Outdoor kitchens are becoming even more popular these days. Having the ability to cook a full meal while enjoying the outdoors with your family is an amenity that many people are looking for. If you have your heart set on adding an outdoor kitchen to your landscaping, there are a lot of decisions that you'll need to make. Here, you'll find some information that can help.
You will need to check with your local laws to learn if there are permits required to complete the construction of an outdoor kitchen where you live. If you live in a housing community, you'll need to check with your HOA as well. You don't want to break ground just to learn that you are not permitted to build in that area.
Before you get your heart set on exactly where the outdoor kitchen will be placed, you have to think about how far you want to carry the food and supplies when you're using the kitchen. You also need to consider the plumbing that will need to be installed. Choose a location that is close enough to your home that it won't be too much work to utilize the kitchen.
A complete kitchen will require water lines, electrical lines and gas line installation. Head to your local home improvement store and check out all of the outdoor appliances. You need to know what you want in the kitchen before you can know what all utilities you will need.
How large are you planning on making your outdoor kitchen? Are you planning to use it to entertain large groups or just for nice quiet dinners with the family? Do you plan to incorporate seating in the area or have a separate seating section? How much counter space do you want? How much storage space would you like?
Get a sheet of graph paper and begin to draw the rough design of what you see happening with your outdoor kitchen. Each square on the graph paper equals one square foot of space. So, if you know that the stove that you want is 3 feet by 4 feet, draw it on the paper using 3 squares to the left and 4 to the bottom. Using the graph paper will let you see how much space you'll need and how much you'll have once everything is in place.
Now you have a general idea of what it will take to get you cooking in your outdoor kitchen. Get to work and before you know it, your dream will become a reality.