This time of year that this article is being written is winter. That means all we can think about around here is some are and how we can make the best of summer. For some of us, this means coming up with a plan on how to build outdoor kitchen. There is nothing more we like around here at this time of the year at the dreaming about eating outside and enjoying the outdoors without freezing ourselves. If you are like us in our thinking about how to build an outdoor kitchen I want to share some of our experience at what we’ve gone through so far in designing our outdoor kitchen.
First you need to understand that as with any big project no matter how much thought and energy you put into designing it there will always be something that comes up to make it a little more expensive and take a little more time. One of the first things you need to consider is how many months out of the year you want to use your outdoor kitchen. If you live in an area that does have the four seasons you will want to decide how much weatherproofing you want to do. If you live in a very cold area and only want to use your outdoor kitchen for a couple of months out of the year or maybe four or five months, then it will cost you less money to build. You may also want to consider building an outdoor kitchen that can be weatherproofed later on so that you can use it more time out of the year.
My goal is that you will be able to plan for everything and have enough money in your budget to do what you want to do. The first thing you need to think of is where you’re going to put your outdoor kitchen. You want to build the kitchen out of the wind. It is also important that you don’t have any part of your home overhanging the cooking area. For that matter, make sure you don’t have any plans or any decorations hanging above the cooking area. The heat from the cooking area will ruin plants. You don’t want anything hanging over the area because you do not want to have a fire hazard.
Another important thing to consider when deciding where to place your kitchen is how close you want to have it to your house. You want to have a close enough so that you are not running around like a crazy person trying to bring things from the inside to your outdoor kitchen. Of course how much running around you will have to do also depends on what type of appliances you decide to have it your outdoor kitchen. For example if you decide to install a refrigerator that can cut down on a lot of your running back a forth.
Another thing you want to consider is how much you want your outdoor kitchen to resemble your indoor kitchen. I don’t mean the design of it as far as colors etc. what I mean is do you want to have a sink? Do you want to have electricity? All these things are fine to have, but they will add cost to the final project. This is because electrical wire will need to be brought in for electricity and plumbing will need to be run for the sink. If your budget can handle it I suggest you do this because it will make it easier to use or outdoor kitchen and therefore you will enjoy it more.
The last thing I would want you to consider is what type of equipment you want to have in your outdoor kitchen you wanted to be tough because it will have to survive some of the elements. So make sure you don’t go for the cheapest thing because you do want it to last long without having to replace it.
All in all just have fun designing your kitchen stick to your budget and you will enjoy the fruits of your labor and research as you’re sitting outside with a nice juicy steak in your own backyard.