4 Tips for Creating the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen

4 Tips for Creating the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen
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    Outdoor kitchens are all the rage right now.

    They can turn the area around the grill or pizza oven into a social space and allow the cook the space to roam and work more efficiently.


However, without proper planning, you could either go over budget or consume too much of your limited yard space trying to build one. Here are four tips for creating the perfect outdoor kitchen.

Determine If It Is Permanent or Portable

Before you start designing the perfect outdoor kitchen, think about whether or not the project is permanent or portable. If you’re going to take the gas grill and related equipment with you when you move in a few years, you should design an outdoor kitchen that lets you take most of the elements with you. This also means that the entire outdoor kitchen should be either portable or the permanent elements something that future homeowners are fine with.

Plan for Realistic Use

Outdoor cooking has evolved far beyond grilling steaks and shish kabobs on a hibachi. You can find outdoor kitchens that look just like indoor kitchens. Determine if you really need a fully functional kitchen or something more basic and select what you’d realistically use.

Too many people ignore the logistics of an outdoor kitchen. For example, if you locate the kitchen outside without having it under an awning or solid roof, you may not be able to use it during rainy weather.

Install lights so that you can continue to grill or clean up after the sun goes down. If you live in a cold area, consider adding heat lamps or outdoor heaters to make the area comfortable.

Select the Right Cabinetry

Outdoor cabinetry needs to be robust enough to deal with outside conditions and the normal wear and tear that comes with constant usage. The perfect outdoor cabinetry will be functional and long lasting as well as good-looking.

Some of the best outdoor cabinet makers can design them to suit any layout and provide all of the same features your indoor cabinetry has, such as self-closing drawers for instance. The benefit of attractive cabinetry is that it can blend into the outdoor structures or become part of the view.

Consider Your Space and Its Utilization

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Outdoor kitchens, like indoor kitchens, shouldn’t be cramped. Think about where you’re locating items, since you may not want to have to hike across the yard to start up the grill.

You could consider outdoor kitchen designs that let you utilize the indoor kitchen. For example, have an outdoor grill, counters, cabinets for storage and seating but set it next to the kitchen window so you can pass dirty dishes and fresh food back and forth.

You could even consider making the outdoor kitchen an extension of the indoor kitchen. Or, if you have the space and budget, you should consider designing a fully functional outdoor kitchen so you never have to go inside.


A good outdoor kitchen will allow you to enjoy the company of your family and guests while having a great space to work in. Just take the time to consider all the options available and plan correctly before you have it designed and built.

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