How to Design the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen
If you are a homeowner and like to be outdoors, you most likely grill on a regular basis. Have you considered adding an outdoor kitchen to your home? Many homeowners who love spending time outside will add an outdoor kitchen to be able to grill and have access to cooling elements, a sink and more. Outdoor kitchens come in all shapes and sizes with specialty components based on what you like to cook. Below are a few tips on how you can design the perfect outdoor kitchen.
Get started by making a wish list. What type of outdoor kitchen would you like? Do you want a built-in grill with brick work, a sink and refrigerator? These are the types of features you can add to your list. Consider every element you wish to add to your space so you can see just how much would need to be spent.
Contact the Professionals
While anyone can set up a grill outside, it takes a professional to install outdoor kitchens. If you have an existing patio space, you may just need slight brick work or a structure to help create the kitchen. A landscaping designer will be able to assist you with bringing life to your plans. Have a designer come to your home and show them your outdoor space. Show the designer your list and what you would like to do outside.
Once the plans and space have been viewed, the designer can get to work streamlining your design. You can get an estimate on how much the project will cost and then be able to determine if you can cover the price point. If not, you may have to scale back your design to meet your budget needs.
During the planning stages of your outdoor kitchen space, you can add in specialty elements as well to make the space unique. A common addition to an outdoor kitchen is a pizza oven. A brick pizza oven is a unique feature that can be used by those who enjoy fresh pizza. This is one way you can add a specialty element to the design of your outdoor kitchen. You can add a waterfall for a visual element or add in a fire pit for extra light and cooking options. Who doesn’t love a hot dog roast over an open fire! Remember this space is being created specifically for you so feel free to add flare to your design plans.
Be prepared to pay a great deal of money to upgrade your home to have an outdoor kitchen, especially if you do not have a patio space. You can easily spend a few thousand to tens of thousands to create an outdoor kitchen, but consider this. An outdoor kitchen is an extension of the home. Another area in which to gather and have fun with family and friends. The cost will pay for itself in many ways as you enjoy the space or have an area that will only increase the overall value of your home.