Designing an outdoor kitchen may be the fulfillment of a lifelong goal. The thought of having friends, co-workers and family members over for a little outdoor barbecue and fun in the sun is one that appeals to many homeowners around the world. If it appeals to you, then you’ve probably asked the question, “How do I design an outdoor kitchen?”
The first thing you should do is actively seek out design patterns to determine the look of the area. Do your homework and choose something that feels right. It’s hard to undo once you have broken ground and the best way to avoid headaches and hassles down the road is to plan effectively. That will lead you to the next step:
Make it happen. Easier said than done, you are probably thinking. Few people who want to design their outdoor kitchen can probably not build one. Still, it is important to have some understanding for how to make it happen. Ideally, you want to use as many existing power sources as possible to cut down on cost.
It is probably not possible to keep from hiring an electrician. At the very least, you should consult with one to get the logistics down. Marry the design to what is possible, and then move on to step three:
Blueprint it. The overhead shot is the best way to determine what will work and what will not. This is also the stage where some new ideas may come your way that you feel will make the outdoor kitchen more effective. Once you have a satisfactory blueprint down, it’s time to flesh out the design, and the only way to do that is to move on to step four:
Select materials. The Internet has made it easier than ever to put the kitchen of your dreams together. By learning from the ideas of what others have done before you, it can often spark creativity and lead to some new design ideas that really bring out the best in your kitchen cabinets, backsplash, and countertops. If you have a few special ideas down, you may wish to meet with an interior decorator and get their advice on durable and cost effective materials that can make your outdoor kitchen become a reality. And that leads to the fifth and final step to outdoor kitchen design:
Selecting appliances. Every kitchen needs appliances to function properly and truly be called a kitchen. Of course, it helps to know to what extent you will be using your outdoor kitchen. If you are the type who entertains frequently, then you will not want to leave anything out. If you’re simply looking for a light storage area for snacks and drinks, you may be able to cut out some features. Either way, it’s all about the planning.