It’s no surprise that more and more people are investing in outdoor kitchens for their homes. The beauty and peacefulness of being outside can do wonders for the soul. By having an outdoor kitchen, you can spend more time with your family and friends enjoying the outdoors rather than in the house. Let’s take a look at some of the factors you should consider when you start planning out your outdoor kitchen project.
Before you even start dreaming about the specifics, you’ll need to set yourself a budget. You may have to research some general estimates, but don’t fall in love with one design just yet. Give your finances an honest review and see what you will need to set aside for your outdoor kitchen. You want to be comfortable with what you’re going to spend and not overwhelmed with unexpected costs later on. If you need to, talk with an outdoor kitchen specialist to estimate a ballpark price for your unique space.
Next, it’s time to consider the actual size of the outdoor space that you’ll be using. Do you want to use the whole backyard for your outdoor kitchen area? Are you going to devote a corner of the yard to your setup? Think about what the dimensions are going to be for your kitchen project now, and this will give you a good starting point. When you know how much space you have, you can start fitting in the necessary components. This will help you to determine the sizing requirements for some of your items. Take some time to think about how much space you’re going to devote to your kitchen area and write it down on paper.
The next components you will want to consider are the features that will be placed in the area. Many outdoor kitchen areas feature a focal point such as a beautiful stone fireplace, oven, or fire pit. Consider whether you would like stone seating built in or whether you want the area to be partitioned off by a unique stone wall. See our work for some creative and beautiful ideas.
It can be very easy to overlook necessary components when planning the space so spend some time browsing pictures and articles online. See what components others have in their own setup that you really like, and then decide what you want to include. Make a list of the must-have items for your kitchen setup as well as a few wishes.
Another important consideration is your future plans for your home. Do you plan on owning your home for a couple of years or a couple of decades? If you plan on keeping the home for a long period of time, focus on designing the area to fit your family’s lifestyle and needs. However, if you are adding the outdoor kitchen to add value to the home for a future move, you may want to research what others are looking for in an outdoor space. Design something that will be a selling point and draw more buyers to the home. Your kitchen setup can be extravagant or plain but it should fit with your future plans for the space.
The last thing you’ll want to consider when it comes to your outdoor kitchen setup design is maintenance. As with any good upgrade to a home, you need to be willing to spend time and money on keeping its original beauty. Think about using materials such as stone and concrete that require less maintenance, and purchase the necessary tools and protective items to keep everything in the best condition.
An outdoor kitchen can be a wonderful addition to your property. Not only will it boost the value of your home, but it can also improve your quality of life. There are many considerations to think about when designing the space. Spend some time researching and planning, and you will soon be spending quality time outdoors with your friends and family.