How to Design the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen for Next Year

An outdoor kitchen is the perfect addition to your landscape to make your backyard an ideal living space. It can bring your outdoor entertaining abilities to the next level. If you’re looking to install an outdoor kitchen for next summer, it’s important to start the process now. Here are the steps you should take to designing your perfect outdoor kitchen for next year.

1. Decide its Main Purpose

When planning out your kitchen, you should envision yourself using it. Do you plan on entertaining large groups of guests regularly? Do you picture mostly low-key nights making burgers with the family? The type of usage you expect to get out of your kitchen will determine specific aspects of its features and layout. Once you decide on the main purpose of your kitchen you can take the next steps in designing it.

2. Decide on its Features

Most outdoor kitchens have basic features such as a grill, sink, and counter space. However, you have the option to add in refrigerators, wine fridges, smokers, burners, dishwashers, and much more. You might add a bar to your kitchen, a table with chairs, or some combination of the two. You should make a list of the must haves of your kitchen and another list of your wants. Once you decide on the features you need in your kitchen and those you would like to have, you’ll have a better idea of your overall layout.

3. Create a Budget

The next, and perhaps most important, step of designing an outdoor kitchen is your budget. Once you decide on your budget, you will have a better idea of what options are available to you. Your budget will determine which features you can include in your kitchen and which ones you’ll have to live without. It will also help you merge the plan for your dream kitchen with a realistic plan.

4. Choose a Material

Once you’ve determined your desired features and your budget, you can decide on a material for your kitchen. If you have existing landscaping of any kind such as a patio or walkway, you’ll probably want to use material that will either match or compliment that material. You will also want to take your budget into account, choosing a material that will look great without breaking your budget.

5. Schedule a Consultation

When you’ve figured out your dream outdoor kitchen, you’ll need to contact landscapers to help. If any step of this process seems difficult or overwhelms you, feel free to contact landscaping professionals to help you make these decisions. Your landscaper will work with you to design your perfect outdoor kitchen that fits your budget and is everything you’ve dreamed of.

Clarke Landscaping | Outdoor Kitchens

Clarke Landscapes LLC is a full service landscape contractor dedicated to expert designquality, and craftsmanship. It is our mission to provide our customers with a complete project that fits their needs and vision.  While Clarke Landscapes LLC serves residential and commercial customers with a wide range of projects, we enjoy specializing in residential projects.  Landscaping services include the design and installation of walls, walkways, patios, outdoor kitchens, plantings, poolscapes, water features, as well as complete yard renovations, grading, drainage solutions, lawn installations, demolition, excavation, outdoor lighting and other specialties. 

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