Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor Kitchens

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The summer is here and the sun is shining, and the 4th of July is right around the corner. This combination of things may get you excited to fire up the grill and have guests over, or maybe it leaves you wanting more. If the season has you daydreaming about creating a grill master’s paradise in your own back yard, this week we’ll take you through your first steps to planning your outdoor kitchen.

Choosing Your Equipment

Modular outdoor kitchen kits are making it easier than ever before to turn your backyard or patio into into a chef’s paradise. When picking a set for your outdoor kitchen you have the option of choosing one that’s prefabricated, which comes with a sort of set design template chosen by a manufacturer. You can always go the custom design route as well if you’re more interested in a one of a kind experience. Either way you’re sure to impress and have plenty of good times enjoying the great outdoors and great company all at the same time.

Choosing a Location

Your backyard is your oyster, and just like with anything else, location matters. Outdoor kitchens closer to your house have the benefit of shielding your outdoor kitchen, at least on one side from the sun and wind while making it relatively easy to have a  covering for the space extended from your house itself.  However you’ll want to be sure that there is still plenty of open space surrounding it to avoid trapping smoke and odors. Also take special care to note how close you are to windows and doors if you want the smell of your outdoor kitchen to stay outdoors.

Building away from your home can be especially nice if you’re planning to have a more elaborate layout that maybe includes ovens, stoves, or at least cabinet space to maintain independence from the kitchen you already have inside your home. In either scenario make sure you account for mother nature. The sun, wind, rain and snow may not appreciate your space as much as you do.

Choosing your Layout

There is a lot to consider here. Most indoor kitchens will come pre-constructed, which means we usually never have to think about exactly where to place your oven, stove, cabinets, and island. If your outdoor kitchen involves a lone deck and a grill, you may be lucky (or unlucky depending on how much you enjoy this sort of thing) enough to excuse yourself from these considerations entirely. For others, the internet is crawling with articles about topics like this. Pinterest can be a great place to steal ideas, and HGTV is happy to go over the basics of designing an outdoor kitchen space in this article.

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