1. Determine your entertaining style & “must- have” features:
The first step for designing the right outdoor kitchen for you is to honestly evaluate your outdoor entertaining goals.
How many people do you want to entertain at once?
Do you want seating? If so how many people?
Are you going to have plumbing, electrical, gas ran to the location?
Some popular features you might consider are:
BBQ Grill, Smoker, Pizza Oven
Sink, Ice Bin, Cocktail Center
Side Burner or Warming Drawer
Storage Cabinets, Trash Drawer or other storage options
2. Evaluate your space & Determine your kitchen layout:
An outdoor kitchen should not only be customized to your entertainment style but also should fit into your backyard.
When choosing a spot for your kitchen, consider the following factors:
Amount of sun & shade
Will all your appliances fit in your layout
Where you can or can’t run plumbing or gas lines
Understanding these factors will help shape your outdoor kitchen design, and even open up new possibilities
3. Choose your appliances:
Once you’re pretty well settled on the general design, it’s time to decide on the style and sizes of your appliances. This will allow you to get more accurate measurements for your kitchen design. All grills, doors, drawers, refrigerators, ice chest, etc, will vary in size and shape depending on the manufacturer.
4. Get a design:
Before you can move on to the building phase, you’ll need to have a design that shows everything accurately. You will be involved in a photo realistic 3D design process that allows you to view the proposed design from all angles. This means you are fully aware of what to expect and can make any of those small changes that will ultimately, make the big difference to the finished kitchen.
5. Decide how much of the WORK you’d like to do:
Some people are the DIY types that like to do every aspect of the project. Others prefer to let a professional do the finishing touches. We offer a list of local contractors that can finish your project, from granite, masonry, electrical, plumbing and concrete contractors.
Whatever your style, you have the option to be as hands-on or hands-off as you like. Call us for a free consultation