Upgrading your outdoor entertaining space to a full outdoor kitchen is an excellent way to host gatherings.  Building an outdoor kitchen is more than just a grill and a place to sit.  If you take the time to consider each aspect of your future outdoor kitchen, you can create an inviting atmosphere that your family will love to use throughout the year.

What to Consider When Building an Outdoor Kitchen

Your Entertaining Style
If you want to get the most out of your outdoor kitchen, you need to select the features that work with your style of entertaining. For example, if your vision of entertaining doesn’t include constantly staying in contact with your guests, you can skip on extra seating. Without needing extra seating, you can have more space to work on your meals.  But if everyone is already huddled around the kitchen bar or island inside while meals are being prepared, you might want to include one in your new outdoor kitchen.

Location
The location of your outdoor kitchen can impact its features and functionality. Placing an outdoor kitchen near your home makes it easier to have advanced features such as water, electrical and gas lines. Having a kitchen close to your home also makes it easier to take things in and out of your house, including food and plates. However, having your outdoor kitchen too close to your home can lead to smoke and cooking odors wafting back inside your house. Make sure to consider the location of your outdoor kitchen will affect your yard and how your family typically uses it. Having multiple heat sources in the immediate vicinity of where your children play is not a good idea. Lastly, consider traffic flow in and out of your home to the proximity of your new outdoor kitchen.

Space Availability
When building an outdoor kitchen, the size will depend on your available space. If you want to have a large outdoor kitchen with multiple appliances, you’ll need a large amount of space to work with. Although you can have a kitchen with a small footprint, it’s important to remember that you’ll have less room to work on your meals as well as entertain guests.  Expanding a patio is much less expensive than moving the kitchen to a location in your backyard away from the home. Keep in mind the water, electrical and gas lines will also need to be extended.

Your Kitchen’s Look
All backyard kitchens usually share the same features, including appliances and countertops.  The look of each outdoor kitchen can vary dramatically. Deciding on an outdoor kitchen design probably begins by looking at your home’s exterior. Using similar colors can help you achieve cohesion between your home and your new kitchen. The appliances you select can also reflect your style.  Other decisions regarding the kitchen design include:

  • Do you want your area created with pavers or natural stone?
  • What types of cabinets or storage?

This is where a design consultant can show you many options and help you narrow down decisions when building an outdoor kitchen.

Lighting Your Space
If your backyard kitchen has plenty of light sources, you can use it throughout the entire year. Good lighting can also help you avoid accidents in the kitchen. Placing lightning directly above the appliances and workstations is a good start.  Don’t forget decorative lighting as well. Strings of light hung above your kitchen will look inviting to your guests.

Building an outdoor kitchen can give you a more functional and inviting outdoor living space. Before you start planning the meals you want to cook, however, it’s important to plan ahead with the help of an outdoor kitchen contractor. American Pools & Spas, located in Vero Beach, can help you get the kitchen you’ve always wanted. Contact us today at 772-777-8655 for more help with your outdoor living plans.