by Tom Reilly, Principal & CEO, Renovations
Whether you have a large or small outdoor space doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the fun of outdoor entertaining. Large or small, let’s talk about some basic planning for your outdoor experience.
One key feature of any outdoor living space is the outdoor kitchen. Outdoor kitchen designs are as much about beauty as they are about functionality. Consider things like climate, positioning for utilities and budget. Also, all building materials in an outdoor kitchen must be able to stand up to the elements.
Start your outdoor kitchen design by making a list of must-have items, such as a grill, sink, island, gas cooktop, pizza oven, dining space or a bar. List them in order of necessities and then extras, allowing for design and budget changes.
There are many ways to stretch your budget without compromising style. Prefabricated or modular outdoor kitchen kits in a variety of customizable styles can include compact refrigerators, stainless steel cabinets, custom countertops, dining spaces and more. Choosing prefab rather than having an outdoor kitchen custom-designed may cut down on time and cost, and you can choose from stacked stone, granite, tile or stucco to create the outdoor kitchen that looks best with your existing space.
Whether you go prefab or completely custom, you should consult a reliable, licensed contractor for things that include plumbing, electrical or gas lines. The location of such items as a grill, appliances and sink will make a difference in your design and budget. Once you choose your basic design, think about any additions for atmosphere and ambiance.
A contractor like Renovations can help you get the most from your budget and help you achieve your outdoor living dream.