When it’s done right, an outdoor kitchen can extend a home’s livable space. Like most home renovations, however, planning is essential. Not only will planning minimize stress, but it will also ensure the successful completion of a project. Here, you’ll learn what to keep in mind when building an outdoor kitchen.
As with other projects around the house, it’s important to set a budget before getting started. We’ll help you learn about building an outdoor kitchen and budgeting for the process. The grill is one of the most expensive parts of the project, and it’s best to account for that first. Nothing adds to the stress of a home renovation project like going over budget. But, with our help, it’s possible to avoid overspending.
Where to Build
Part of planning a successful outdoor kitchen project is deciding where to build it. There should be easy access to the indoor kitchen to save time and minimize the risk of overcooking a meal.
Coordination With the Backyard
Outdoor kitchens and living areas should blend well with the rest of the landscape. After all, it shouldn’t feel as if it’s separate from the rest of the home. When building an outdoor kitchen, consider the positioning of the refrigerator, grill, tables, chairs, decorative items, plants, bar, and other items. Keep in mind that a backyard kitchen and living area are still part of the home. Just as indoor décor should be cohesive, outdoor kitchens should flow well with the rest of the yard.
Next, determine your favorite method and style of cooking. Do you like burgers or seafood over a charcoal flame? What about a delicious pizza cooked in a brick oven? Outdoor kitchens may include electric, propane, charcoal, or gas grills, as well as stoves and ovens.
Food preparation and cleanup are also important considerations. Would you rather prep meals inside or outside? Will you need a sink outdoors? While designing an outdoor kitchen, think about who you’ll be serving. Plan a few outdoor meals and ensure the planned kitchen can handle prep, cooking, and cleaning while giving guests and family members a welcoming place to gather.
The Local Climate
If you’re in an area with a warm climate, it’s likely that the family will spend a great deal of time outdoors. Many families, especially those in the southern part of the country, all but live outdoors during the summer—which means they may need larger outdoor kitchens.
For areas with more extreme climates, placement is crucial. Pay careful attention to microclimates, and avoid spots that are too shady, too hot, too windy, or too cold. In areas with heavy rainfall, consider placing the kitchen under a patio roof.
Even if they’re covered, outdoor kitchens are exposed to wind, sun, rain, and heat. When appliances aren’t in use, they should be covered and maintained. During the planning phase, think about the effort and time required to maintain an outdoor kitchen. Will help be available, or will maintenance be a solo undertaking? The answer to that question will largely determine the size and complexity of the project.
Whether you’re building a simple space to grill a few burgers or a complete outdoor living area, proper planning will ensure the project’s success. Call or click today to schedule a design consultation with one of our experts.