Things to Consider when Buying an Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens are becoming more and more popular these days, as more and more home owners realize the benefits to putting their outdoor living areas to greater use. Not only is entertaining outdoors more fun and more simple than holding yet another party in a boring living room, but an outdoor kitchen also adds a significant amount to the value of the home. Outdoor kitchens require an investment of both time and homey, however. Here are some things to consider when buying an outdoor kitchen that could save you considerable expense in the long run.

1. How to Use Your Space
Before you start shopping, take a good look at the space you have available and determine how much of that space you want to use for your kitchen. Remember to block out room for gardens, play sets, and any other important features of your back yard.

2. How Will Your Kitchen be Oriented?
Before getting your heart set on a specific outdoor kitchen, think about how you will protect your guests from cool breezes, whether you’ll be staring into the setting sun as you cook, and how to keep your outdoor kitchen as close to your indoor kitchen as possible.

3. Check on Required Building Permits
Adding an outdoor kitchen is a much more serious undertaking than simply installing a grill. You may need building permits before you get underway. It’s a good idea to check on your local requirements before going ahead with your project.

4. How Will You Run Your Gas/Electric Lines?
If you’re going to have an outdoor kitchen, you’re going to need an easy way to manage the heat and electricity you’ll need. You should determine whether it’s possible to install the electrical or gas lines that you’ll need before getting started.

5. How Will the Plumbing Work?
Most outdoor kitchens include a working sink, which greatly eases everything from food preparation and hygiene to making drinks for guests. To accomplish a running sink, however, you’re going to need both water to the outdoor kitchen and a drain to the sewage system. This is worth considering before getting underway.

6. How Much Storage Do You Need?
At this point, you’ll probably want to consider what you’ll want to store outside, and where storage space will be located. Keeping plates, utensils, spices, and cutlery in your outdoor kitchen can save you a lot of work carrying stuff back and forth, if your storage is designed to keep your items clean and organized.

7. Fit In Counter Space
Counter space is an important aspect of cooking that is often overlooked when designing outdoor kitchens. Food preparation will be difficult if you don’t have the room to clean and slice your ingredients.

8. Choose Your Flooring Carefully
Cooking outdoors puts some special requirements on the flooring of your kitchen. The chances are even higher that you’ll be walking on the floor while it’s wet, so you should find a non-slip, non-porous surface. You’ll also want something with low glare, to prevent reflections in the sun.

By following these tips, you can have a good idea of what you’ll need from your outdoor kitchen before you go shopping, and before you make a potentially costly mistake.

Benni Jenyfari is a freelance author for Only Cookware - an unbiased guide to cookware including cookware reviews and information to assist when purchasing cookware online.