Topic: Outdoor Kitchens

Date Posted: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Posted by: Tanya Zanfa (Master Admin)

GHBA Remodelers Council: Plan an inviting outdoor kitchen

GHBA Remodelers Council: Plan an inviting outdoor kitchen

There are many considerations when planning the perfect outdoor retreat.

Outdoor living options can include a covered patio, deck space, or a freestanding, covered "cabana" area or a full outdoor kitchen. However, if you are considering putting your kitchen on a deck, make sure it can support the additional weight.

As we all know, a barbecue grill is essential to outdoor living. Fortunately, there are many models and manufacturers to choose from. Whether you want a simple outdoor living space or a full outdoor kitchen, be sure to include an appropriate grill.

When planning an outdoor kitchen, follow the same design principles that you would when remodeling an indoor kitchen. The different areas for cooking, sink and cold areas must be in proper proximity and work together, creating a triangle. If the outdoor kitchen is to be large, two triangles can be created. Grilling stations and cooking islands come in different shapes and sizes to meet your grilling and cooking and budgetary needs. Other appliance options include vent hoods, built-in blenders, smokers, open-flame ovens, and bar and beverage centers. Don't forget to make room for storage, and pull-out garbage bins.

Choose materials that can withstand elements and frequent use, that are easy to maintain and clean, as well as corrosion resistant. Durable materials such as stainless steel, stone, slate, tile or stucco are all excellent options. Select countertop surfaces and hardware recommended for exterior use.

A remodeler will help you plan the location of utilities to accommodate sinks, fireplaces, patio heaters, ceiling fans, electrical outlets, lighting and cable connections. If you are planning to enhance your outdoor space with a TV, choose one with good visibility from different angles and low glare in sunshine. When setting up audio, make sure you get coverage in the areas you need it. To maximize the number of hours you can use your space, plan for varying levels of light. Consider a combination of overhead lighting, pendants and recessed lighting to make the most out of your dining and grilling experience. When selecting lighting, make sure it is approved for outdoor use. Choose the right-size fixtures(s) so as not to under- or over-light the area. LED lighting creates a nice atmosphere, with an added benefit of being very energy efficient. The key to making your outdoor living space a success is to do plenty of planning, which will help you avoid costly mistakes and post-completion regrets. You will end up with the perfect outdoor retreat to relax, dine and entertain


This article was provided by a member of the Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association. The Remodelers Council is dedicated to promoting professionalism and public awareness of the remodeling profession to the Houston community. For information on this article, please contact Lorraine Hart To join the council or to find a professional remodeler, visit

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