Kathy  :)
Kathy :)
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  • Burlington, MA
Asked on Feb 21, 2013

We are planning to put in an outdoor kitchen any tips ?

Kathy  :)Rowena BalanHewitt Remodeling Services LLC


Any tips
6 answers
  • 3po3
    on Feb 21, 2013

    There are a lot of great examples and ideas here on Hometalk. You'll find a lot of them here: http://www.hometalk.com/search?filter=outdoor+kitchen

  • Designs by BSB
    on Feb 21, 2013

    consider the following wind direction when positioning your grill -- you do not want your guests downwind drains/run off -- not only in any hard surface on the ground, but built in cabinets/tops should have a very small slope for run off cabinets -- wood cabinets have little chance for the long haul. there are numerous mfgs on the market that are making not only aluminum, stainless steel, but marine grade plastic. ventilation -- if you are going to be enclosed or near a wall, do not forget about ventilation. highly recommend the brand Ventahood.

  • Wow, first off is what is your budget, how big are your parties, what feel do you want, etc... The biggest issues no matter what you are doing is: Durability - sun, snow, rain, freeze/thaw cycles and how you use it - that is why most items are stainless (if you are close to the ocean use 316) & stone Ease of cleaning - you don't want to spend hours cleaning everything before hand & after... do you Walkways & congregation areas - you don't want people to close to the grill, nor possibly bumping you to get pass Ease of draining water lines - especially in your area, you need to have an easy way to shut off any water lines & be able to drain them Covered areas - it is nice if it starts drizzling, to have an area where guests can go & protect the food area - just make sure the smoke has a way of getting out & it is not to close to the grill so that it can catch fire

  • Kathy, The first thing I looked for when I read your post is where you are from. I now live in Virginia Beach, but I grew up near Syracuse and went to college in New Hampshire. Creative ideas that work well in Phoenix may not do as well in snow and sustained cold temperature parts of the country. Make sure your plans incorporate not only the right materials, but the correct installations that make it easy to "shut it down" in preparation for the harsh winters. Tim

  • Rowena Balan
    on Feb 21, 2013

    I would approach this as an interior kitchen initially. Determining the layout that makes the most sense for you in regards to using this space as a kitchen. Keeping in mind functionality, storage, etc... Then would consider aesthetics (i.e. finishes, fixtures, colors). THEN using that information, consider the appropriate materials since this is an exterior project and that should help drive your choices.

  • Kathy :)
    on Feb 21, 2013

    Thank you every one great ideas , I so appreciate your input !! Kathy :)

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