kitchens are not new, but they have dramatically increased in popularity
over the past few years. In the past, the kitchen outside was only
frequently heard of in very temperate or warm climates. Now, these
great additions are added to homes in all areas. With some careful
winterizing, all outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy cooking outside.
There are key points to consider when you set out to expand your cooking
and entertaining area outside. Some these key deciding factors include:
• Location – you will need an outdoor area that has access
to power, gas and water if you choose to use those utilities in your
addition. It is also important to consider the materials near your
proposed cooking area. Wood can ignite, siding can melt and other
materials are also flammable. Use extreme caution when determining
the best place for your grill. Consider the weight of adding a kitchen
on your deck. Many decks are not sturdy enough to hold the added weight
of an outdoor kitchen. You may need to add supports prior to any additional
• Simple kitchens for your outdoor space can be affordable investments;
however there are many options that are much more complicated and
involved. These additions to your home’s exterior will come
with an hefty price tag.
• A grill is the central component for adding space to cook
on your porch, deck or patio. The major decision regarding a grill
is whether to choose charcoal or gas. Storage is a good idea for storing
your grilling gear such as long-handled spatulas and tongs.
If a grill were all you needed for an outdoor kitchen, then a large
percentage of the homes would have one. It is the convenient set-up
of storage space and customized features that turn a grilling spot
into a full-blown kitchen. Most avid barbeque enthusiasts would argue
that it is much easier to have the items they need when cooking at
arms’ length, rather than having to run back and forth between
the grill and the kitchen. Storage becomes a big deal for serious
Once you are considering storage, you may want to go all out and
add an outdoor sink. This enables the cook and others to wash their
hands without trudging inside. This is a great advantage for those
who need to wash their hands after placing raw meat on the grill.
Other features that can enhance outdoor kitchens include:
• Counter tops,
• Efficient lighting, and
• Protection from the elements.
The addition of outdoor kitchens increases the usability and entertainment
possibilities of a basic deck, porch or patio. One of the bonus advantages
of this convenient addition to a home is that it substantially increases
the value of the home.