Design Tips for Outdoor Kitchens in Portland

A rather specific infographic from Landscape East & West today tells us about how to design an outdoor kitchen in the Portland and surrounding areas. The Pacific Northwest has a different climate than other areas and your outdoor living arrangements should reflect that.

Outdoor kitchens are the new “must have” for increasing home comfort and value. The fresh air is good for everyone, and the outdoor/indoor living trend will only rise.

In Portland, you can see an average of 40.5 inches of rain per year which calls for a patio cover. There are 118 days below 40 degrees, which also calls for outdoor heaters. While it doesn’t often get below freezing, you still want to be warm and dry in your outdoor living space.

Outdoor lighting and music systems are also a must in your new outdoor kitchen. Some background music while you cook is essential just as it is essential to hosting a party. Prep areas that are weather resistant are also crucial for your outdoor kitchen. Why prep inside, when you can do it outdoors? Build a grill island in to your weather resistant countertops for optimal look.

You should also think about your outdoor garden. Place some pots with herbs or vegetables close by for fresh fare!

There’s more! Read it in the infographic below.