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Outdoor Kitchen Design Ideas for a Culinary Getaway

by Shannon Dauphin

Outdoor kitchen design is an increasingly popular option for homeowners who love to cook outdoors but want more than just a grill and a sink to make it happen. An outdoor kitchen design can include all the elements of an indoor kitchen, while also taking into account the challenges of Mother Nature.

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Tips for Your Outdoor Kitchen Design

Creating the perfect outdoor kitchen requires a good marriage of kitchen design and landscaping principles. Keep the following points in mind as you begin your outdoor kitchen design plans:

  • Allow for ease of movement. You might want to use both kitchens, especially when entertaining. Make sure the flow of traffic from your indoor kitchen to the outdoor space is smooth and easy.
  • Add details. The outdoor kitchen should fit in well with your existing architecture. What details can you include that will make your kitchen look as though it was there all along?
  • Consider materials. Your outdoor kitchen will probably get plenty of sunlight, so consider materials that hold up well under intense daily heat.
  • Look at utility plans. Before you begin your kitchen design plans, determine exactly where your water, electricity, and gas lines are located. Check with a professional contractor to determine where you can place certain elements of your kitchen, such as your refrigerator.
  • Plan for lighting and comfort. A fireplace or portable propane heater makes a nice addition for cool nights. You also need both ambient and task lighting when cooking during the evening hours.

An outdoor kitchen is a beautiful luxury for the homeowner who loves to stay outside as much as possible. Plan early and plan well to create the outdoor kitchen design perfect for your lifestyle.

About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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