Planning for an outdoor kitchen is fairly straightforward if you think about what you want and need, and research a designer who can bring the skill to the table to make it happen. When you’re researching a designer remember that good design does not cost it pays. The best design and build companies can deliver great design and quality installation, while walking you through the process – from design to budgeting, construction and permitting.
Ask yourself the following:
- How many people for dining and entertaining and how often?
- What are my grill options: gas, propane, charcoal or more than one?
- How much prep work do I want to perform outside?
- Do I want or need to have a sink area for dishes, washing hands etc.?
- Should the outdoor kitchen be a separate space from the house or should it be close to the house?
- Does the safety of children need to be considered?
- How much storage will I need and want?
One of the most common errors with outdoor living spaces is making them too small. Intimate spaces that are well designed are not only functional but they are psychologically comfortable. However, a poorly designed small living area creates a space that is psychologically uncomfortable. This point brings us back to the idea that good design does not cost, it pays.