Outdoor livingHow to Plan the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen

June 6, 2016
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A thoughtfully-constructed outdoor kitchen will allow you to host outdoors for a large part of the year.

Summer is the time for outdoor barbecues and parties. A well-planned outdoor kitchen not only makes outdoor gatherings easier and more comfortable, but it can also extend your outdoor time to well past the summer. Here are a few things to consider when planning your perfect outdoor kitchen.

Start from the Ground Up

The material you choose for flooring isn’t only going to have an effect on the aesthetic of your backyard; it will also have an effect on the safety. Many outdoor kitchens are built near pools. So, that marble or slate tiling, while being an attractive choice, may pose a slippery hazard when it gets wet. These materials may not hold up to grease stains, either. If safety is a concern, talk to our designers about what materials will be the best choice for you. If you have a deck, you may want to consider restaining it to match the flooring material you choose for your new outdoor kitchen.

Location, Location, Location

Before you begin working with our designers to draw up a solid outdoor kitchen design, take a moment to pay attention to the general wind pattern in your yard. If the wind seems to blow in a direction that will make smoke from the grill blow into your home, then perhaps consider a different orientation for the grill. You also don’t want to place the grill too close to the entrance of your home, lest the smoke blow towards visitors waiting to enter. It’s a good idea to try to position your outdoor kitchen close to the entrance to your indoor kitchen. This way, if you need to run in and out of your indoor kitchen for equipment, food, etc. you won’t have far to go. Finally, consider how the view from inside your home will be affected by the new outdoor kitchen. Will new structures be blocking your view of the bay? Consider building in a different location.

Plan for Storage

How often do you think you’ll use your outdoor kitchen? What kind of cooking do you plan on doing? What sort or tools and equipment do you want to store close at hand? Planning for how you will use your outdoor kitchen can help you to choose the right kind and amount of storage. No one wants to have to keep running inside to get tools that there wasn’t room enough to store outside. Visualizing how you will use your outdoor kitchen is an important step in the decision-making process.

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