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How to Build an Outdoor Kitchen: 7 Tips and Tricks

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515 Palm Shade

Having the perfect indoor kitchen is essential for daily meal preparation. However, during the summer months, spending hours cooking inside may not be as enticing.  

By building an outdoor kitchen, it’s possible to experience the joy of cooking without missing out on the beautiful weather. And for those who love to entertain, what better way to prepare for the perfect backyard gathering than to take the cooking outdoors.  

Is it worth investing a large amount of money in this type of project? The answer is yes. Building an outdoor kitchen will allow the homeowner to entertain guests on the patio with ease and spend more time with their family outdoors. This is even more important for those who live in a location that has enjoyable weather all year round.  

405 Midday 

5 Benefits of Building an Outdoor Kitchen 

  1. Increases Value 

In the real estate market, it is a fact that projects like building an outdoor kitchen will increase a home’s value. This means homeowners who plan on selling in the near future, or in a few years’ time, will likely recover the money invested.  

  1. Expands the Kitchen 

Sometimes the space available inside the home may limit the possibilities in the kitchen. Choosing to build an outdoor kitchen will allow for additional elements like a pizza oven, a grill, and even a bar counter. Caesarstone’s Outdoor Collection, comprised of 515 Palm Shade405 Midday and 406 Clearskies, offers stunning and durable options for outdoor quartz countertops.  

  1. Lessens Inconveniences  

In having an outdoor kitchen, homeowners will no longer have to deal with lingering food smells or any other indoor cooking inconveniences, such as the smoke detector going off. Rather, they can enjoy cooking in the open air and keep their indoor kitchen mess-free. 

  1. Allows for More Cooks 

Cooking with the entire family can be an important part of special occasions. A small indoor kitchen may limit the number of cooks in the kitchen but this problem can be solved by building an outdoor kitchen. With more space to cook, more people can be involved in the preparation of meals. Plus, if you’ve opted to include a dishwasher outside, it will be easier to clean up after everyone has gone home. 

  1. Reduces Money Spent at Restaurants  

After building an outdoor kitchen, you may not want to eat out ever again. You’ll likely invite friends and family over at every given opportunity to show off the new outdoor space. This is the perfect excuse to stop spending money at restaurants or ordering carryout. Become the house chef and impress everyone with gourmet meals.  

406 Clearskies 

7 Tips on How to Build an Outdoor Kitchen  

If hiring an expert is not in the budget, homeowners will have to plan for a DIY outdoor kitchen. If taking this route, there are a few things to keep in mind. Homeowners can refer to Caesarstone’s project checklist to guide them in building their dream kitchen.  

  1. Create a Budget 

When planning to build an outdoor kitchen, it is vital to first look at your finances and determine how much you are able to invest in the project. Once a renovation budget has been outlined, you can start exploring the elements you want to include. 

  1. Research Design Principles 

Planning for a DIY outdoor kitchen will require some research and knowledge of design principles. For instance, you will need to understand how the cold, hot, and dry preparation areas work together. When figuring out the kitchen design, it is also important to plan where all the appliances will go.  

  1. Consider the Space 

Depending on the property size and shape, the space to create a DIY kitchen could be limited or quite large. Either way, you will need to decide how much of the outdoor space to use. Making rough calculations and considering how many appliances will fit is a good place to start. If help is needed, a local contractor can always be called. 

  1. Think About the Weather 

No matter what climate you live in, the weather should be carefully considered when building an outdoor kitchen. For example, in a climate with a lot of rain, investing in a roof will protect the space and make it more usable. If the area gets snow at some point during the year, some thought will need to be given to how to protect the kitchen during the cold months.  

  1. Contemplate Storage Space 

As we all know, a good kitchen requires sufficient storage space. When building a DIY outdoor kitchen, you’ll need to think about where you are going to store pots, pans, and other necessities. As well, if incorporating a bar outside, you may consider a wine fridge and extra space to keep glasses. 

  1. Ensure Materials Are Durable 

One of the main things to consider when building an outdoor kitchen is the materials as they will be exposed to the elements. To ensure the kitchen can withstand weather changes, it is important to invest in durable, top-quality products like Caesarstone’s outdoor quartz, which is resistant to sun, rain and snow. 

  1. Prepare for Regular Maintenance 

Once the outdoor kitchen is built, you must commit to the upkeep. Ensure regular maintenance of all the appliances, even if they are not being used. Read all the instructions supplied by the manufacturer and invest in the necessary cleaning tools. 

Equipped with these tips and tricks, you are ready to plan a DIY outdoor kitchen. Remember that the key to success is in planning a budget ahead of time and keeping functionality top of mind.  

Depending on budget and taste there are endless options for how to plan, design, and style an outdoor kitchen