6 Things to Keep in Mind When Designing an Outdoor Kitchen – LIFESTYLE BY PS

6 Things to Keep in Mind When Designing an Outdoor Kitchen


Designing a custom outdoor kitchen seems to be a dream project for most homeowners. It's like an extension of your living room but in the great outdoors. You'll be able to cook, socialize, and enjoy the beauty that nature has to offer. After all, if you have the space for it, why not try and enhance its appeal? 

However, designing a custom outdoor kitchen requires a lot of work—you'll have to research, plan, and be creative throughout the process. You could hire a designer or make it a DIY project. Either way, here are a few things to keep in mind before starting this task.

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1. Figure Out Your Budget

Before you do anything, you'll need to figure out a budget. Having a vision for your custom outdoor kitchen is great, but you need to make sure there's enough money to make it a reality. Furthermore, budgeting ensures you don't overspend and have money for things that matter, such as cabinets, lighting, seats, etc. 

As you're creating a budget, here are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • Utilities: Your outdoor kitchen will likely need to have running water, lights, and other fixtures to make it the best space possible
  • Materials: The materials chosen for your outdoor kitchen determine how much you'll have to spend
  • Technology: If WiFi or television is a hot commodity in your home, you'll want to save money for installation costs

2. Location Is an Essential Factor

Your location significantly impacts the type of custom outdoor kitchen you can design because climates vary. That means the materials, design, and length of the open season will be affected. For example, living in an area prone to weather fluctuations isn't suitable for materials like tile and stone because they're prone to cracks. However, you can install outdoor heaters or a roof to extend the amount of time you have in the space.

On the other hand, living in a coastal area has impressive views, but the salty air can be destructive to your outdoor kitchen. So you'll need to use stainless steel, and powder coat finishes on some areas of your space to increase protection against the elements.

3. The Layout

A challenging aspect of designing a custom outdoor kitchen is the layout. You have so much backyard, but you must figure out how to create the most efficient space. When in doubt, you can model your outdoor kitchen after the indoor one. 

A typical design would be an L-shaped, which can complement various areas of your backyard. If you have limited space, you can add a cabinet or two and a grill—sometimes, the simpler the design, the better. 

4. Do You Want Appliances?

Adding appliances to your custom outdoor kitchen will enhance its appeal. From gas, charcoal, and electric grills to smokers—you can add anything to support your cooking creativity and make it a space where you want to be all the time. Depending on your cooking style, you may wish to purchase and install appliances with a lot of versatility.

To complete your outdoor kitchen experience, you'll also want to consider refrigeration needs. Of course, the climate will affect its efficiency. So it would be in your best interest to choose high-performing models to get a solid return on your investment.

5. Seating

Your outdoor kitchen can't be without a seating area—how else are your guests going to enjoy the delicious meals you worked hard to make? The seating doesn't have to be anything extravagant; you can have a large, low table where guests can easily place their plates and drinks while socializing.

You could also install a bar and have stools seated along it for a more modern feeling. But another option is creating multiple seating areas around your custom outdoor kitchen to create different atmospheres for guests to enjoy their grub.

6. DIY or Hiring a Contractor?

Designing an outdoor space is not for the faint of heart. As you already know, a lot goes into making it the ideal space for your family and guests to socialize. That's why as you begin planning, you'll need to consider if you want to tackle the project yourself or hire a contractor.

If you decide to DIY, you'll be in total control of the project and complete it at your own pace. However, you'll need advanced technical skills, especially regarding plumbing and installing electrical lines. 

On the other hand, hiring a contractor will be costly, and you'll be subject to their project timeline. But you won't have to get your hands dirty. So think about which option best suits you before continuing.

These Components Are Essential When Designing an Outdoor Kitchen

Designing a custom outdoor kitchen is an exciting time but takes a lot of hard work. So you'll need to keep a few things in mind before completing the project. Review the advice above and make your dream kitchen a reality.

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