How to design a weatherproof outdoor kitchen

Eager to entertain at home this summer? Whether you’re just starting to think about getting your garden ready for hosting fiery barbecues or are in the midst of planning your new kitchen project and want an outdoor space to rival the indoor one, if there’s one thing an outdoor kitchen should be – apart from pretty and practical – it’s weatherproof.  

Why? Well, it needs to be protected from harsh and unpredictable weather for one – think wind, rain, frost and damaging UV rays from the sun (when it appears!) – so your outdoor kitchen stands the test of time and can be used all year round.

To help you get ready for dining al fresco just in time for balmy summer days, we’ve put together a complete guide to designing a weatherproof outdoor kitchen – from hard-wearing surfaces and durable appliances to moisture-resistant seating and dining solutions. 

Step one: The multi-functional layout

The kitchen is the heart of the home after all, so when summer hits, take this idea for a sociable space into the garden. Think of creating your outdoor kitchen much like the one inside: it needs to have all the cooking kit, storage and preparation space to make it super practical, so there’s no need to dash inside to grab missing ingredients or bring out the food once it has been cooked indoors and is finally ready to be enjoyed al fresco.

Start by thinking about the way you use your outdoor space in order to find the right kitchen layout. Do you love hosting large get-togethers and need a spacious dining area? Are you the chef of the family and need plenty of worktop space, plus the latest grilling appliances?

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Providing flexibility and functionality, the newly launched KönigOutdoor range of weatherproof kitchens from leading kitchen worktop specialists Königstone is the ultimate solution for easily recreating your indoor design outdoors.

There’s a wide range of modular units to choose from. For example, you can go all out with a grand layout with built-in appliances, a bar-style area and even incorporate sink and tap. Or if you are a bit tight on space, you could create a compact design with a single unit and a couple of barstools for dining or enjoying a cold drink.

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Achieve a glamorous look with the KönigOutdoor kitchen in Neolith’s Estatuario Silk, which offers the luxurious look of authentic marble without the high maintenance. Priced from £26,400 for a 2.5 x 2.5m size with two end panels, Fulgor three-burner grill, and a Beefeater glass-door fridge.  
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Love the trendy concrete effect? Design a compact weatherproof outdoor kitchen with an industrial twist using a contemporary finish for your surfaces such as this KönigOutdoor design in Neolith’s Beton Silk.

Step two: Resistant surfaces 

Durable worktops and furniture are key to a successful weatherproof outdoor kitchen-diner. Think scratch and stain proof plus, unlike indoor surfaces, they need to have a protective layer against UV lights and be resistant to both high and low temperatures, too.

Finished in Neolith’s sintered stone surfaces, the KönigOutdoor kitchen cabinetry not only looks great but it’s also incredibly hard-wearing, so you don’t have to worry about the fading, scratching or staining of the material – doors, worktops, end and side panels included.

Available in eight sintered stone finishes, from a timeless marble style to contemporary concrete effects, you can achieve a look to suite your style and taste, or even coordinate it with your indoor kitchen.

Plus, if you want to fully customise your design, why not make the most of the KönigOutdoor bespoke service, working with a designer so you can maximise every inch of space and achieve the aesthetic you really want?

All KönigOutdoor kitchen carcasses are made using high-quality weatherproof materials and come with a 25 year warranty against damp ingress. Plus, the plinths, drawers, handles and hinges are also completely weatherproof – bonus.
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Get the look and feel of glamorous marble in your KönigOutdoor kitchen with Neolith’s highly-resistant Estatuario Silk veiny surface – pretty and practical.

Step three: Weatherproof outdoor kitchen appliances 

An outdoor kitchen is not complete without good appliances, right? And we’re talking about more than a simple barbecue.

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Whether you’re a pizza lover, partial, prefer smoked meats and vegetables, or like to show off your flame-grilling skills, you can complete your KönigOutdoor kitchen with the latest weatherproof solutions from brands such as Fulgor Milano, Beefeater, Vitrifrigo, and Alfa Forni, which are all options when you buy a KönigOutdoor design. Or if you already have your own cooking kit, your designer will be able to integrate it seamlessly into your new outdoor space.

Hosting outdoors isn’t complete without cold drinks on tap, so make sure to include a refrigeration system, too. You could even have an ice bucket or drawer if you really fancy it.

Choose the right outdoor cooking kit to wow your guests with delicious meals. Königstone provide bespoke housing options for their new KönigOutdoor range, too, so if you wish to supply your own appliances all you have to do is give them a ring.
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Take your KönigOutdoor kitchen to the next level and keep your favourite drinks nice and cool with fridges, freezers, and ice makers from Italian brand Vitrifrigo or Australia’s Beefeater.

Step four: Durable dining and seating solutions

When it comes to the living and dining areas, your tables, sofas and barstools will sit outdoors in all weather conditions, so it’s crucial you choose weatherproof materials and finishes that are also resistant to scratches and stains.

Great options include low-maintenance, waterproof steel and iron solutions, modern-rustic resin and wicker designs, rust-resistant aluminium, or recycled plastic sets.

Weatherproof paint is also a good way to ensure any small storage solutions or furniture pieces don’t get damaged by UV lights or moisture.

To keep things looking good for years to come, don’t forget you can purchase weather-resistant covers for your furniture, appliances, seating and dining solutions, so they’ll be well protected when the weather turns.  

Ensure your dining and bar areas stand the test of time by going for moisture and stain-resistant fabrics for your seating solutions.
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From outdoor appliances and storage solutions to sinks and taps, opt for weatherproof finishes to keep your outdoor kitchen looking fresh all year round.

This article has been created in partnership with Konigstone. For further information on KönigOutdoor, email [email protected] or visit www.konigoutdoor.co.uk. For further information on Königstone, please visit www.konigstone.co.uk.

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