Designing an outdoor kitchen can be an exciting, yet challenging process. If a homeowner wants their outdoor space to be perfect, it is going to take some time and thought. Keep reading to find out what things should be considered before buying appliances and breaking ground for installations.
How to Design
Some homeowners have a budget that allows hiring a designer who specializes in designing outdoor kitchens. While hiring a designer is not a reality for many homeowners, they still need to draw up comprehensive plans. Once a homeowner has considered exactly where the kitchen will be located, they need to ensure the space is adequate. One tool that can be helpful is software for designing your outdoor kitchen. Free software online will help you visualize what the kitchen can look like and will bring ideas to life.
Budget for Your Needs
The budget will be one of the most important parts of planning for an outdoor kitchen. While kitchens can vary greatly in cost, a grill will be one of the most costly items in any plan. Budget for the grill first and then all of the less-costly items. Going over the budget while completing a home renovation can be stressful and delay the project. Carefully plan what can be spent and where each dollar will go.
Consider the Backyard
An outdoor kitchen space needs to blend in with the backyard. The grill, refrigerator, tables, chairs, plants, and other items need to be part of the larger living space, not separate from it. As a room inside coordinates with the whole house, the outdoor kitchen should coordinate with the entire backyard.
Many people enjoy playing music for relaxation. An outdoor kitchen will be used for outside recreation and relaxation, so having a sound system installed can be a nice addition. It is also nice to be able to have music for large group get-togethers, such as family reunions and graduation parties.
Don’t Forget the Shade
Summers can get hot. If it’s too hot in the outdoor living area and outdoor kitchen, no one will want to use it. Keep it cool by providing some kind of overhead protection. This could be by covering the whole area or could even be outdoor umbrellas over the places where people will be gathering and where the cooking will be done. Having some overhead protection also protects from rain and other inclement weather.
Be sure to consider how many people the outdoor space needs to seat. If you have a large family, or you anticipate a lot of entertaining, have plenty of seats available. The space should feel comfortable and not crowded. If you have limited space, choose outdoor seating that is smaller and doesn’t take up a lot of space. It can also be helpful to have versatile seating that can be easily folded up and put away and then pulled out when necessary.
Because an outdoor kitchen will be exposed to the elements, buy appliances and features that can withstand the elements. Buy only items that were designed to be used outside.
With spring approaching, it is the perfect time to begin planning an outdoor kitchen. Keep these tips in mind to create the perfect outdoor space.