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Setting Up an Outdoor Kitchen

Has building an outdoor kitchen been on home improvement list for a while now? Whatever your reasons were for putting off the project, here are the essentials you will need to know whenever you are ready to get started.

Stainless outdoor grill kitchen
Simple clean stainless outdoor kitchen.

Budget your Outdoor Eating Area

More important than any other element of your project will be the budget. Obviously, it’s important to know what you can afford to spend, however, a budget is much more than that. Using a budget alongside the list of what you would like to have in your outdoor kitchen makes it the perfect planning tool because it forces you to determine what items on your list are must-haves and which of those would simply be nice to have. Assigning priority to items like these helps to prevent the dreaded outcome of going over the budget, which is commonly a result of poor planning.

Creating a Layout

Right after the budget, the space you have to work with will determine what your outdoor kitchen will include. Small spaces aren’t bad things, as they actually may force you to reign in that wish list a little bit. Which is always good for the budget.

Based upon the shape of your area and the way your home is constructed, along with how often you plan to use the outdoor kitchen and your entertaining style, determine which type of layout would be most effective.

For example, if you already have a covered patio or deck area, then a good portion of the work has been done already. Consider constructing a bar style setup that features your built-in grill and other appliances on one side and a counter top and stools on the other.

Other popular arrangements include the galley style and an L-shaped layout, which are similar to kitchens inside the home.

Materials for your Outdoor Kitchen

The materials you choose for your outdoor kitchen greatly impact the final amount you’ll spend on the entire project. What is just as important to consider, however, is how the materials you choose will directly affect how long your kitchen will last and remain attractive without needing to be updated.

Popular materials for creating modern outdoor kitchens include stove, wood and colored concrete. Look through the photos for inspiration to see how those materials could be used to match the design of your home.

Outdoor Appliances & Equipment

Here’s where the fun comes in: deciding which toys you’re going to outfit your outdoor kitchen. In recent years, the possibilities have far surpassed just high-end grills. Your options are virtually endless and depending upon how much you’re willing to spend, your outdoor kitchen can rival (or even outshine) many indoor kitchens.

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