It’s here, and it’s not going anywhere: the alfresco kitchen trend is here to stay! Alfresco kitchens are an amazing addition to any great outdoor space, adding flexibility to your dinner parties and social occasions, and boosting the value of your home. They come in all shapes and sizes, from a simple wood fire pizza oven to the whole kit and caboodle: oven, stovetop, bbq, dishwasher and sink – to name a few. Installing an outdoor kitchen can be a big job, but if you do your research, find a great designer and builder, and ensure you know what you’re looking for, it will be a fantastic addition to your home.

Before you sign up for your brand new alfresco kitchen, there’s a few things to think about:

Is your outdoor space set up?

Do you already have a patio or covered outdoor space to install your kitchen in? If not, ensure you sort out your design and plans for the basics first. If you already have a patio, the next thing to think about is whether or not your outdoor space is equipped with the connections and installations you will need to have your new kitchen built. From electric points to plumbing, you may need to work with various tradespeople and get in touch with your utility companies to make sure everything can be fitted appropriately.

What do you want?

As we mentioned, alfresco kitchens range from simple to extravagant, and everything in between. You may already be on your way to an outdoor kitchen: many homeowners who enjoy entertaining and the odd dinner party or two have a bar fridge outside, and a BBQ for the summer months (or all year round). Think about what you want to use your outdoor space for: is it just for the family and an occasional party, or will you need the equipment and space to cook and entertain for a large number of people regularly? Do you just need a BBQ and grill, or do you want an oven and full cooking facilities available? Are you interested in a pizza oven, or

What is your budget and space allowance?

No matter how detailed or extravagant you want your alfresco kitchen to be, in reality, you need to think about how much space you have available for all the mod cons, and what your budget is when it comes to redesigning your outdoor area. Speak with a professional designer and builder to get some idea of costs for a basic outdoor kitchen, and for something a little more elaborate. Make sure you take into account potential installation and equipment costs – not just the price of the products you want installed! Think about how much space you have available, and ensure you aren’t planning on stacking too much into a small spot – an overcrowded patio won’t be comfortable in the warmer months!

Camorino Design and Renovations are helping homeowners across Western Australia embrace the alfresco kitchen trend. We enjoy collaborating with customers to come up with the perfect bespoke design for their outdoor areas, and custom kitchens are our forte. We offer a full construction and design service, and your home is safe in our hands. Get in touch today and let’s get chatting about your brand new outdoor area.