Owners of Elegant Outdoor Kitchens Build Lanai Kitchen Retreat
We just wanted to showcase The Poulton’s brand-new lanai kitchen; they finally decided to treat themselves with the services they provide. This custom outdoor kitchen is classy, too! It not only has style, but they’ve managed to give it a few unique features that set it apart from some of the other beautiful outdoor kitchen designs they built in the past. This commentary is coming from over a decade within the outdoor living industry. The professionals at EOK know how to build beautiful summer kitchens. The wood inlays and accent pieces give this project its unique rustic flair! Andrea and Ben, you can design and construct my outdoor kitchen anytime!
All in all, the photos we’ve included demonstrate the professional craftsmanship you’ll receive when you hire Elegant Outdoor Kitchens to create your stay-cation destination!
If you’re interested in have #EOK design and build your Summer Kitchen, you can schedule an outdoor kitchen design consultation here at the official EOK site – https://elegantoutdoorkitchens.com/estimate-request.
You can also give them a call at (239) 229-9033 to schedule a consultation as well. One thing is for sure. EOK can’t wait to exceed your expectations. Plus, they are licensed and bonded contractors of the SWFL region. What that means is the project is considered an investment in your property. Not to be confused with the lawn furniture those other outdoor kitchen stores are pushing, also, as a rule of thumb. If you have to crane or wheel your outdoor kitchen into your outdoor living space, you might want to classify it as expensive lawn furniture. We are just stating the facts. At EOK, you can rest assured you will be investing in an outdoor kitchen addition to your lanai, which means they bring value to your property, literally.
The Essential Outdoor Kitchen Component List to Include When On a Budget
We understand that not everyone is a Rockefeller; that’s why we assembled this article that covers the essentials where it concerns outdoor living.
Your outdoor kitchen is built primarily for one purpose, and that’s to house your professional barbecue grill. Running back and forth from your indoor kitchen to your outdoor kitchen happens, but if we can help you reduce those trips, we’re all for it. Most people don’t just eat barbecue when they grill. You tend to serve the meal with a few side dishes. So, the first must-have component of the list is going to be a side burner/s (preferably a double side burner, to heat more than one side).
This precision cut, handmade side burner is made of stainless steel and will provide you years of outdoor cooking enjoyment. If you are looking to create a gourmet outdoor meal complete with soups or side dishes, a drop-in side burner is an ideal addition to your outdoor kitchen. As of March 15, 2016 — Blaze side burners have a lifetime warranty that warrants against any defects in the manufacturing and workmanship of the burner, burner grate, body, lid, and control valve. While the ignition system is covered for one (1) year after the date of purchase. The product must be registered within thirty days for the warranty to apply.
Next on our essential outdoor kitchen component list is the built-in mini-refrigerator. There’s just something so satisfying about having quick access to a cold beverage. Believe us when we say that this mini fridge will get its use.
The Blaze 4.5 Compact Refrigerator is the ideal space-saving solution for family rooms, game rooms, apartments or anywhere else. Interior design offers plenty of shelf space for all your favorite refreshments and foods. The refrigerator, including the compressor, is warranted for 1 year to the original owner against defects in manufacturing and workmanship. This warranty extends to the original purchaser against manufacture defects for products purchased for ordinary single-family home use.
Stainless Front Fridge 4.5 Cubic Feet SKU: BLZ-SSRF130 Additional Information:Stainless Front Fridge 4.5 Cubic Feet
The Mandatory Outdoor Kitchen Component
The last item on our essentials list is a functional requirement. It serves a few purposes, the first being the accessibility to your internal gas, electrical, and plumbing lines for your barbecue grill and any other components you install, and the second is acting as a dry storage area. Your outdoor kitchen cabinet has plenty of space that you can convert into a dry storage area. Depending on the size of your outdoor kitchen, you’ll need to install at least one access door. In our experience, though, a combination access door and drawer unit will only lend to both the aesthetic appeal and functionality of your outdoor living area.
