Outdoor Kitchen Plan
About Planning an outdoor kitchen
When planning an outdoor kitchen, there are many, many details that need to be ironed out. This is not
just a project that you can do without planning. With a project like this, you cannot make decisions as you
go along. You need to have everything figured out from where to dig up the lawn for the gas lines, to where
to put the hooks to hang the tongs on. There are many major decisions to be made and many small ones as
well. Either way, everything must be planned out before the construction begins.
The first thing that you need to decide is where you would like to put your outdoor
kitchen. If you already have a patio, that is great. You can put your outdoor kitchen right on that,
and it will save you the hassle of building one.
If you have a deck, then that could be a hassle. With a deck, you will need to add extra beams for
additional support. Also, if you want to put your kitchen on your deck, it has to be large. If your deck is
small and connected to the house, your outdoor kitchen will be too close to the house as well.
||You want your kitchen to be close enough to the house to easily run the utility
lines, but not too close where you are practically cooking on your outdoor kitchen in the
If you do not already have a patio, it is not very expensive to have a concrete slab poured in your
You just want to make sure that it is large enough for the kitchen and maybe a patio set as well. If
you generally entertain several people at once, you should consider getting another seating area
besides the counter top table designed on the kitchen.
Once you have decided where you would like to put the whole kitchen, you will need to figure
out where and how you will hook up your gas connection, electricity, and water. People have even been known
to run a phone line out to their outdoor kitchens. There is a simple way where you can dig just one hole and
run almost all of your utilities through that one hole.
If you dig a twenty-four inch deep trench you can run everything you need and cut costs. This saves you
from paying for the excavation and you will still have your gas and electric lines twelve inches apart which is
required by local codes. Trying to figure out how you are going to run all of the utilities to your outdoor
kitchen is usually the most difficult part of the planning. Now that you have that out of the way, you can
move on to more important issues. Color coding.
When you are planning your outdoor kitchen, the colors are important. You do not want it to clash with the
colors of your house and your patio. You can pick out a color for the structure and the cabinets to match the
color of the house. Then you can find bricks for the outer edge of the kitchen and maybe even a counter top
that match the bricks around your pool, which match the floor of your patio. If the colors all match the
outdoor kitchen will look more “together.”
Now that you have your structure picked out as well as your counter top, you
can pick out the rest of the things that you will need for your kitchen. You will need to begin picking
out your grill for cooking. You need to decide if you only want the grill or if you want other cooking
sources as well. You can have a small wood burning oven if you want one as well as electric
You need to decide if you think that you will need these things or not. Picking out a refrigerator is
next, and then picking out the small accessories. You will need things as simple as hooks for hanging your
utensils and pot holders on. You will need to pick out exactly what you need before moving on because
everything will be measured so that it fits perfectly in the unit.
The next step in planning your outdoor kitchen is to figure where everything in the kitchen will go. You
will need to measure each appliance and see where it will fit. You want to place your grill first, and then
work everything in from there.
The grill is the heart of the outdoor
kitchen. It is a good idea to put the grill in a spot where the smoke will not be blowing
in the faces of your guests. You also want to place it in a way the smoke will not be trapped beneath
the protective roof or “hood.”
You will want to put everything around the grill in the most convenient of ways. You will want to have the
hooks for the utensils in reach of the grill. You will want your storage shelves to be high enough up so that
you are not killing yourself to bend and get the supplies that you need. Planning and measuring everything is
important before you begin installation.
One last thing to plan is the permits. You will need to go to city hall and get any necessary permits for
doing the job. When you get there, tell the clerk what type of work you are doing and she will let you know
the permits that you need. It is important to let them know about the trench that you will be digging for the
utilities as well. If you plan out every detail before you begin your project, it will go that much smoother.