After watching home shows and outdoor living trends this year, you have decided to add an outdoor kitchen in your backyard landscape plan. As beautiful as they are, and as complementary as they can be to a home, it’s essential you know what you’re getting into. To begin, ask yourself a few questions.
What is your budget?
The glorious backyard kitchen designs on the television may be out of reach for your pocketbook. However, by consulting with a professional, you can figure out a way to incorporate it into your backyard. A landscape design company will help you downsize your plans and keep them within a reasonable budget.
What type of entertaining would you like to do?
Backyard kitchens can be as simple or elaborate as you want. It can be an enclosed BBQ area. Or it can be a full kitchen with space to prep food, cook, wash up, store things, and provide beverages and space for guests to gather and eat.
What kind of appliances do you want?
Some people want a fridge, sink, and BBQ. Other people may want a smoker and storage worked into their plans. Measurements are essential to making sure your choices fit into the cabinets and countertops.
How much space do you have?
Your outdoor kitchen ideas aren’t only dictated by budget. The amount of space you have is an important factor, too. There needs to be enough room to incorporate your appliances and leave room for you to cook comfortably and entertain guests. Access to the interior kitchen is desirable because it makes it easy to bring items out for cooking.
If you have eating and seating in mind, there needs to be room for walking, and room to move chairs at the table. Eating and lounging areas could be included in a separate area of your overall landscaping plan.
Is the area close to utility and gas lines?
You don’t want to be far away from hookups because installing them will add to the overall budget. If you have power to a deck or an existing gas BBQ line, it can be easy to adapt those to your backyard kitchen plan.
What does your yard look like now?
For example, do you have existing structures or landscape features that you need to plan around, or are you starting with a new undeveloped yard? Sometimes trees and bushes are in the way. Often a large tree can be worked around and become a pleasing feature in the plan; other times, it is a hazard and will need to be removed.
What materials will you use?
Keep in mind when you are shopping for materials that some are not suitable for outdoor kitchens. Extreme temperature changes should be looked at when choosing a countertop material. With southern Alberta’s climate, countertops made of marble, quartz, glass, and limestone are generally not recommended. Instead, many people use granite, concrete, or soapstone for a finished look. Vinyl decking also needs special handling, when adding features like outdoor kitchens.
If you want your kitchen and entertaining area on a deck, can the deck support the various components you want to include? An experienced landscape company can assess structures and safety features for your backyard landscaping ideas.
When coming up with outdoor kitchen ideas, there are a lot of things to think of. Don’t let the questions above discourage you from implementing one. Just make sure you reach out to get the advice of a dependable residential landscape design company. They will walk you through the process step-by-step, ensuring your outdoor kitchen is safe and enjoyable for years to come.
Whether you are looking to add a touch of polish to your outdoor space or need a full-scale landscaping design & landscaping construction solution, Curb Design has you covered. Give us a call today to and find out what we can do for you, your family or your business.