The Blaze 25 inch Double Access Doors feature an ideal access size for an island and an outdoor kitchen. Blaze’s commercial grade 304 Stainless Steel construction is made for withstanding outdoor elements. The access doors are the perfect storage solution for any outdoor kitchen! Door opening measurements 20 3/4 W x 16 3/4 H.
There are a plethora of other components that can you can add that will expand the functionality of your outdoor living space. You can add elements such as a trash receptacle, sink & faucet, ice maker, warming drawer, ice maker, beverage station, ice bin, power burner, and many other components. You can, in my opinion, make your outdoor living area better than your indoor kitchen, and some people do just that.
Elegant Outdoor Kitchens is your source for professional outdoor kitchen design and contracting services. If you’ve been considering an outdoor kitchen area, give us a call today to schedule an on-site design consultation. We know that once you see your outdoor kitchen mocked up as a 3D design, it’ll be an easy decision when it comes to starting the construction process.
In the meantime, check out our newest website, known as http://grillsgonewild.shop, where we retail all the custom outdoor living components you’ll need for your future project. We can assure you that you’ll find all the essential components we’ve spoken of today as well.
We all know basic hygiene and that includes keeping your hands clean. However, it is worth noting that food sanitation starts with your hands, be certain anyone handling food at any stage of its preparation has clean and sanitary hands. Dirty hands is one of the most common ways that food gets dirtied or contaminated. Washing your hands isn’t just about using the restroom or being visibly dirty. Tasks such as smoking a cigarette, or even just scratching your nose introduces a world of bacteria to your hands. When in doubt, Wash it out!
Wash all outdoor kitchen cooking equipment
Nothing quite beats the awesome feeling of cooking outdoors in your outdoor living space! However, it’s important that we remember to clean all food preparation and cooking surfaces. Just as important is to ensure all cooking equipment, utensils, and dishes are cleaned before use. While on the surface all of this cleaning seems obvious but it’s imperative to follow through with because just about anything can lead to contamination including raw meat, eggs, and poultry. If you wash a dish or surface that contained raw meat, be sure to clean and rinse the sponge you used to clean the item!
Rinse and wash all Fruits and Vegetables
Meat and poultry
aren’t the only contagions we have to worry about. When it comes to
fruits and veggies the big concern is the soil attached to them. The
dirt has the potential to contain bacteria such as e-coli so it best
to wash the produce in a bowl under running water. This is especially
true for loose produce as it more like to have soil attached to it
compared to pre-packaged fruits and vegetables.
Keep all food cool
It’s easy to get caught up in hosting and cooking responsibilities, but its important to keep foods such as cheese, coleslaw, or chicken salad inside your outdoor fridge or cooler until your ready to serve the complete meal. Foods made with mayonnaise should especially be kept cool as the high dairy contents lead to bacteria when left in a warm environment. Keep raw meats and chicken separate from other surfaces and foods, using plastic bags is a great way to keep them from one another.
Invest in a meat thermometer
The amount of time on heat and minimum temperature vary from meat to poultry and from the frying pan to an outdoor grill. Chicken, for example, has a minimum cooking temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, which is where your meat thermometer comes in handy. Ground beef is especially sensitive by its very nature, hamburger meat is chopped and reduced which can lead to bacteria being internalized. Best Practice is to cook the hamburger meat until its also brown through the center.
Designing an outdoor living space has
it’s challenges and many things to consider. We all have plans to to
entertain company in our outdoor living space, but there are other
factors to consider including our personal tastes and how everything
will tie together. With that said why not consider a kitchen classic
the L-Shape design. A popular choice for traditional in home kitchen,
its a versatile design that is ideal for entertaining. When applied
to an outdoor living space it offers a considerable amount of counter
and social space. Whether your prepping the meal or serving up a few
cocktails, you can be certain you will appreciate the additional
What makes the L-Shape Design Unique?
