Kitchen renovations and remodeling are never easy, but when it’s your outdoor kitchen that needs renovating (or creating) it’s a lot less impactful on the rest of your home. If you are considering putting some extra effort into entertaining guests and family in your outdoor space, it might be time to think about an outdoor kitchen renovation. While a lot can be said for an outdoor area with a beautiful garden space, there’s nothing quite as welcoming as an outdoor kitchen.
Let’s look at some of the questions you may want to consider if you’re renovating or adding on to your existing grilling area.
What is your weather like?
If you have rainy but warm weather, you’ll want to consider having a covered patio type of a structure for your renovated kitchen. If you have a semi-useful kitchen now but realize that you would use it more if it protected against the weather elements a little more, consider what you can do to either have a wind-blocking wall where you cook, or a covered area to protect from any drizzle.
If you don’t get a lot of rain, but the temperatures dip down even in the summer months, make sure to add an outdoor heater. That way you can cook comfortably outside even when it gets a bit chilly.
How much space do you have outside?
If you imagine a beautiful large outdoor kitchen, but don’t have any seating space after that, re-think how you will actually be using the cooking area.
Likewise, if you have a huge space, you may want to consider putting something like a pizza oven. Keep in mind that a pizza oven creates significant heat though, so you will need to place it quite a distance from your home so that it does not add to the summer heat.
What will you be using the kitchen for?
How are you going to be using the outdoor renovated kitchen? If you simply want a gathering space with a counter to cut limes and make margaritas, make sure you have plenty of counterspace and an outdoor sink, but maybe skip the oven or oversized grill.
You may simply want a space to enjoy the beautiful summer months outside with your family, so if that is the case, make sure that you can prepare the same meals you would inside on your outdoor kitchen. That way, you’ll actually use it more often and you won’t make excuses to simply cook inside.
How often will you use your outdoor kitchen?
This is a question that should directly correlate to the budget you create for your kitchen renovation. If you intend on only using it a couple of times throughout the warm summer months, you need to consider that when making plans.
If you already barbecue outside several times a week though, you will likely only be using an outdoor kitchen even more after renovations, so splurging a bit more on the investment might be a wise choice.