Tailoring your outdoor living space to your needs is a great idea if you’re hoping to spend more time outside enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. Studies have shown that spending more time in nature is beneficial for mental health, which is part of the reason why outdoor living became such a popular trend in the wake of the pandemic. Now that we’re freeing ourselves, we don’t seem keen to turn back. One of the most luxurious additions to any outdoor living space is an outdoor kitchen, but there are some factors that need to be considered before you begin the installation process.
Of course, the first thing everyone tends to think about is their budget. This is important because you might have a dream outdoor kitchen design you saw online or thought up on your own, and you need to know if it’s feasible for you. If it isn’t, you’ll need to determine what takes priority and where you can make concessions in your design for the perfect outdoor kitchen that fits into your finances.
A contractor can be a big help here, walking you through costs and asking questions to help you determine what direction you want to go in with your final design.
The design doesn’t just come down to appliances—it includes the countertops, cabinetry, seating, and tables (if you add them). Some people choose to imitate their interior design when they have an outdoor kitchen installed, while others prefer to make it a unique space with its own flavor. It’s also important to think about your desired layout and how everything will function in your outdoor kitchen. Many kitchens have “work zones” that are meant to keep it an efficient, easy-to-use space. Take some time to think about what would make your outdoor kitchen work best for you while maintaining an aesthetic you enjoy.
Where you are going to have your outdoor kitchen installed matters. How will it work into the larger design of your outdoor living space? How close should it be to the house? What kind of seating will you use? Do you need extra space for tables?
The factors of your design and what works best for you functionally will help you decide where the best spot is for your outdoor kitchen.
Another factor that should be considered is utilities. Will you want a sink? A gas grill? A refrigerator? Having electricity, gas, and water installed adds to the project, so it’s good to think about whether these options fit into your budget or if they’re necessary for your needs.
Lastly, think about why you want an outdoor kitchen. Your reasoning can influence some of the other factors. If you want to host big cookouts, you might need extra space for tables and chairs in the vicinity of your outdoor kitchen. If you want to make more home-cooked meals while getting some fresh air, you might be happy with something more compact.
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