The L-Shape design isn’t just limited
to entertaining, if your priorities are having a functional outdoor
cooking space, than look no further than this classic design. The
L-Shape is designed with the cook in mind, offering a functional
“work triangle” that includes easy access to cooking, preparation
area, and cleaning. These three elements are a powerful and efficient
trio when combined into a single space. Your outdoor kitchen will
match your every move, ensuring that you and your guests are both
safe and comfortable.
Outdoor entertaining redefined
Entertaining guests in your outdoor
living space is both thrilling and challenging, as you’ll be working
overtime! Cooking is one thing but making sure your guests are
entertained is also your responsibility in your outdoor living space.
The additional counter space provided by L-shape design provides
ample space for guest seating and can act as a bar top!
Advantages provided by the L-Shape Outdoor Kitchen Design
• Perfect solution for a outdoor
• Adaptable to most outdoor spaces,
including small and medium kitchen areas
• Counter tops and cabinets can be
adjusted to your available space
• Efficient “work triangle”
ensures you have everything you need to make an amazing meal
• Ideal use of space for an open
outdoor living space
If I had my way, I’d cook every meal outside on the grill! However, I quickly learned that you shouldn’t have red meat more than three times a week, which equals 12 – 18 oz. Learning to cook other foods on the grill was my only option. Grilling vegetables can dramatically alter their flavor profile and grilled chicken is a great alternative protein! Let’s take a look at our options to ensure we can grill dinner every weeknight without repeating the same meal.
Lets Talk Grilled Vegetables
Grilling vegetables such as cauliflower and broccoli give them a sweeter less bitter texture and flavor. If you need to plate the vegetables quickly, consider peeling or dicing your vegetables to increase surface coverage and lower cook time.
Broccoli and Cauliflower are excellent sources of fiber but let’s not forget about our carbs, which is when we introduce potatoes. For precision grilled precision potatoes, lightly coat them with salts and black pepper, then poke holes throughout the length of the potato. Add a bit of butter and then wrap in aluminum foil and allow to cook for about an hour. If you want your veggies crunchy keep the grill lid open, keep it closed for softer vegetables.
I just can’t get enough time on the
grill, and I’ve learned that you can alternate almost at random your
produce and proteins when shopping, and they will still create a
delicious and filling meal when grilled together in your outdoor
At Elegant Outdoor Kitchens, we more than understand how big of a project it can be planning your very own outdoor kitchen space. Although, we’re here to tell you how fun it actually is, and steps you can take to make this an easier process to get started. Having an outdoor kitchen takes your living space into a whole new direction as it is practically an extension of it. You want to ensure you’re planning for this extension to be full of shade, warmth, and shelter no matter what season you may be using it in. The first step is always getting a clear idea of how you’re going to use this space. Do you like to cook outside often, or plan to? Will you be having a lot of events in this space where you want to focus on entertaining as well? Try to write down some thoughts about what you expect this to be for you, and that will help you have a great outline on how you can get started.
The second step to consider is your surroundings. Now that you have some ideas for your outdoor kitchen; it’s also important advising to the space you have in order to get the most out of what you want to see. Not only do you want to get out your measuring tape to make sure it fits, but you also want the aesthetics to be fitting regarding your home’s exterior. Don’t worry, remember this is supposed to be fun! You’re going to be excited about choosing the colors, style, and textures that complement each other once you get going. Please also note, your surrounding landscape is also pretty important. For example, in a tropical location, you might want to consider materials that are bold and stand out to compliment the lush it will contrast.
The next thing you would want to focus on is planning your layout. Just as you planned your living room for each family member to feel comfortable in no matter what occasion, you want to ensure you’re doing the same for your extension of it outdoors. This also makes it incredibly easier to know where and what to place once you get appliances for it. Something to keep in mind is your indoor living space utilizes the assistance of walls, windows, and doors whereas your outdoor space uses the space of its own. Please know to also plan accordingly to your hot and cold zones. You want to refrain putting your grill next to your refrigerator unit since your fridge is working pretty hard in the summer to keep things cold for you and your friends. This is just one of many thoughts to plan out so you can be prepared accordingly for your outdoor kitchens use.
