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# 3 Estimating your budget
Whats your budget limit? A high-quality DIY outdoor kitchen can easily be built for about $7000. This includes an
excellent grill, a kitchen island, countertops and flooring. If you plan to make a patio along with roofing, your budget
could be considerably more, as contractors will take their fees. If you want to make your project easy, you could
also order a prefabricated outdoor kitchen island. However, these can also be a bit heavy on the pocket.
Outdoor cooking areas are the hottest trend in
residential landscape design. They can range
from a modest fire pit to a full-blown outdoor
kitchen that will rival the most lavish indoor
cooking areas, complete with stainless-steel
appliances, concrete counter tops, a sinks and
a host of appliances, including specialized
weather-resistant outdoor refrigerators.
This outdoor kitchen to the right is at a home
in the Merritt Island, Florida area. A simple
design with a BBQ, and large surface area.
The concrete counter is a 2 piece design seen
in the lower photo, with an acid stain flowing
along the seam. Concrete counters are a smart
choice for outdoor kitchens. Very durable and
fully customizable to their application.
# 1 Start planning
Plans are nothing; planning is everything. Dwight Eisenhower
The more thought and research you put into planning your outdoor kitchen, the better the end product will be.
The market is flooded with a huge variety of products and often buyers make a purchase decision which they later
regret. Few points which need to be considered are:
- Are you a high end griller living in California, Florida or Texas or a low end griller who cooks out
occasionally on Memorial Day, Fourth of July and maybe on Labor Day? Your choice of grill depends on
- Will the food be eaten inside or outside?
- Whether you are designing the outdoor kitchen as a small family hangout or are planning to use it as a
place to host party gatherings.
- The furniture that needs to be used with the design.
- The time of the year you will be using the outdoor kitchen most often.
- Whether you want the outdoor kitchen to be a flexible, movable arrangement or whether you want it
# 2 Scouting for a location
Diligent planning will give way to the next important
consideration: choosing a good location. If you have a large
backyard make sure to have the kitchen closer to the house, as
inevitably you will have to go to and fro for supplies. Another
important tip is to know which way the wind blows. The
smoke from the grill should not go towards the eating table.
Additionally, if the grill is placed in a shaded area, make sure
the smoke can escape easily. Trapped smoke blackens walls
and surrounding structures over a long period of time.
# 4 Finalize your equipment
Before designing or getting a plan for an outdoor kitchen, it is a good idea to make a list of equipment you might
need. Rather than buying a grill after you make a grill island, go the other way round. Select the grill you want and
make the island around it. Also consider all the accessories you may need including sinks, cabinets, outdoor
refrigerators, access doors and others.
# 5 Time to get a plan
Since a lot of time and resources would go into building a kitchen, read some literature on it and get a definite plan.
DIY guides and kits are available in the market. To make it simple you could buy a DVD step-by-step manual.
# 6 Get a permit
Your local building officials may require a building permit for an outdoor kitchen. Bring a copy of your property
survey, a map that shows where your property lines are. The building department will ask that everything be
thoroughly documented, from the wiring and plumbing to the construction specifics of structures, such as patios.
You shouldnt feel disappointed if the permit is declined, because this happens to the pros also. Simply do the
modifications as suggested by the department.
# 8. Finesse is in details
After all the backer board cutting, masonry work and possibly laying a layer of stucco, dont feel disappointed if
the construction looks a bit unsophisticated in the beginning. Now is the time to work on aesthetics. Smooth out all
uneven layers and work towards creating a harmonious combination of elements. Lay flooring that complements
the overall surrounding. Choose umbrellas, get a fire pit, and install lights on the grill. Put a basket or two to keep
on the countertops and decorate with plants. You would be amazed with what you built!
Here's a final bit of design advice: Choose materials that are weather resistant and require little maintenance.
Suggested materials are masonry, stainless steel, pressure-treated lumber and outdoor-rated tile. They are easy to
clean, require little or no paint, won't rust and are immune to weather damage.
Keep all this in mind, and using your outdoor kitchen for the first will not only be a proud moment for you, but a
celebration for family and friends.
# 7 Get Set ... and Go!
You might have some hard work in store. Make the project fun and take it slow rushing through will only annoy
and tire you. Get your family involved and work as a team. Avoid building the kitchen during rains. It makes a lot
of mess! To get some bargain deals on equipment, try online comparison shopping engines to get the best price. If
you need help there are many forums online whose members will be more than willing to help you.
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