Five Important Tips When Planning Your Outdoor Kitchen
Having an outdoor kitchen isn’t merely just a place to cook and eat: it’s a hotspot in providing your guests and yourself the best and most entertaining outdoor experience. Having a fully equipped kitchen, including everything from the likes of an in-built grill to hand-made custom cabinets, is the way to go.
Before you bring out the hammer and nails, its important to plan out what you want, where you want it and how you want it done. There’s a lot to consider, so we’ve listed down five tips to get your outdoor kitchen process started.
Get Your Budget Settled
Renovating or creating anything to add to your house is always an expensive task. Kitchens are the same, so imagine one outside? Its essential to start with a budget, so you can figure out what kind of kitchen you can afford. The last thing you want is to blow out your budget, by over-investing on items and designs that you can’t afford and will hurt your hip-pocket at the end. Doing an outdoor kitchen on the cheap isn’t a negative; it’s merely about finding other exotic alternatives.
Location is Key
We’ve all heard the term before: location, location, location. The same applies to an outdoor kitchen. Where is the closest gas link? Where will you put the lights up to keep it bright during those dark nights? There is plenty to consider when it comes to planning out where you want to create your kitchen. Take your time and do it right. The last thing you want to do is build an outdoor kitchen that is no way near a water source to clean those dirty dishes.
Think About What You Actually Want
It’s easy to get carried away with overfilling your kitchen with a wishlist of appliances. Pizza ovens, cooktops, ice maker, warmer cabinet, the list goes on and on. It is easy to get overwhelmed with choices and the desire to have it all. But that’s not the way to go about it. It is about focusing on what you’re actually going to use. Too many people overload their outdoor kitchens with appliances they don’t need and they a) never gets used and b) it turns out to be waste of money. So while you’re planning out your budget, get that wish list sorted and decide what you want to have and if you’re going to use them.
The layout of your kitchen design is very important. Where will your guests sit? Can everyone move around freely and not get squeezed in? Is it safe? These are the things you need to assess when you consider the design of your kitchen. The layout and design for your kitchen should provide enough room to cook, clean, eat and to walk through comfortably. You also have to think: how far is it from the indoor kitchen? Will I spend too much time walking back and forth getting items? Or will my outdoor kitchen have its own items? You don’t want to spend half the night walking backwards and forwards.
Get the Materials Spot On
There’s a simple difference between an indoor kitchen to an outdoor kitchen: the natural elements. Not matter what type of roof or cover you have, the likes of rainwater and intense heat, will find a way through. The idea here is ensure you have the right durable materials to ensure that such extreme weathering will not damage your kitchen. Take for examples your cabinets and cooking appliances. For the former, use waterproof coating for your cabinets to avoid it getting damped and moist. And for the latter, use stainless steel to avoid corrosion (and make it easier for yourself to clean)
Finally, consider safety aspects. You don’t want your guests (or you, actually) falling over a slippery and wet floor if you’re putting up tiles. You’ll have to consider that apart from food and your guests, the natural elements are going to find their way in, so plan ahead for the unexpected.