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An outdoor kitchen is one of the best ways to make your property into a luxurious hangout spot. Being able to engage in multiple types of cooking on a warm summer night with your friends and family makes you feel like you’re living the high life. However, building an outdoor kitchen isn’t cheap, and there are lots of decisions to make on the way to create one that is going to fulfill your particular needs. Here are some tips for building an outdoor kitchen at your home!
Use durable flooring materials
When people think of outdoor kitchens, they think of the counter space and appliances, and all the ways they can use them. However, one of the most important elements of an outdoor kitchen is actually the flooring. The flooring determines the space that you have to operate within, and makes it convenient and easy to cook and hang out in. For this reason, you want to make sure that your flooring is made of durable materials, since it will suffer from heavy foot traffic, cleaning, and weather wear-and-tear.
Build around your appliances
When building an outdoor kitchen, the whole purpose of the space is to be able to cook outside. This sounds simple, but what you can take from this is that you should always design your layout to work around your cooking appliances. Grills, ovens, stoves, refrigerators, and sinks and the heart and soul of your outdoor kitchen, so always determine which appliances you want and where you envision them being, then design the rest of the outdoor kitchen around those.
Have a plan for cover
The design of your outdoor kitchen should take into account the risk of elements affecting your experience out there. For this reason, you want to make sure that you have cover from the hot sun or pouring rain. When building your outdoor kitchen, take the extra time to add a built in awning, or even a pergola that extends over the space. This will enable you to be out there more, and also protects your kitchen from the wear-and-tear of the weather.