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Taking Your Kitchen Outside — Add another dimension to your Northern Virginia home

Whether you plan to eat at the outdoor table every night or simply want it there for special occasions and holiday meals, an outdoor kitchen can be everything you wanted and outside too! These tips will help you create an outdoor living area and discover how this can free up other areas of your home.

Choose whether your cooking apparatus should be based on gas or electric. Gas stoves and grills get hot quickly and are the most popular choice but, if you can install electrical power to the cooking area, consider an outdoor grill with motorized hotdog racks, bun warmer or any other specialized tool that goes along with it.

Pick comfortable furniture. Look for fabrics that will weather well in outdoor environments and compliment the colors of your patio paving and your landscaping design scheme as a whole.

Don't forget the lights. Yes you are outside and there is a moon up there , but it is still not bright enough for most people with a dinner plate in front of them. Entertaining after dark can be the time you use your deck and enjoy the benefits while your friends are round.

Next consider whether or not you need access to cold beverages outside. Your Herndon, VA outdoor kitchen is not complete without a few appliances and something to keep beverages warm or cool. When cool is the option we're going for, options are plenty in terms of under-the-count refrigerators or wine coolers.

Whenever installing electrical equipment in potentially damp locations, ensure that you obtain the services of a licensed electrician who will help you select and install the equipment that is safe for those conditions using circuits with the correct type of cabling and ground fault protection.

When your outside kitchen starts to feel like a special addition to your inside space you will find that you can entertain even large groups while keeping the inside of your home a tranquil haven for your family.

For more information on creating your own private getaway in your back yard, contact the experts at Lost Creek Landscapes. Whether you need help choosing a plant or need to construct a complete inside-outside recreational space we are here to help you. Serving all of Northern Virginia, including the Washington DC metro area, our experts are here to help.