So, you’re going to go with the outdoor kitchen craze huh?! Congratulations! That is a big decision and to do it right, you’ll be making quite an investment. But the return you’ll get will be awesome, whether you’re planning on staying in your home forever or selling it in the future.
One of the biggest things about an outdoor kitchen is to add have a built-in grill. You can go electric, natural gas, or propane. Or you may want to be old-school and have a charcoal grill, they all have their plusses and minuses. But, we don’t want to get ahead, so we’ve laid out 5 steps that you can follow as a plan for designing your outdoor kitchen.
1.What is your expected purpose of having an outdoor kitchen?
No doubt about it, an outdoor kitchen will be taking your backyard to another level and adding value to your home. If you plan on grilling, there is the type of grill decision as we mentioned earlier. If you plan to have family and friends over a lot, you’ll want to have plenty of seating, and if you plant on eating outside, you’ll need plenty of table space too.
2.What will you need in your outdoor kitchen, besides the grill?
Besides the grill, you’ll need prep space, lighting, and storage. You may want to look at having a refrigerator, a side burner, maybe a pizza oven? The options are endless and this is your blank slate to work with.
3.Where is your outdoor kitchen going to be placed?
One thing that will determine how big of an outdoor kitchen is your budget. The next thing is the space you have in your backyard. The closer to the house, the less expensive it will be to run things like electricity, gas, and water. But you also need to check with your POS and the local governing body as well. There may be requirements and restrictions.
- What shape do you want and will work for your outdoor kitchen?
Once you have decided where to install your outdoor kitchen, you’ll need to decide if you want one straight counter, do you want an L-shape or a U-shape? The straight one counter will be the least expensive of course, but the L-shape and the U-shape will have more of a design impact.
- What type of materials do you want for your outdoor kitchen?
This may take a while because of so many choices out there. Steel is great because it is heat resistant and sturdy against the elements. Tile is inexpensive and popular for the counter tops. And stone can be inexpensive, if natural stone, it is strong against the elements, just as concrete counter tops would be. Or if you have a large enough budget, then go with the granite like you have inside your home and carry your style outside.