Outdoor Kitchen Planning Guide
So you have decided to take the plunge and install an outdoor kitchen. This improvement is something that will bring you enjoyment and relaxation for years to come, if it’s done properly. The best way to undertake a project of this size is to proceed carefully and deliberately, paying close attention every step of the way. Here is a planning guide to help you make sure you don’t forget anything.
Start at the Foundation
Remember, all of the neat things that you’re getting ready to install will have to rest on something. Obviously, you don’t want to set them directly on the dirt, but beyond that what surface is best? Remember that different surfaces will interact with different materials in different ways.
Start by considering what types of precipitation are common in your area. This will be an outdoor kitchen, after all, so it is inevitable that the flooring will get wet, be exposed to sweltering sun, etc. You want to be sure you select a material that will weather well, and one that will not be dangerously slippery when it gets wet.
Plan Your Lines
Since this will be a kitchen, you will be running utility lines (probably gas and electricity) to the appliances you put in. You want to be sure you check with your local authorities to ensure that your kitchen is constructed according to code—otherwise you may be presented with the possibility of being forced to undergo expensive remodeling down the road. Save yourself the trouble and do it right from the start.
Know Your Limitations
It’s fun to work on projects, and they can certainly increase the value of your home when they are done properly. At the same time, you need to know what you can—and cannot—do. If you have never worked with electrical lines, for example, it would probably be wise to have a professional put them in as opposed to attempting to do it yourself. Have fun doing the things you are able to safely and competently do, but don’t be too proud to bring in the cavalry if things go beyond your abilities.
Putting in an outdoor kitchen is a project that can be a lot of fun and yield a beautiful addition to your home. However, as with any large project, take your time making sure your plans are right, and make sure you bring in the experts if necessary.