Another step to get very excited about is choosing your appliances. Here at Elegant Outdoor Kitchens, we have a vast selection of appliances to help get you started. You can check out our page to see what options are available to you. We want to ensure you get the best when it comes to your grills/smokers since the focal point is this in your outdoor kitchen space. Once you have your appliances selected, you want to start choosing your materials especially in preparation for heavy rain, extreme heat, high winds, and even the possibility of snowstorms. It’s important to keep durability in mind, and toughness for these weather changes. Stainless steel is a very popular choice as it compliments those scenarios, and it’s also to easy to clean while looking sleek.
Finally, all you have left is your lighting and style by adding any fixtures you want to consider for it. It’ll make your outdoor kitchen come to life, and set an ambiance for the party you’re now ready to plan. Here at Elegant Outdoor Kitchens, we want you to know we have your best interest in getting exactly what you planned and need for this new venture you’re about to take on. Please don’t hesitate to contact (239) 229-9033 to get started on this journey!
In this article, we discuss five reasons to own an outdoor kitchen. In Southwest Florida, cooking outdoors can appear as if it were a national pastime. For many areas around the United States, the statistics seem to support that notion. The reaction people have to a well built outdoor kitchen is an apparent reason to want one; however, there are six other reasons to have an outdoor kitchen. Let’s take a look:
1: Expanded Living Space
Having an outdoor kitchen and living area creates a welcoming atmosphere that offers extra space for cooking, dining, entertaining, and socializing. Built-in outdoor grills are a stylish way to open up a yard while gaining new cooking space. Outdoor rated refrigerators keep ingredients and beverages cold and conveniently located. Adding a kitchen sink to an outdoor living area means fewer trips back and forth for washing hands, dishes, and utensils. Advances in building materials and outdoor rated appliances have transformed yard space into elegant and eye-catching living areas.
2: Increase Value
Let us start by pointing out that installing an outdoor kitchen does not automatically mean that property value will go up enough to cover the cost of building and installing an outdoor kitchen. Outdoor kitchens constructed with the intent of using and enjoying the space rather than as an investment is a far healthier approach. The monetary value will have many variables; however, the real value of an outdoor kitchen is in the experience that it creates. For families, friends, neighbors, and visitors, outdoor living areas are a personal touch that welcomes and invites all to enjoy.
3: Save Energy by Cooking Outside
Moving cooking outside during hotter months will keep inside temperatures lower, and having less heat in the house means that air conditioners will not have to work as hard to keep interiors cool. Save power by maintaining the cooking temperature on the outside.
4: Save Money by Staying Home
Eating at restaurants can be very costly when done frequently. Homeowners who have put the time and investment into an outdoor kitchen commonly report eating at home more often. Rather than going out for barbecue and drinks, people invite guests to enjoy the space with good company. Many outdoor kitchens include wet bars in the design to accommodate entertaining, which brings us to our final reason for owning an outdoor kitchen and living area.
5: Great for Entertaining
Anyone with an outdoor kitchen can attest to how great they are for entertaining. Family, friends, and guests alike will enjoy the customized space. In many instances, the outdoor kitchen itself becomes a topic of conversation. People can socialize, watch TV and movies, play music, and enjoy the experience and atmosphere created by an outdoor living area.
So now that we’ve discussed some significant benefits to having an outdoor kitchen, you can follow up with our tips and tricks for planning an outdoor kitchen of your own!
Located in Fort Myers, Elegant Outdoor Kitchens bring quality and experience to Southwest Florida. If you would like to talk with us directly, you can reach us at (239) 229-9033.
