Having a kitchen out of doors creates a LOT of convenience in your home. Not only does it protect the interior from the heat and smells of hot food preparation, but it also provides a wonderful alternative space for entertaining during fair weather.
So what should you take into account when designing your own outdoor kitchen?
- Know Your Space.
The size of your new installation will be dictated by how much space is available. Decide first where you would like the outdoor kitchen to be, then work within those confines.
- Form A Budget.
Knowing the intended size of your kitchen helps you shape a budget. It may also help to check out Home Depot to get a general idea of material costs beforehand. The finalized budget will guide your decision-making process.
- Decide Its Functionality.
Do you intend this space to be used all year round, or just during warm-weather months? Will it be enjoyed primarily in the evening? Is it mainly for entertaining, or for day-to-day use? Depending on your answers, it may be helpful to explore options like covering your kitchen or adding other features to extend its functionality.
- Note The Plumbing Situation.
Some patios will be kitchen-ready with gas plumbing and easy access to water pipes—and some won’t. Determining if you’ll need to install gas/water plumbing will impact your project’s design, budget, and function.
- Narrow Down Your Features.
Sound systems, lighting, appliances—there are SO many outdoor options available these days! My advice is to make a list of all your favorite features, then reduce the list according to your budget.
- Select Durable Materials.
Make your money go the furthest by investing in the longevity of your kitchen. Carefully choose materials that look great in your design and will also endure the elements and the test of time.
An outdoor kitchen can be a DIY project. However, for best results I recommend finding a local designer or contractor who can offer insight from their experiences working within our local climate. If you’d like one of my connections, send me a message!