When you are thinking about how to design an outdoor kitchen, there are quite a few considerations to take into account. One particularly crucial question is where you will specifically place your outdoor kitchen. Quite a few homeowners decide that their patio is a good place for a backyard kitchen. On the other hand, what if your best possibility is actually space that’s available on your deck? Decks are frequently gathering spaces for friends and family, and having an outdoor kitchen on your home’s deck means you can make an on-trend addition to your current outdoor living space. Having said all this, it can be tricky working an outdoor kitchen design into the layout of your deck. The space available can be very limited, and yet this kind of al fresco cooking feature can greatly enhance your deck. Whether your deck is platform, raised, or multilevel, there are many benefits to adding an outdoor kitchen to your deck, patio, or backyard.
Many outdoor kitchens are stainless steel, and this offers a lightweight choice with a wide variety of different configurations that you can make as overt or subtle as you want. Choose from an island layout in the middle of your outdoor space or install something smaller along a single wall of your home or edge of your deck to save space.
Configure your layout in such a way that the cook gets to stay near the guests, which keeps the outdoor kitchen as the central point for social activity. An outdoor kitchen on your deck can be cheaper to hook up utilities too, since your deck is typically close to the home, often just off a side or back door. Also, the current walls of your home can offer both protection and structure to an outdoor kitchen, often with no additional cost involved.
Let us take a look at things you need to think about when you are starting to make decisions about planning an outdoor kitchen for your deck.
*Weight Limit: If your current outdoor living area already has a deck in place, then you need to consult with an engineer or builder. The reason you need to do this is because you have to have someone ascertain the deck load capacity. An aged deck is more likely to sag, and you don’t want to risk putting too much weight onto even a new deck. Don’t just factor in the weight of the outdoor kitchen you might get, but also the weight of how many people you might have on the deck all at once with a bustling party.
*Utilities: Once you figure out what amenities and appliances are going into place, then you also need to determine where the utilities lines will be placed. Are they going underneath the deck or will they be along support beams? You’re likely to need utility lines for the following:
-gas for your burners and grill
-plumbing so you can have a sink
-electricity for lighting, wine cooler, mini-fridge, sound system, television, and possibly even charging stations for portable electronics
Stainless steel features many positive benefits, including recyclable materials and sustainable construction, but also the following:
*low costs in terms of upkeep and maintenance
*resistance to corrosion
*minimal amounts of emissions
*light in weight
When you decide to design an outdoor kitchen that will serve as a wonderful upgrade to your backyard deck, make sure you consider every facet and possibility. Your final outdoor entertaining space should be an effective intersection of value, function, and aesthetics.