Owning an Elegant Outdoor Kitchen is different than going to Home Depot, writing out all the products you wish to include, hiring a general contractor and piecemealing your thoughts into an inconvenient, stress-amplifying experience. The ease we provide to our customers is beneficial for many reasons. Not only do we remove you from the unwanted burden placed upon yourself to achieve the desired result, but before the process even begins we guide you through a series of pertinent questions that may have been otherwise overlooked.
For instance, will you be hosting parties or the occasional intimate family gathering? Will you need refrigeration, natural gas or running water? Do you have the proper water lines or gas lines running to your outdoor living area? If not, have you inquired about an estimate? What type of fuel will your primary cooking components use? (Natural gas, charcoal, wood, propane, etcetera). Will you be dining outside? If so, do you want your outdoor kitchen to have reasonable accommodation for such? What type of cooking are you most interested in pursuing? Will it be grilling, baking, smoking or a combination of the previously mentioned? What kind of material finishes will you be selecting and have you considered how they’ll fair in the Southwest Floridian weather? Do you need functional storage and trash storage? What design layout works best for your allotted space? Have you spoken with a professional design consultant yet?
Reading these questions may seem overwhelming. Not only are they valid concerns, but there’s also quite a few. Many of them would’ve arisen once the general contractor had been hired, creating an added pressure to have an answer before you know if it’s the correct one, had you not considered each prior.
Andrea and Ben Poulton of Elegant Outdoor Kitchens indeed simplify the process. You can contact us for a free consultation, we’ll come by your home at a time of your selection, and together we’ll navigate the parameters and possibilities within them while focusing our attention on what’s practical, within budget and aesthetically appealing. We’ll create a mock outdoor kitchen in our software, propose it to you based on the information we’ve discussed, further reworking the design if necessary, and once you’re happy with the layout, action will ensue. You won’t have to worry one bit; continue on with your life. We’ll just be in the backyard shrouding your vision with sawdust and hard work; however, once the debris settles and our final tool goes back into its bag, you’ll realize in that moment that your selection to choose us was one you won’t regret.
Call us today for a free consultation. Let’s create something lasting, something you take pride in, something beautiful, something you.
If you live in the Southwest Florida areas of Fort Myers, Naples, or Estero, give Elegant Outdoor Kitchens a call today! We specialize in the custom design & manufacturing of beautiful outdoor living spaces.
We design & build custom barbecue island designs for our SWFL clientele! Let our custom outdoor living specialists help you choose a BBQ Island design that best fits your outdoor living space. From design concept to actual build completion, we start every project with an on-site design consultation. This process allows our team to understand both the area you have to work with as well as your aesthetic design preferences. Our primary objective is to manufacture a superior outdoor kitchen that you and your family will enjoy for many years to come. We invite you to view our outdoor kitchen project portfolio; we’re confident that you’ll be able to get some basic design ideas of what you want in a custom outdoor kitchen build. It helps when we understand what you want to achieve with your new kitchen. If you’re not quite sure what you want yet, that’s okay. We’re here to help you every step of the way. Our knowledgeable team is always here to answer any and all questions you might have when it comes to building a brand-new custom outdoor kitchen with Elegant Outdoor Kitchens.
Whether you’re looking for a convenient outdoor kitchen that enables you to grill amazing meals or you’re looking to construct a breathtaking outdoor living space with all the bells and whistles. Elegant Outdoor Kitchens has you covered. We’re here to help you explore barbecue island design concepts that work with your space and fit within your budget. What we’re not here to do is oversell you! Our design team is here to make sure you get the most out of your outdoor kitchen investment. We work closely with our clients to ensure that they receive a quality product that they can enjoy for many years to come. From professional barbecue grills to outdoor pizza ovens, the Elegant Outdoor Kitchens team is here to exceed your expectations.
Download this fantastic outdoor kitchen design guide that we’ve compiled; it will help you to start thinking about what you want in an outdoor living space.