Tips To Building Your First Outdoor Kitchen

Construction & Contractors Blog

Are you thinking about building an outdoor kitchen for your family to enjoy? Do you have an idea of what you want, but aren't quite sure where to start? Here, you'll find a few things to keep in mind as you plan the creation of outdoor kitchens.

Hire an Outdoor Kitchen Contractor

With so many elements coming together to create one space, so many things can go wrong. Hiring a professional that designs and builds outdoor kitchens is the best way to avoid making the very costly mistakes that can, and most likely, will happen if you try constructing it without building experience. Sure, there might be some elements of the project that you can do on your own but, for the most part, it's best to leave the design and construction up to a professional.

Consider the Utilities

How many different utility lines will need to be run to the kitchen? You'll probably want water and electricity, but will you be adding gas or propane to fuel the stove and oven? You can find everything that you need can be powered by electricity, so it will be up to you depending on what your cooking preference is. Some people dislike cooking with electricity, others dislike cooking with gas – you have to decide what you prefer.

Insect Control

Your outdoor kitchen will be covered, but will it be enclosed? Do you have a serious issue with insects in your area? If so, you may want to consider installing retractable screens around the kitchen. Retractable screens come in various forms – they can retract to the side, or roll upwards, so you'll be able to find a set that will work with pretty much any outdoor kitchen design.

Permits Required

Before you break ground, it's imperative that you find out if you need any permits to add the outdoor kitchen to your property. Contact the building code and inspector in your area – they'll be able to forward you any information that you'll need to proceed. If you work with a professional contractor, he or she will know what permits will be needed for your area and how to go about getting them. If you try building without a permit when it's required, you could be fined and forced to undo what you've done or purchase the proper permits.

Talk with the outdoor kitchen contractors near you. They'll help you get started and by this time next year, you'll be preparing gourmet meals outside in the fresh air.

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