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Designing Your Outdoor Kitchen

An outdoor kitchen is a place where you can prepare meals, cook, & entertain while enjoying the outdoors. It expands your livable space of your home into the backyard and provides a place in which you can have family & friends enjoy for several months out of the year. A lot goes into planning & building this space; it needs plenty of research, thought, & a touch of patience. We've created a list of things you need to keep in mind while designing your outdoor kitchen.


Location, location, location.

Consider the physical environmental where you're wanting the kitchen. It needs to be able to withstand weather changes, but also needs to be relatively accessible to your utility hook ups - gas for BBQ, water for ice maker, electrical for mini-fridge.

Must consider gas, water, and electrical hook ups depending on the features you're wanting.


Layout

Maintaining a natural and workable kitchen space is key to making cooking easier & much more efficient. With that in mind, most outdoor spaces have 4 "zones": Prep, Cook, Serve, & Entertaining areas. There are several shapes to choose from to maximize your zones:


Straight/Island

This is similar to a "kitchenette" you'd find in finished basements or hotel rooms. It generates a smaller footprint and is more budget-friendly. They can be placed alongside the home or freestanding, like an island. Usually has only a grill & a prep/serving space. Could pair with a cabinet & some barstools for added versatility.

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L Shape

The L-Shape is probably the most popular layout because it adds a bit of creativity, feels large, and can support a better layout of zones. Serve & Entertain on 1 side, Prep & Cook on the other side. Plus, add some barstools and you've got all of the amenities!

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U shape

This U-Shape provides maximum versatility when it comes to number and location of each zone. This design mimics most indoor kitchens and makes the space a focal point & gathering space. It also provides the option to line multiple sides with barstools for entertaining.


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Personalization

You'll have endless options to personalize your space. From countertops to the specific elements you choose. Ask yourself what you need and what you want -- we think both are equally important!

Do you host a lot of parties? Add an ice maker!

Need storage for that extra set of plates? Add some cabinets/large drawers!

Big sports fans? Incorporate an outdoor TV above the bar!


Covered vs Open

Another thing to consider is whether or not you want the kitchen area covered or not. Adding a roof or pergola shade makes the space more usable in any weather conditions. You'll get coverage from rain, or shade on a hot, summer day.

Something to keep in mind, if you have a grill, you and/or your contractor will need to check into local codes to see the appropriate distancing between the roof/pergola & that hot surface for proper ventilation & heat to dissipate.




The options for your new outdoor kitchen space are virtually endless! You can completely personalize it to you, your family, & your space. Summit Outdoor Designs is excited to work with you to design & build your new outdoor kitchen. Give us a call today to schedule your free estimate!


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