Outdoor Kitchen Design Tips

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How to create the perfect outdoor cooking setup

Cervone, Deegan + Associates knows that everyone loves spending as much time outdoors as possible and what better to dine outdoors than to cook outdoors. An outdoor kitchen offers one another gathering space, just like how your primary kitchen often tends to be the spot where everyone gathers for family and guests alike. Before you go making your plans for adding one to your home, consider these helpful suggestions.

Who To Hire

Typically you will want to hire a general contractor for this type of job as they can make necessary arrangements for things like plumbing and electrical work. Sometimes companies that sell outdoor appliances will be a resource for names. However, if you are adding a kitchen that is weaved into your landscaping, you may want to reach out for the help from a landscape architect.

The Location

If you want to get the most out of your investment then you need to pick a location where it will be most easy to use. Usually this will be near the most used exit of your home so that it is easily accessed. Other than this, locating it near any focal point in the yard or area that offers lounging or seating may be a good next option.


The appliances can really determine just how much of a full kitchen that you are looking to create. Some choose to do more of a cooking station that offers a built-in grill and counter space while others make theirs that are plumbed for a sink and add an undercounter refrigerator making beverages possible for serving. Take it one step further and decide what you will need for storage for your pots, pans and utensils.

The Design

The look and feel of the kitchen should be consistent with your landscaping and home’s style for flow. If you add a pizza oven and cover with a tiki bar grass roof, make sure you tie everything together perhaps with a matching counter that is complementary to your home’s decor.

Other Considerations

Once you have mapped out all of the basic needs, then it is time to bring it all together. Other niceties that can help is adding fans to either the posts or ceilings nearby for cooling. Also, don’t forget to factor in necessary lighting. Evening barbeques are great but you want to be sure you can see what you are cooking and serving!

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