5 Things to Consider When Designing an Outdoor Kitchen

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Summer is in full swing here in Katy, Texas and outdoor kitchens are going to be heating up along with the weather. Building an outdoor kitchen requires extensive planning, but you’ll enjoy the outdoor space for years to come if you take the time to consider all of the crucial elements before you start the building process. At Westside Grill & Fireplace, we have everything you need to outfit your backyard oasis–from appliances and grills, to outdoor lighting and patio furniture. However, before you get started on the build of your outdoor kitchen, here are a few points to consider.

1. How will you use your outdoor kitchen space?

Considering how you and your family will utilize your new outdoor space is crucial in the planning process. Will your outdoor kitchen be used every day to grill up tasty dinners for your entire family? Or, will it be used only when you have friends over for special occasions?

It is a great idea to take the time to consider all the ways in which you may use the space, now and into the future. If your outdoor kitchen is going to be used year-round, you will want to look into installing an outdoor fire pit or fireplace, for those rare, cooler Houston months. Even in the summertime, fireplaces or fire pits can be a great way to ward off those dreaded mosquitoes.

2. What challenges will you face in the design and build phases?

Every project comes with challenges, and an outdoor kitchen space is no different. You want to have a kitchen close enough to transfer food between your indoor and outdoor kitchens. In addition, you want to ensure that the building materials are noncombustible. A wood design is not a good option when looking to have an outdoor kitchen and grill, as it can easily catch aflame and wreak havoc on your outdoor space as well as your home. Wood also will warp pushing sides out and crack counter tops. Grill liners for wood framed outdoor kitchens can add about $500 plus to the price of your grill.

In the Houston area, the heat can be extreme, so you may want to have a fully-covered outdoor kitchen. You also may want to consider having an outdoor heating solution in lieu of a fireplace. At Westside Grill & Fireplace, we have all the supplies you need to make your outdoor space a success in all seasons.

3. What size and type of appliances will you have?

The outdoor appliances you choose will determine the size of your outdoor kitchen, at Westside Grill & Fireplace in Katy, we have all of the outdoor appliances you need. From refrigerator and freezer combinations to full kitchen ranges, we are Katy’s one-stop shop for all outdoor kitchen space needs. Even if you aren’t sure what you need, our experts can customize your purchase to fit your needs.

Once you know what size and type of appliances you desire in your outdoor kitchen, you can craft a design that will best fit your needs. In addition, will you want a stand-alone grill such as the Big Green Egg, or do you want a larger, built-in option such as this American Outdoor Grill? It’s important to consider all of these factors when designing an outdoor kitchen that will suit you and your family for years to come.

4. What lighting and entertainment options do you want?

You will want to be able to enjoy your new outdoor kitchen space at night, not just during the hot and humid Katy days. Before you break ground on your outdoor living space, it’s important to think about the logistics of outdoor lighting and entertainment.

Are you going to want fixtures positioned on beams, or are string lights more your style? Do you want electric or gas fixtures? These are all questions you must consider in the outdoor kitchen design phase. It’s also important to determine what kind of entertainment options you might want for your outdoor kitchen and living space. If you want a large entertainment piece, such as a television, you will want to design the kitchen and patio to accommodate its requirements.

5. What kind of outdoor dining space and/or patio furniture will you need?

When planning the design for your outdoor kitchen, it’s important to consider functionality. Will your kitchen serve as a casual gathering place, or a place to wind down after a long day? In that case, you may want to consider some casual pieces from our Breezesta line.

If you’re going to use your outdoor kitchen and living space as a place to dine with friends and family, you may want to consider space for a full-size dining table. Or perhaps you would like to create an outdoorsy, bonfire-like ambiance in your outdoor space, in which case our American Fire Designs Tables & Features would be the perfect fit.

If you are ready to create the customized outdoor kitchen and living space of your dreams, look no further than Westside Grill & Fireplace. With decades of experience, our outdoor kitchen experts can help guide you through the process of designing and putting together the best space for your home. Contact us today!

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