Building your Outdoor Kitchen

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Building an outdoor kitchen is a great way to make the most out of your outdoor living space.  It allows you to entertain outside not only in the summer months, but to cook outside all year round.  Having an outdoor kitchen will add versatility to your patio while increasing the value and fun!

Here are some tips on how to get the most from your outdoor kitchen.

  1. Start from the beginning.
    Establishing what materials should be used in your kitchen is a great place to start.  Take into consideration what kind of weather the kitchen will be faced with.  You will also want to be aware of the type of flooring in your kitchen, since it will most likely be exposed to the elements.  Remember, safety first!
  2. Where to place it?
    It’s important to put your kitchen grill away from where the smoke could disturb your guests or your home.  You’ll also want to consider putting it not too far away from the indoor kitchen, as you may be making trips back and forth.  Also, if the view from inside is important, think about putting your kitchen away from windows where it may block the view.

  3. Appliances.
    The size of the appliances you will be using will affect the overall design of the kitchen.  Remember to leave enough room on either side of the grill for utensils and platters, and think about the seating for your guests, as well as the layout for any type of buffet or catering you may have.
  4. Storage.
    Make sure that you not only have lots of storage space, but that it’s water and weatherproof, too.
  5. Bring the indoors, outdoors.
    Adding a pergola or a removable tent or umbrella can make your kitchen usable rain or shine.  It can also help to protect your appliances from the weather as well.  Add plenty of lighting for safety, and consider adding a bug net, heat lamps or ceiling fans to make your outdoor kitchen as comfortable as possible.  

What item will your kitchen absolutely need?