Being able to plan the ultimate outdoor space takes a bit of time, patience, and yes, some money. Not that I have always been the best about planning these things, but over time, I can proudly say that I have mastered the art of superior planning and I have taken it upon myself to leave my tips and suggestions with those that are looking to do the same.
Of course, where you choose to place your outdoor kitchen is totally up to you and it depends on your preferences and needs. Maybe you should consider it on the side of the house for quicker access or possibly freestanding in the backyard. For many people, it always comes down to location, location, location! The following are some tips you can use to navigate the planning stages of your outdoor kitchen.
Do you want your outdoor kitchen a bit closer to your house? It’s a bit of an advantage at least, in my opinion, to have it next to your house as it prevents interruption from Mother nature and the roof can even be extended to cover it if necessary. Plus, if it is closer to your home, that makes it that much easier to connect it with utility lines. Also, you will be able to go back and forth between your house and the outdoor kitchen for any ingredients you may need. If you have ventilation issues, a vent system may be necessary to place nearby to keep the inside of your home smoke-free. I would suggest the outdoor kitchen face south or west to get as much natural sunlight as possible.
If you are placing it further away from your house, you have the added option of creating an entertaining area that is separate in the backyard. If you choose this option, you can outfit it with more appliances and include a storage area so you won’t have to go back and forth between the house and the kitchen to grab any materials you may need. One drawback is that it is difficult to run those utility lines for the appliances you need. You will have more flexibility with kitchen arrangement as you won’t be limited by those existing walls.
There are some external considerations to keep in mind too. You will want to check out the rules by contacting the building department to get any facts about rules and regulations that may be necessary to know. In some cases, you have to worry about fire safety and even permits. Pus, your neighbors may have to approve any drastic changes. Issues like privacy, smoke, and noise are just a few of the possible headaches that may pop up depending on location.
No matter which of these you select, make sure you have enough light in all the area, including paths and steps. These are just some of the tips that I recommend and none of these are set in stone. Choose what you want and streamline from there to get the perfect arrangement for your preferences.