You know the days when it’s so beautiful outside, it almost hurts to go inside? Well, they are upon us and it’s perfectly understandable if you are trying to find excuses to stay outside! After all, that’s why we love to break out the grill in the summer months, isn’t it? Well perhaps you’ve tossed around the idea of building an outdoor kitchen, and maybe you haven’t but now that we mentioned it – having the conveniences of your kitchen outdoors is an alluring idea, isn’t it?

It would certainly decrease the trips in and out of the house – considering the reduction of traffic you could even argue it would help you keep your house cleaner!

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No doubt, outdoor kitchens can be a great addition to any home but there are a few things you should consider very carefully before moving forward.

Here is a list of 5 things you should consider before starting this project:

Budget: There is no doubt that an outdoor kitchen project could cost you a pretty penny if you elect to go with a luxury layout but keep in mind you could build a very basic and very practical outdoor kitchen with a more conservative budget. It’s up to you but either way, just make sure you understand what you can afford to spend on this project before you start.

Location: It is important to consider the location of your outdoor kitchen very carefully because if you don’t, you could end up regretting this significant investment due to poor planning- and that would be a shame!

Things to think about:

  • Where does the sunrise and sunset in relation to where you want to install your kitchen and how will that affect your use of the space.
  • How close or how far will it be from your actual kitchen. If you are not installing a sink, you’ll want to make sure it is located close to a water source.

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Lighting: Ensure you are budgeting in lighting, especially if you plan to use your outdoor kitchen at night after the sun goes down. An outdoor kitchen without adequate lighting is a disaster waiting to happen.

Covered vs. Open: Consider the advantages and disadvantages of both a covered and uncovered outdoor kitchen closely. Of course an uncovered kitchen will save you money on labor and materials but that also means you and your guest(s) will be completely exposed to the elements.

Seating: Will your kitchen include seating? If so, how many people do you anticipate you will entertain regularly? Should the seating be built-in or removable. Once again, there are of course advantages and disadvantages to both so make sure you think it through.

There are so many things to consider when you decide to do any project but essentially the most important thing to do is make sure you think it through and plan it out thoroughly. Regardless if this project is a 2,000 investment or a 100,000 investment, it is still an investment and it should be something you will enjoy for years to come!

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