Outdoor Kitchens – 2 Main Considerations

Many people who are pleased with their outdoor patios and landscaping are starting to think about elevating their outdoor living space with an outdoor kitchen. Even those who at one point, thought an outdoor kitchen was a bit too out of reach; even overwhelming, or too large of a project to take on, are now experiencing the joy and fulfillment of outdoor kitchens.

From having a pizza oven to state-of-the-art cooking appliances to even an outdoor theatre, outdoor kitchens are becoming very popular and accessible. You just need to plan in advance and learn a bit about all of your options.

Your planning and research begin with your initial conversation with an outdoor kitchen professional. This level of home improvement shouldn’t be entrusted any general type of home improvement service provider. You’ll want to work with a professional company that specializes in outdoor kitchens. You’ll know you’ve found one when you are presented with various options, ideas, and resolutions for any particular issues that may arise during the design process.

So, if you’re one of those who have been thinking about the notion of an outdoor kitchen and envisioning how you and your family, friends, and guests could further enjoy your outdoor living space, you have options.

In fact, enhancing your outdoor living space and lifestyle with an outdoor kitchen really comes down to only 2 things – Convenience and Cost.

Let’s look at each one.

Convenience.  This consideration applies to the cook as well as your guests.

Once you know which appliances you’ll be including, you need to think very carefully about where you’ll set them up. Your electrical and gas hook-ups need to be in reach and conveniently positioned for not only the cook but also your guests. An outdoor kitchen won’t be an enjoyable experience if your guests get covered with smoke while the food is being cooked.

Also, your guests need to be comfortable. When you have an outdoor kitchen, this is where you and your guests will spend all of your time while you’re together. It’s not just for cooking outdoors. It’s the entertaining spot also. So it’s vital that you make sure it’s well shaded. You can get the right shade coverage from a canopy or by having arches built into the actual outdoor kitchen structure.

Cost. It’s your budget so make it work best for you.

If money truly isn’t an object, then ideas and options are endless and you’ll have a wonderful time designing and utilizing your new outdoor kitchen. But if you have a prescribed budget, work with your outdoor kitchen professional to design a plan that is based upon your budget while also accommodating those features you must have and few others that you feel will be nice to have. There’s always a way to find the “happy medium” that stays within your budget and can still exceed your expectations.

For More Information on Outdoor Kitchens

If you are considering an outdoor kitchen or living space, give Fresh Cut Lawn and Landscape a call today. We are expert designers and can help you achieve your dream outdoor kitchen. We can be reached at 248-650-3600 or 586-739-6646.  We provide landscape and design services throughout Metro Detroit.