If you have a small outdoor space that doesn’t certainly mean that you have to sacrifice the fun of cooking and enjoying your meals outdoor. There are many creative outdoor kitchen designs that use pre-fabricated and portable products to make your outdoor cooking possible.
Two main things that you need to keep in mind when it comes to outdoor kitchen is – the beauty and the functionality of the space. The position of your outdoor kitchen, climate, other utilities and also your budget plays an important role in planning your outdoor kitchen. However, with the advancements in the world of designing, achieving all the above mentioned elements is not as difficult as you might think.
Designing your Outdoor Kitchen
Having a clear idea in kind will save from the confusion of struggling with all the options available in the market. The best thing to do is preparing a list of all the essentials that you will need in your outdoor kitchen. This can include an island, sink, pizza oven, gill, place to eat and maybe a bar as well. If you are running tight on budget, make separate list of the essentials and the add-ons. Buy the essentials first and then is you have enough money left, you can think about the add-ons as well.
With the increase in demand for creating outdoor kitchens in a tight budget, there are many prefabricated and portable products available in the market. These products apart from being cost-friendly are easy to install as well, eliminating the need to hire a contractor.
Many stores have amazing collection of prefabricated kits that include stainless steel cabinets, compact refrigerators, dining space, custom countertops and much more.
Hiring a Contractor
Yes, you can create an outdoor kitchen by yourself with the help of prefab kits, but you will still need to consult a contractor for important elements like plumbing, wiring, and gas lines. Incorrect placement of these elements can result in a variety of problems. A contractor will also be able to further educate about the perfect placement of the appliances, grill and sink, so as to ensure that you get the maximum out of your kitchen.
Other Important Tips
Your outdoor kitchen should also have proper ventilation in place above the grill and the cooktop. Lights, their wiring and their placement should also be well taken care of during the construction process.