There’s something about cooking food outdoors in the Hamptons that enhances the whole experience for home chefs and entertainers. Maybe it’s the aroma of grilled cuisine, or the ability to enjoy the fresh air while you create dishes for family or friends. Bringing the kitchen to your exterior living space has massive appeal, and it’s come a long way from simple charcoal grills and lighter fluid.
Today, outdoor kitchens can come with hi-tech appliances and more complex components – from side burners and griddles to pizza ovens and smokers. A sink is helpful for damage control, as is a slide-out garbage compartment. We haven’t even touched on ice makers, refrigerators, beverage chillers, and yes – even dishwashers. There’s actually more versatility and creativity available on the outside of your home than the inside.
We are fortunate enough here on the east end to have access to fresh vegetables, seafood, herbs, organic meats and poultry, and so much more. To prepare and cook this beautiful array outdoors is an incredible experience, and you’ll want to enjoy your guests while you work magic. Having a bar counter nearby where hungry friends and family can wait and watch is ideal. You don’t want to be isolated from all the fun, and they may even be tempted to pitch in and grab a spatula.
When developing the overall plan for your exterior culinary haven, you’ll want to consider shade and shelter options, seating, proximity to the house or other entertainment area, functionality, and more. As far as aesthetics, there are dozens of material options, including cultured stone, countertops, pavers, and more.
The options for creating an ultimate outdoor kitchen in the Hamptons are virtually endless. It’s time to take your chef’s hat outside.
Be sure to check out LI’s HGTV’s Winning Designer Peter Anthony Landscaping for more outdoor living trends. www.peteranthonylandscaping.com