Having an outdoor kitchen is a dream for many, but it can also be intimidating to get started. Follow these steps to help make the job a little easier.
- Take Measurements
An essential first step is to assess the space you have to work with. This will dictate what kind of set-up will work best for the kitchen you want.
- Choose the Type of Barbecue You Want
Consider how large a cooking surface you’ll need and what type of fuel you want to use. Consider things like gas or charcoal, freestanding or built-in. There are many options and styles available.
- Determine the Type of Work You’ll Do Outdoors
Determine if you will need space for prep work, clean-up or any other kitchen-related activities you’ll want to be able to perform in your outdoor kitchen.
- Decide What Other Uses the Space Will Have
You’ll want to allow for space to entertain and eat outdoors, if that is your desire. Consider if you’ll want to build in a bar or serving counter.
- Design Your Layout
Use the “kitchen triangle” to help determine an efficient placement for the refrigerator, cooking and cleaning areas. Think about how many cooks will be in the kitchen and leave adequate space.
- Choose Your Materials
Decide on building materials, trim and work surfaces. Balance price, function and aesthetics here, and remember that these things will be exposed to weather.
- Shop and Compare
Now it’s time to price the options you’ve chosen and comparison shop to get the best deal.
Building an outdoor kitchen can be a big project. Consult with a professional to get advice and ideas to make the process easier.
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