (and after the sun has gone down) in the Sunshine State.

Ideas for your outdoor kitchen design

There are many different types of outdoor kitchens and all kinds of features and fittings to go in them. Once you’ve made the decision to install your outdoor cooking, eating and entertainment area, the next question is: what kind of outdoor kitchen do you want?

Start by making a list of the main features you want – the non-negotiable, core components that absolutely must be in your outdoor kitchen. A gas-fired cooktop, a pizza oven, dining area, bar – it’s up to you. Divide your list into essentials and extras and then let your budget and/or space constraints help you decide which of the extras should stay. Remember to factor storage room and cabinetry into your space and cost calculations. 

Think carefully about all the amenities you will require in your kitchen – and plan for the long term. For one thing, you will need to be able to connect to a reliable water source. You will also need to invest in quality, durable kitchen cabinetry, beautiful and functional countertops, and a good refrigerator, in addition to all the features mentioned above. 

Another thing to consider is how and when you plan to use your kitchen. Is it going to be a pizza-making or barbeque area out in the open, specifically for the summer months, or would you like a covered, fully-equipped kitchen that can serve you all year round? Fully covered kitchens are a popular choice in Florida. You can cook and enjoy all your meals in a sheltered outdoor environment. You can install shutters and heaters for cold days, or keep it open and breezy during the summer. 

What materials should you choose for your outdoor kitchen?

No matter what kind of kitchen you choose or what sort of design you favor, you will find yourself spoiled for choice when it comes to materials. Porcelain countertops will look beautiful while also holding up to all weather conditions. Natural stone materials are just as attractive and durable. You might prefer something more functional and easy to keep clean, like stainless steel. Floors, countertops and cabinetry should all be carefully thought out in terms of the look you want, the function of your kitchen, environmental conditions, and your budget. 

Designing your kitchen for the available space

You can choose from many different layouts for your kitchen, depending on the space you have to work with. Some layouts are great for maximizing minimal space, while others are better for when you have plenty of room. You may want to opt for an L-shaped or U-shaped area. If you’re unsure which design and layout will work best for you, the team at Schrapper’s Fine Cabinetry Inc. can help you decide.

With over 30 years’ experience in custom outdoor kitchen design and fitting, we at Schrapper’s can help you create the perfect outdoor kitchen and entertainment area for your home in Hobe Sound. Contact our team for more information.