That's right. There are a lot of things to consider ensuring your finished product matches your expectations.
So over the next couple of minutes we're going to go through the tips and tricks on how to create a functional, yet feature rich, outdoor kitchen to be enjoyed for years to come.
Make sure that your Kitchen Island or footprint is proportional to the available space you have to work with.
It's a good practice to chalk out the area to get a visual image of whether the proposed kitchen size is a good match for the space and allows for easy access and proper functionality.
One of the most important decisions you'll need to make is choosing the right grill for you. Whether that's the traditional gas grill, or the charcoal ceramic smoker, there are plenty of options available.
You'll want to identify where utilities such as gas, electricity, and water are located on the property, and determine how accessible they are to the proposed kitchen area.
Although often overlooked, adequate counter space is critically important to our outdoor living environment. Without ample room to set, prep, and prepare our meals, we're stuck moving inside and outside of the home rather than spending time outdoors with our guests.
To make sure you have plenty of room for those guests, you may want to add a bar top to your design.
In additional to counter space, you will also want to have a plan for storage and optional accessories.
Having a place to store barbecue tools, cleaning supplies, and fuel source is critical. Optional accessories could include refrigerators for your favorite cold beverage, power burners, warming drawers, and even a pizza oven.
Another thing that's commonly overlooked is adequate power supply. You need convenient locations to plug in appliances, a radio, or to charge your cell phone.
To accentuate the beauty of your new kitchen, provide down lighting for you drawers, and of course, safety, you'll want to consider perimeter lighting.
The perfect companion for any grill is a quality barbecue light. This barbecue light from FX has a flexible neck and allows you to aim the light down onto the grilling surface, or back onto the counter top for food prep.
When positioning the barbecue light, you want to place the light far enough back to where you have plenty of room to set down food and at the same time shine the light down on the grilling surface.
Finally, you need to decide how to construct and finish your outdoor kitchen.
Ready to finish cabinets, available here, offer a faster, more efficient installation over concrete masonry units.
You should consider finish materials that complement your home and existing patio area.