There are three factors which will determine how you go about designing your outdoor kitchen: the amount of space that can be devoted to this gathering area; the equipmentyou want to put into it; and the size of your budget.
The earliest versions were all custom designed and way too expensive for the average homeowner. Their growing popularity has led to several less expensive versions of backyard kitchens.
It takes 2 days or more to install the full array of appliances, cabinets, and other features that are typically a part of an outdoor kitchen.
You could include a refrigerator, a sink, a dishwasher, an island, gas grill and enough storage for plates, glasses and cookware. If you scrimp on the storage, you’re going to be frustrated later. Do it right. Now you can cook in the snow if you wish.
You can carry these things to the absurd, but I have to admit that I’ve seen a few backyard kitchens that were very well done. Your design options are unlimited.
You could create a sense of casual elegance, or an old-world European atmosphere – spacious, but enclosed for privacy. What you’d think a Tuscan veranda would look like.
Okay, stop dreaming about the European thing. It’s time to get back to more mundane issues. If you can’t spend much, you can probably do an outdoor kitchen for about $ 5000. The average costis around $ 12,000, and if you wish, you can blow next year’s salary.
Things like refrigeratorshave to be certified for outdoor use. This means they will be more expensive than your interior models. Sinks should be stainless steel because they will stand up to the weather.
If you’re a BBQ purist, you’ll stick with charcoal. If you have an open mind, to go along with a large pocketbook, you can have a multi-fuel grill which can use gas, charcoal, hardwood, or any combination. And there are options available that fit between those two extremes.
Size is another choice. Men usually want huge grills. If you’re planning to entertain 10 or more people several times a year, that’s probably a good idea. If not…………
It occurs to me that you can’t cook hot dogs and hamburgers on these things. It has to be fillet mignons and lobsters or it just wouldn’t seem right.
Charles Gueli invites you to ask questions about backyard kitchens, and take advantage of the resources on www.continuous-home-improvement-help.com , where guidance, information and support are always available – helping homeowners make better decisions.