Outdoor kitchens are all the rage these days. They’re great for entertaining guests, help you save on utility bills (since the AC doesn’t need to be switched on while you’re cooking), and even increase the value of your home. And they look beautiful to boot, especially in sunny Florida. However, it’s important to plan out your kitchen before you call up your Lakeland, FL landscape designer. Let’s go over some of the things you need to keep in mind.
It’s best to have your outdoor kitchen be as close as possible to your indoor one without being a fire hazard. After all, it would get really frustrating really fast if you have to walk long distances between the two just to get the spice jar. It’s easier to retrieve supplies when the distance between the two is small. Additionally, you’ll need to consider the size of the outdoor kitchen. These tend to be just about the same size as an indoor one, so you need to ensure its location has enough space to manage fitting it along with tables and chairs. It’s also a good idea to place the outdoor kitchen adjacent to your pool, if you have one, for some truly excellent parties.
You need to know what you’ll be using the outdoor kitchen for. If you mean to primarily use it to entertain guests, you’ll probably want to install a bar, refrigerator and entertainment system in it. While items like pizza ovens are optional, most people would consider a BBQ grill to be a must-have in these kitchens. It’s important to consider the storage space for food, lighting and fan arrangements, heating and the seating options open to you. You have to ensure there’s enough space for all the items you want inside the outdoor kitchen, while simultaneously taking care of ventilation.
And do this before work starts on the kitchen, because once the project is complete, you will find it a lot more difficult to add any extra features. Your outdoor kitchen will have many of the same features as your indoor one. Give consideration to the ceiling fans, ventilation and other plumbing and electrical needs. Ideally, you should have a detailed list of features and appliances you want installed, which you can then give to your licensed professional plumber or electrician. This will allow them to lay out the wiring and plumbing according to the plan.
Before you call a professional Lakeland, FL landscape designer to take over your project, be very clear about what kind of look you wish your outdoor kitchen to have, and of course, what you want it to include. After this step, choose a professional who specializes in outdoor kitchen design. Make sure you make a decision after going through samples of their work. This will enable you to get as close to your dream kitchen as possible.