Designing An Outdoor Kitchen

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While you're brainstorming outdoor kitchen ideas, think of the kitchen as an extension of your home. Why not have the functionality and comfort of your indoor kitchen? Before you buy your equipment and create a design, consider what you want out of your outdoor kitchen.

If you are handy and feel comfortable doing home improvement projects, you can save a lot of money by building the kitchen yourself. However, for aspects such as plumbing, electrical, and gas, it's best to consult a professional.

Outdoor Kitchen Construction


Outdoor Kitchen Construction

You'll definitely want to build your outdoor kitchen with all-weather materials to extend its lifespan even further. If you're building it on a deck, make sure the deck is made of treated lumber or another type of wood that will last.

Most outdoor kitchen walls are made with concrete blocks that can be covered with a masonry or faux stone veneer. The most popular choices are brick, stucco, or stone. For countertops good choices include granite, tile, slate & stainless steel.

Modular cabinets are also an option for your outdoor kitchen frame. They connect together, and are easy to assemble. When assembly is complete you can choose the size and shape of your island as well as the veneer and countertop for a customized outdoor kitchen.

Remember if you are building with combustible materials make sure to use an insulated jacket with your grill.

Plumbing and Electrical

If your outdoor kitchen includes a sink, you'll need a water line that's connected to your home water supply or fed through a hose. You typically may just need a cold water line, unless you want to wash dishes outdoors.

Don't forget to include plenty of electrical outlets. Rotisserie systems, grill lighting, refrigerators, etc. all require electricity to operate. Outdoor outlets should be ground fault circuit (GFCI) types. We recommend hiring a licensed electrician since they will know local codes and make sure your wiring is compliant.

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What Are Your Entertaining Needs?


Entertaining in an Outdoor Kitchen

Considering how frequently you entertain family and friends will help you determine how large your kitchen should be. Of course, you'll also need to consider the size of your backyard and the layout of your outdoor area. Here are a few questions you should ask before designing a plan:

How often will you grill?

If you plan on using the grill regularly (several times a week) and enjoy trying new recipes or cooking techniques, you'll need a grill with enough features that can keep up with your grilling style. Basic grills may not have enough power or features to satisfy your grilling needs. Side burners, power burners and built-in griddles are also great additions to have near the grill. With a side burner, you can easily prepare sauces or side dishes while grilling, and built-in griddles can add great versatility to your cooking.

Do you entertain on a regular basis?

While you're in the planning stages, think about the kind of equipment you would like to have in your outdoor kitchen. If you like to entertain, it would be best to consider at least a 36" or larger grill. This will allow you to cook enough food to feed a crowd so you won't have to spend all day grilling. Don't forget to plan for adequate storage in your kitchen as well. Trash bins and paper towel holders come in handy when you're entertaining, and they can help eliminate unnecessary trips inside.

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Determine your Budget


Complete Outdoor Kitchen

Think about how much money you are willing to spend. If you're building a premium quality outdoor kitchen, remember the equipment will often have a lifetime guarantee and the highest quality stainless steel. Outdoor kitchens make a good investment on your home, and they're a great selling point if you decide to sell your house.

The location of your kitchen will play important roles in determining the size, shape, and number of components the kitchen will likely need. If you're building a kitchen connected to your house - on a patio, for example - you can put fewer components in the kitchen because you can easily run inside for things. However, if it's separated from the home, such as out by the pool, it may be more of an inconvenience if you have to make multiple trips indoors to grab food, dishes, etc.

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If you need design assistance, please call 877-743-2269 to speak with one of our Outdoor Kitchen Consultants today, or schedule one to call you at a time that is convenient for you. Email us anytime @ customerservice@shopperschoice.com.