10 Things to Consider When Designing an Outdoor Kitchen

Coastal Living:

  • Despite the great views, salt water and sea air can be destructive to certain kitchen cabinet materials. In coastal regions, marine grade stainless, known as 316, is best for cabinet construction since it is more resistant to corrosion than 304 stainless steel.
  • Powder coat finishes (colors or realistic wood grains) add a layer of protection to cabinets, regardless of the stainless steel grade.

3. Layout

Outdoor Kitchen Design Layout

Most indoor kitchen layouts can be configured for the outdoors, as well. From a L-shaped kitchen design to galley style, there is a layout that can complement various areas outside of the home including the backyard, patio, deck or rooftop. Examine the available space and use this as inspiration for the layout. If there is a lack of space, a simple run of a cabinet or two and grill will work nicely. With a little more space, an island with a sink, a few cabinets and a built-in grill can be added. If space is not an issue, a full-sized kitchen that offers a variety of options for cooking, prep, bartending and refrigeration will enhance the space.

4. Functionality

Consider the functionality of your backyard kitchen. All professional kitchens have four distinct functional zones, and an outdoor kitchen should, too. Each of the cold, hot, wet and dry zones should be easily accessible to one another. A designated cold area is for refrigeration and ice makers while the hot area is for cooking appliances. The wet area serves as a sink and/or bartending station. Lastly, the dry area is for meal prep and extra counter space. When considering zone placement, don’t forget to plan for utilities. Make sure there is access to gas, electric and water.

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