What Factors Should You Consider When Planning Your Outdoor Kitchen?

Any home improvement or remodelling project will require proper research and planning. It will also require some amount of creativity, knowledge and patience. People in Australia have been waking up to the benefits of building kitchens in their outdoor spaces. Such kitchens can be a boon – especially if you experience fine weather for a large part of the year. Some homeowners follow a ‘Do It Yourself’ (DIY) approach to their home improvement projects. These individuals will plan and execute the entire project by themselves. In contrast, others prefer engaging professionals to design and carry out their home improvement projects. Both approaches have their merits. But, knowing when one approach can offer better value than the other can be key to a successful home improvement project.


If you plan to build an outdoor kitchen on your property, you will need to plan well. Only then will you be able to ensure that the project progresses on schedule and remains within your budget. Specialists in kitchen and wall units designs in Smithfield and other places feel that homeowners should focus on the following elements when planning to construct outdoor kitchens:


  • The Budget: Estimate a cost or value for each element of the kitchen such as countertops, cabinetry, lighting etc. Higher quality materials and finishes will cost more. But, they might last you for longer too. Similarly, consider the cost of utilities such as gas, water, electricity etc. and their associated fixtures.


  • The Location: The local weather conditions can exert a significant influence on the design, materials and length of the season in which you will be able to use your outdoor kitchen. Some areas could experience drastic weather changes over the year. In such cases, avoid using countertops made of tile and natural stone. These materials remain susceptible to cracking with extreme changes in the weather. Similarly, cabinetry made from PVC and other non-stainless steel materials could warp and bend in areas that experience extreme weather conditions. Lastly, fluctuating humidity levels could corrode certain materials used for making kitchen cabinets too.


  • The Layout: Determine the best layout for the outdoor kitchen based on the space available. Basic outdoor kitchens will not feature anything more than a few cabinets, a sink and a grill. If you have sufficient space, you could build a full-sized kitchen with as many embellishments as needed. You will also need to consider whether your outdoor kitchen will be unique or a replica of the indoor kitchen.


  • The Functionality: Ensure that your outdoor kitchen has distinct cold, hot, wet and dry zones. These will make it easier to use the outdoor kitchen. Also, ensure that you provide the appropriate levels of space for connecting the utilities to the appliances.


  • The Appliances: The value of an outdoor kitchen can increase based on the appliances it features. For this reason, providers of quality kitchens in Smithfield and the neighbouring areas urge homeowners to consider having refrigerators and charcoal, gas or electric powered grills, smokers, pizza ovens and burners in their outdoor kitchens. Ideally, homeowners should consider investing in versatile appliances. This will save space and money. For instance, buy a grill that enables you to smoke, grill, roast and bake.


  • The Lighting: Ensure that you keep your meal preparation, cooking, cleaning and eating zones well lit. In particular, place the appropriate number of lights over the dining area. Install task lighting beneath your counters as well.


  • The Seating: An outdoor kitchen must have seating space. Only then will you be able to enjoy your culinary fare while interacting with your guests. Install a table with the relevant number of barstools away from the cooking areas of the outdoor kitchen. If possible, consider creating multiple areas for eating and drinking in the outdoor kitchen.


  • The Storage Space: Compile a list of the items needing storage in your outdoor kitchen. Your outdoor kitchen will not only need to withstand fluctuations in temperature, humidity and precipitation. It will need to keep your non-food items safe from dust, pollen and various kinds of pests and rodents. Ideally, your outdoor kitchen must have an outdoor refrigerator and air-tight storage bins. Similarly, it might be useful to have a designated space for cleaning things in the outdoor kitchen too.


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