Long summer days require an enjoyable outdoor space.
Whether it’s a front porch swing surrounded by colorful flowers or a patio for entertaining, you want to take advantage of every moment of the season.
If you have some outdoor space that’s just begging to be used, consider a new kitchen.
It’ll change the way you do cookouts forever!
There’s no doubt that it can be a big investment so you want to do it right.
Here’s what you need to know to build an outdoor kitchen that will stand the test of time.
1. You need an insulated grill jacket.
It’s not as fun as choosing countertops or a grill, but it’s vitally important.
Many an outdoor kitchen has gone up in flames because the builder didn’t install an insulated grill jacket with the grill.
The purpose is to keep the area around your grill cool and prevent any burning or warping as a result of the heat. It also keeps the grill from corroding, ensuring it has a long life.
2. You need adequate ventilation.
Consult a professional contractor to help you with the process.
An improperly vented outdoor kitchen can cause quite a boom. A literal one!
Vent panels should be placed every four to six feet along your outdoor kitchen island to keep dangerous gases from building up.
A pro will know where the best spots are for the vents according to what type of gas you’re using.
Don’t put your new kitchen, your home, or you at risk!
3. Separate hot and cold.
Don’t put your refrigerator right next to your grill.
If you don’t have a ton of space, don’t worry. All you have to do is make sure there is a space of at least a foot between the two appliances. You should also install a barrier between the two.
Properly ventilated grills and refrigerators will last much longer!
4. Plan wisely for storage.
Cabinet space is great in any kitchen – including an outdoor one.
The problem is that many people don’t think about things like gas lines and plumbing.
You can still have some cabinets and drawers, but proper planning will ensure they don’t interfere with any necessary components of the kitchen.
5. Your appliances should be rated for outdoor use.
It’s the only way to make sure that your appliances last as long as they should.
There can also be safety concerns with exposing indoor appliances to the elements.
Talk to your contractor about the best outdoor rated products.
6. Remember to leave enough counter space.
Don’t get so wrapped up in the excitement of all your new outdoor kitchen gadgets that you forget the importance of counter space!
Think about room for food prep, serving, and eating.
7. Do your research.
It’s a good idea to read online reviews when you’re shopping for the elements of your outdoor kitchen.
Go for appliances and accessories that are highly rated and recommended by others who have used them.
8. Get some help.
Don’t go it alone.
When safety is at stake, it’s always best to get the advice of a professional contractor.
They can give you invaluable guidance when it’s time to make the big decisions and you’ll be able to trust that the work is done well.
Another plus is if there is a problem down the road. You want someone who knows what they’re doing to help you resolve any issues.
An outdoor kitchen gives you an opportunity to create memories with those you love.
When you go into the project with a well-thought out plan in place, you can rest assured that you’re getting just what you want.
A good layout that allows for adequate counter space, storage, and a separation between the heating and cooling appliances will keep you and your home safe and will provide you with a convenient place to entertain.
Your new kitchen just might turn into the place to be!
For help remodeling your home, contact your local experts KBR Kitchen and Bath.