How to Make an Outdoor Kitchen Area
An outdoor kitchen area can be as simple as a lawn chair and a charcoal grill. Or it can be an elaborate outside room with lounge chairs, a top of the line barbecue and an outdoor fireplace. Use these essentials to make an outdoor kitchen area your favorite place to entertain.
Decide where you want your outdoor kitchen. Patios and decks are easily accessible from the house. If you want your outdoor kitchen to be a permanent installation, the area should be covered.
Choose a gas grill. Select one with wheels if you're going to move it. Permanent outdoor grills can be dropped into a countertop. Consider grills with built-in storage, side burners, work and storage space.
Install or build countertop work areas. Use weatherproof materials like stainless steel, slate or tile that can be washed after having meats and poultry placed on them.
Add an under-counter dorm style refrigerator and a sink.
Make sure you have enough GFI outlets to handle electrical appliances, heaters and lights.
Create seating areas with comfortable chairs and side tables for family and guests.
Include a dining area with table and chairs, or a bar with stools. Allow enough room around the table for traffic flow.
Choose light fixtures that provide enough lighting to cook by in the evening but can also be dimmed for romantic meals.
Consider adding extras like a wine cooler, patio heaters, an ice machine and a wood-burning stove for pizzas to create a complete outdoor kitchen experience.