Tip #1- Determine how much space you have
Evaluating how much space you have to work with will determine the size of your outdoor kitchen. Your layout should be decided based on your patio shape and size. In addition, you will need to consider where to place your kitchen and the features you want to include. Your design may change based on the appliances and amenities that you wish to include.
Tip #2- Materials to withstand the elements
Here in Texas, we enjoy sunny skies and warm weather for most of the year. Obviously, an outdoor kitchen needs weather-resistant materials, but this is one area where you will want to take into account your local weather conditions. Therefore, pick materials that can withstand harsh weather like brick, concrete, stucco, stone and granite. This will ensure your kitchen survives the elements just fine.
Tip #3- Determine your budget
It’s important to figure out what features you want so that you can be sure to include them in your costs. If you want a grill with all the bells and whistles, plan your space around that. If you want to have enough seating for a huge group of friends and family, focus on that first. Knowing what your budget is will help you prioritize what your needs are going into your project. This will help you get your ideal outdoor kitchen within your price range.
Tip #4- Additional Seating
The purpose of an outdoor kitchen isn’t just to prepare food, but to serve it and entertain family and friends. Adding a bar seating area can be a great way to include more seating but also elevate your new kitchen. Also, you could make space for an outdoor table to dine at if you plan on utilizing the outdoor kitchen a lot.