3 Things to Consider Before You Build Your Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens provide a much needed summer entertaining space.

You finally have a dream kitchen and you love to have friends and family over for a meal.  With the weather getting nicer and summer nearly upon us a lot of these events are moving outside.  The problem with hosting get together in the summer is you get stuck inside and are unable to spend time with your guests. While it doesn’t add square footage, it will add value if you consider building an outdoor kitchen.  Here are 3 Things to consider when you are planning on adding this valuable outdoor space to your home.


1. What purpose will it serve

Whether you want extra prep space or a full service area the options are endless.

Outdoor kitchens are so vast and customized, it is almost overwhelming.  Deciding what you need your outdoor kitchen to be.  Do you just want a little more prep space by the grill?  Consider building a counter top surround.  Will you be hosting parties in your new space?  You might need prep space, a drink station and storage.  Paring down your goal will help you to know exactly what you are looking for.

2. Durability

Choosing material that will last for years will make this new space one you love to be in.

Remember that these outdoor kitchens are not mobile (in most cases).  You need to choose products that will provide sustainability and durability.  There are some amazing ideas out there and great products.  Like stainless steel and GeoLuxe tops.  Check out this article from This Old House  that talks about some cost effective stone options.  If you want to create a space that you love to spend time in, you have to invest in materials that will last.

3. Budget

Having a budget in mind will always help keep a project on track and ease stress.

I know I just ruined the moment.  However, your budget will have some driving force in what you build and how you build it.  Once you know what functionality the space needs to serve and what products will provide the necessary durability you will have a better idea of how you can accomplish your outdoor kitchen with in your budget.


  1. Function
  2. Longevity
  3. Budget

So armed with an idea of what you want and how it needs to be made and the financial constraints you can go out and create that beautiful outdoor space.

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