• Think about who your kitchen will serve. If you have a small family, then a smaller area may suffice. A nice table in the shade, a two-burner stove and a preparation area should work well for you. On the other hand, if your kitchen is for a large family, then consider extending it. Of course you can get as fancy as your budget allows, but a larger family does require a larger eating area. For an outdoor kitchen, consider a full four-burner cooktop, a larger preparation area and even a sink.
• Think about how often you entertain. If you have a nice backyard with a pool, consider how often you normally entertain. If you had an outdoor kitchen, would you entertain even more? If you like to entertain then consider appliances that are easy to use and highly functional. You want pieces that give you a lot of mileage and look great. Nothing is better than sitting by the pool and enjoying friends while great burgers are on the stove cooking up for a nice meal.
• Think about your budget. The good news is that outdoor kitchen areas can add value to your home. If you plan on resale, it is a great investment as long as you create a cap. If you know that you likely can sell your home for $20,000 more than you paid for it, consider a kitchen plan that is around half as much. That way you can still hopefully recoup your investment and make a little something more.
• Remember that you’ll have to pay for installation. It’s best to discuss your options with a contractor first, before you start purchasing anything. This way they can tell you the most probable area for your appliances and what is feasible in your yard. A pool can take up a lot of space, so building your outdoor kitchen strategically around it is key to having a good flow of the overall area.
• Think of the landscaping. If you have intricate landscaping, you may have to give up some of it to dedicate to the kitchen. Granted it likely isn’t a difficult trade since you’ll be gaining a wonderfully functional area, but still it has to be considered. You also should consider what landscaping you may install around your kitchen. Hedges, bushes and trellises can all create privacy.
An outdoor kitchen area is a fantastic addition to your property. Do some strategic planning, discuss options with a professional and then have a great time. You’ll likely love your new space