In most cases, when homeowners start thinking about adding an outdoor kitchen to their backyard it will take them months … even years … to go from the planning stage to the actual construction of their new outdoor space. Often times homeowners have a hard time conceptualizing what they want. In other cases, they have a hard time finding what they want.
- How do you intend to use the space
- Where do you want to build it
- How much room do you have to work with
- Special considerations … will you need to add plumbing, gas or electric … do you have things that you have to work around, such as windows, doors, pillars, etc…
- What is your budget
- What appliances do you want
- Where are you going to put your seating area
When designing your outdoor kitchen, you want to make the most out of your space. In the excitement of planning your space, It’s easy to overlook small details that can make a big difference in the enjoyment and functionality of your outdoor kitchen.
Below are some of those little details that can add a lot of value and enjoyment to your new outdoor kitchen.
- Avoid seating behind a grill (smoke and heat)
- Place a drawer by a grill (lighters and grill tools)
- Locate trash cabinets toward the end of a run of cabinets for ease of access
- Leave space between cabinets and walls or use fillers, so doors can open all the way and don’t get unnecessary marks from repeatedly hitting the wall
- Use corner fillers when not using a corner cabinet, because it provides a seamless appearance and increases counter space
- Use fillers on either side of grill cabinets, unless adjoining cabinets are flush, for appearance purposes