When done right, outdoor kitchens can improve the functionality of your outdoor space and give you more bang for your buck when it’s time to sell your home. However, mistakes in the design process could leave you wishing you had done things differently. Take time to plan your outdoor kitchen and think about all of the essential design considerations.
Consider the Grill
Outdoor kitchens can blow your budget if you don’t keep a tight handle on what you spend, but the grill isn’t an area where you want to cut corners. The more features you have on your grill (like a rotisserie rack or a warming tray), the more likely you are to use it.
Other items to consider when it comes to the grill include the size and where you will place it. Make sure your grill fits in the space you have designated for an outdoor kitchen or it will be money wasted. In addition, if you plan to put your grill in an enclosed area, you will likely need a vent hood to vent out the smoke.
Consider the Storage Options
Cabinets and countertops are an essential component to your outdoor kitchen if you want the kitchen to be functional. Look for materials that will withstand the weather in your area. You also want something that’s easy to clean.
Consider the Shelter
Outdoor kitchens can sit in a backyard with no shelter, but why? Providing a roof over your outdoor kitchen will help protect it from the weather and provide more shade in the summer, which means your appliances and cabinets won’t be too hot to touch when it’s time to use them. When your deck builders are working to customize your outdoor kitchen, it’s easy enough to add a shelter to the plan.
To make your outdoor kitchen function as well as your indoor kitchen, consider adding appliances like a sink, refrigerator, dishwasher, or a refreshment stand. Keep the fundamentals in mind, though: if you want to wash dishes outside, you’ll need to run hot water to your outdoor kitchen.
If you can’t afford to include everything in your original outdoor kitchen design, it’s okay. Contractors like Archadeck will work with you to design a plan that allows you to add the essentials as you’re able to afford them. In the end, you’ll have an outdoor kitchen that brings guests together and is a good investment.