So, you want an outdoor kitchen – here’s where to start.

Outdoor kitchens can expand your living space, allow you to entertain while keeping a safe distance and create an outdoor oasis right in your backyard.  You know you want one, but where do you start?  With so many options, it can be overwhelming.  Here are some tips to guide you through.

1 – Do Your Research

It’s worth taking the time to investigate all your options before you start your project.  Talk to friends about their outdoor kitchens, check out Pinterest or HGTV, or visit some contractors to see examples of their work.

2 – Create Your Wishlist

Keep in mind the fundamentals like the need for electricity and a water supply.  Which appliances such as a grill, refrigerator, pizza over, kegerator or wine cooler will be included?

It’s good to have an idea of the sort of furniture you’d like so you know how much space you need.  What electronics will be outside?  How will they be protected from the elements?

3 – Choose A Professional

Now that you know what you want, it’s time to make your dream a reality.  Whether they call themselves landscape architects, architects, kitchen designers or contractors, you’ll want to choose one with experience.

  • Go with a company that’s well-established in the outdoor kitchen business, with at least 25 kitchen projects under their belt.
  • Ask to see pictures of several past projects so you can judge the workmanship. Better yet, ask to talk to the clients about how the project has held up.
  • It may seem like a simple project, but you’re dealing with electric and gas. If the connections aren’t precise, and if the cabinets aren’t vented correctly, you can end up with a very dangerous situation. You’ll need expertise in a lot of different areas.  Find out how much of the project will be subcontracted and confirm that everything will run through the primary contractor.
  • Get a good understanding of timelines and payment schedules so you have realistic expectations.

4 – Sit Back, Relax, and Enjoy!

Your hard work has paid off!  Your beautiful outdoor kitchen will not only expand your living area and provide a great entertainment space, but also increase the value of your home!  According to, you can expect to get an ROI of 100-200% and it’s one feature that has been known to help sell a house much faster.  But first things first – go enjoy your outdoor oasis!