Design Tips For Outdoor Kitchens
October 15, 2009
Outdoor kitchens are all the rage but before you can even consider adding more to your space than your barbeque, it is important to lay out a design. Designing your kitchen in advance will help you to ensure that the space will function the way you want it to and that the space will accommodate any needs that you have. Not all homeowners will spend enough time on the design application that they should. This simple step in the process will help you achieve real results.
Select a location that is level. Ensure that the space is conveniently located to the home so that you can easily entertain both within and outside the home. Also of importance is the work space's flooring. You will need something that is durable, but that is also able to be cleaned easily even outdoors.
Next, consider the major systems in the kitchen, such as electric, gas and water systems. How will these run from the supply lines currently in your home? More so, are there any code issues that you need to adhere to before installing these? It is best to use a professional to install these systems simply because in most areas a licensed professional is required to do them.
Plan your storage. Under cabinet storage, like that in your kitchen, is a good idea. Unless the location will be enclosed, having any type of hanging storage is usually not an option. You can also consider rollaway carts and islands to add more work surface.
Outdoor kitchens that are planned in advance have the most success. You may even want to consider hiring a professional to do the work for you to ensure that the plans are well thought out.