Start Planning Your Outdoor Kitchen Today

Even though we know spring will eventually be here, the winter months can feel even longer, especially if you are an outdoor person. Why not take advantage of this time to plan your dream outdoor kitchen and living space? At IBD Outdoor Rooms, we specialize in creating and designing outdoor kitchens that can suit every need and fit every budget. To help you get started with your outdoor kitchen plans, we wanted to share with you some planning tips from HGTV that can organize your desires.

Question Yourself

Planning an Outdoor Kitchen - Concord NC During your first stages of planning your outdoor living space, think about what you want and need from your outdoor kitchen. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • How often will I cook outside?
  • What are my grill options? Propane, natural gas, or charcoal?
  • What foods do I want to cook outside?
  • What do I want to store in my outdoor kitchen? Grilling tools, plates, entertainment equipment?
  • Do I want my outdoor kitchen to include a dining and entertainment area?
  • Would I like to be able to wash my hands and/or dishes outside?
  • Will I need a space for a refrigerator?
  • Do I want my outdoor kitchen to be close to the house or a separate space?

Decide Where the Outdoor Kitchen Will Be Located

Many of our customers at IBD Outdoor Rooms choose to place their new outdoor kitchen adjacent to their homes. Your house provides a natural shelter as the walls of your house protect your appliances from the sun and wind. It is also very simple to extend a roof overhang to protect your outdoor kitchen from rain and snow. If you are on a strict budget, it is much less expensive to run utility lines from your home to your outdoor kitchen. However, you may want to place your outdoor kitchen further away from your house, especially if you are considering building a fully-equipped kitchen. No matter where you decide to build your new outdoor living space, you should be sure to check your local building codes to see what exactly you can and cannot do. Our staff at IBD Outdoor Rooms can help you with these details.

Maximize Your Outdoor Kitchen Layout

Now that you have decided on its location, you can begin to plan exactly how you want your outdoor kitchen to look. Similar to indoor kitchen layouts, your outdoor kitchen configuration will depend on its site, how much space you have, your cooking style, and your budget. While you can choose a straight line kitchen built up against a wall or a U-shaped layout that mimics an indoor kitchen, IBD Outdoor Rooms specializes in installing outdoor kitchen islands. A natural entertaining focal point, an outdoor kitchen island combines all of your cooking appliances into one area. We can customize an island to suit your specific needs. We can also assist you with choosing your cabinets, countertops, and flooring. And, you can leave all of the utility planning and design to us.

Ready to start planning your dream outdoor kitchen? Click here to contact IBD Outdoor Rooms to consult with our staff concerning your plans.

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