Outdoor Kitchens are becoming increasingly popular additions to homes because of their convenience and overall attractiveness. Before building one, there are a few things you should consider that will help you to make the perfect outdoor kitchen space. These six tips can be used as knowledge to create your own outdoor kitchen or as advice when hiring someone else to do it.
1. Plan out the Layout
It is important to plan out how your outdoor kitchen will look before starting construction because this ensures all appliances are in convenient locations. For example, if you’d like an outdoor grill, you’ll need to place it near a path that leads back into your house so guests won’t have far to walk to use the grill after you’ve prepared your food. Also, much of how your outdoor kitchen construction project will turn out depends on how well you considered certain aspects of the plan. The layout plan is crucial when it comes to deciding between custom-built and prefab outdoor kitchen options for your outdoor space. The prefab kitchen is ideal for a wide outdoor space but limited budget. Custom-built and ready-to-assemble outdoor kitchens are excellent choices for outdoor spaces with limited sizes. These options have their pros and cons, so you need to decide which option works best for your current and future needs.
2. Check if You Need a Permit
Depending on what you want for your outdoor kitchen, it’s possible that a permit will be required before construction will be approved by the city. If you’re going to have a grill or other open-flame cooking device, check with your local fire department to make sure a permit is not needed. In addition, an outdoor sink may require one as well because water from outside often has more contaminants than water from inside the house. Be aware of all rules and regulations before starting!
3. Choose Your Appliances Wisely
Choosing appliances for your outdoor kitchen can be tricky because they must withstand the elements without being too bulky or unsightly. This will help you to determine which appliances are best for your kitchen and what is most important. If it rains a lot where you live, you may want to invest in a small umbrella or canopy that can cover your outdoor grill or if you have lots of trees around your yard, consider choosing appliances that blend into the outside environment instead of standing out. A few key appliances that every outdoor kitchen needs are a grill, refrigerator, and sink. You can purchase these appliances pre-made or custom design them to your specifications. Stoves are also useful, but not as common as the first three because people tend to cook outside on grills more often than they use an indoor stovetop.
4. Choose Your Countertop Wisely as Well
A countertop is another place where functionality should come first. In addition to being able to withstand heat from cooking appliances, many countertops also contain sink space so guests don’t have to go inside after eating outside. Also, it’s the countertop surface that will be used for food preparation, so you need to make sure it’s durable and easy to clean. Granite or marble are both good options, but they can be expensive. If you’re on a budget, consider using a concrete countertop. It’s not as pretty as granite or marble, but it’s very durable and easy to clean. Natural stone is another excellent cost-effective alternative because like concrete, it requires little upkeep and maintenance. Even a board on top of stones is a great idea.
5. Pick Your Flooring Wisely
Just like with your countertop, the flooring of your outdoor kitchen must be able to handle heat and rain without being damaged. For example, having tiles instead of linoleum on the ground will make it easier to clean up after cooking or eating outside. Choosing something that you can easily sweep into a dustpan if it’s not going to clog up your outdoor drainage system which needs a clear path for water runoff at all times.
6. Hire a Professional If Needed!
If you’re unsure about any aspect of building an outdoor kitchen or have no experience doing so yourself, hiring someone who has done it before is always an option. This will take some of the stress away from the project and ensure it is done correctly the first time. Professionals often have access to higher-quality materials and appliances that the average person might not be able to find.
Building your outdoor kitchen can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it’s important to remember these six tips to make sure it is done correctly and Functionally. By planning ahead and choosing the right appliances, you’ll be able to enjoy many summers of cooking out in style!