Should I just buy something from Nobby’s Kitchens and whack it in between the clothesline and the dog kennel?
Last week we discussed the benefits of outdoor kitchens. That blog post could have gone on for pages, but I decided to keep it short. So now that we’ve established that outdoor kitchens are awesome, I guess it’s time to put one in!
Woah, not so fast cowboy. There are a few questions you should ask yourself first:
1. Should I or Shouldn’t I: Should I get an outdoor kitchen?
- A basic outdoor kitchen costs between $2,000 & $10,000; can I afford it?
- Do I have the space?
- Will I use it enough to warrant the outlay of money, space and time?
2. Location: Where should I put the outdoor kitchen?
- If I put it here, will I be encroaching on the kids’ backyard cricket pitch?
- If I put it there, will I be looking at my neighbours’ brick wall while I cook, instead of the river that runs along the other side of the yard?
- And if I put it way over there, is it too far from the house?
3. Usage: What will I use an outdoor kitchen for?
- Will I use it for large family gatherings?
- Will I use it for romantic nights in for just my beloved and me?
- What components do I want in an outdoor kitchen?
- Do I want everything that my indoor kitchen has, including mains power and water, refrigeration, a sink and a wok burner?
- Do I want a stripped down version of my indoor kitchen with only a BBQ and a bar fridge?
- Do I want any outdoor-specific extras, such as a pizza oven or rotisserie?
4. Space: Do I have the space required?
- How much space do I need for what I want out of an outdoor kitchen?
- Will the kitchen be so imposing that it unbalances the rest of my outdoor area?
5. Aesthetics & Durability: How will it look & how long will it last?
- Which outdoor kitchen décor will best suit my existing outdoor furniture, my house, my backyard and the natural, local environment? Brick to match the house? Stainless steel for sleek durability? Timber for that rustic charm?
- Which materials should I use to ensure my outdoor kitchen can handle the outdoor environment for a substantial period of time?
Answer these questions and you’ll be well on your way to figuring out what type of outdoor kitchen is best for you, your family and your home.
If in doubt, don’t be afraid to ask for some help. There are plenty of landscape design companies that can offer comprehensive advice on all of the aspects above.
Join me next week for the final instalment of my series on outdoor kitchens. I’ll be discussing the possible effects an outdoor kitchen can have on the value of your home (they’re mostly positive, I promise).