If you do a lot of grilling in the backyard, you might have wondered about adding additional kitchen amenities outside. However, it’s completely understandable if you’ve questioned whether it’s possible.
A lot that can go wrong outside when it comes to cooking. Weather is the main issue you’ll have to deal with. However, it is possible to have an outdoor kitchen installed that you can use when the weather allows it.
You will have to plan to do things right. If you are installing a new deck, you can add these items to your plan, but if you have a deck already, it’s best to consult with a deck contractor who can make necessary adjustments.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re planning your outdoor kitchen for your deck.
What Appliances Will I Need for an Outdoor Kitchen?
Counter space is the number one thing you will likely need for your outdoor kitchen, but what appliances will you have installed on top of and below the counters? It depends on what you plan on cooking outside.
Should You Replace Your Grill?
You might already have a grill, but you can have one installed in the counter that houses your other appliances. However, if you go this route, it’s best to choose a gas grill.
Charcoal grills are messier, and that mess will spread to the rest of your kitchen. If you love the flavor that a charcoal grill adds, keep it separate from the rest of your appliances.
If you have a grill that you love already, you might not want to replace it. You can always add a grill to the rest of your kitchen once your current grill stops working.
Any grill you choose should be covered when it’s not in use. This will help to protect it from the weather, especially during the winter.
What About an Oven?
Outdoor ovens are available. The most common outdoor ovens are outdoor pizza ovens.
You just need to figure out whether you will use it or not. Will you make food outside that requires an oven? Is it better to use your oven inside? It’s entirely up to you.
An oven is one more thing that you will need to maintain in your outdoor kitchen. Like a grill, it will require cleaning and covering.
Are you ready to take on that additional responsibility? If you’re looking to enhance your grilling experience, this isn’t a necessary piece.
Add a Refrigerator
This piece can enhance your outdoor cooking experience tremendously. Do you find yourself with less refrigerator and freezer space in the summer, especially around events?
An outdoor refrigerator or freezer gives you a place to store all of your grilling food. It’s also a great place to store drinks. As you take out a cold one, replace it with a warm one.
Whatever you choose to use it for, make sure it is meant to be used outside. An indoor refrigerator won’t be able to handle the elements. Stainless steel is a great choice.
Install a Stainless Steel Sink
Stainless steel is also the perfect choice for an outdoor sink. It won’t have problems with rust, bacteria, and mold. It’s a good option as it is clean and resistant to corrosion.
Cooking outdoors can be messy, and an outdoor sink will give you a place to clean without bringing the mess into your house. This will help to keep your home clean and make it easier to work with vegetables.
Is It Safe to Install a Kitchen on My Deck?
Once you’ve chosen your appliances, you’ll need to look into whether your deck can handle a kitchen. If you don’t have a deck yet, you can factor these things into your new deck.
Here are a few questions for you to ask your decking contractor before you build your kitchen.
Can You Access Necessary Utilities?
Depending on the appliances you choose, you’ll need gas, electric, and plumbing installed. Can you safely run these lines to your deck and your appliances?
If you aren’t able to safely do it beneath the floor, it can create an eyesore. Are you willing to put up with the blemish to be able to have an outdoor kitchen?
If not, you might have to stick with your trusty grill. Safety should come first. Either that, or you will need to replace your deck with a kitchen in mind.
Can Your Deck Handle the Weight?
If you still have documents from when your deck was installed, check the weight limits. Your kitchen will need to be designed with this in mind. If you don’t have any records, you’ll need to have a professional take a look at your deck.
If your deck can’t handle your design, you’ll need to add additional support. Make sure to leave plenty of room for all the people who will be spending time on your deck. Nothing kills a party like falling through the floor.
Another Option: Outdoor Patio Kitchen
If you’re building a brand new deck, there should be no issue with installing a kitchen on it. However, if you’re looking to add an outdoor kitchen to an existing deck, you may need to look into alternatives.
If you have enough space in your yard, you can add a patio kitchen that’s connected to your deck. This removes the issues that are caused by installing an outdoor kitchen on an existing deck.
You can enjoy your deck with your guests and have a separate space to cook. This might be the preferable option if you want to use your deck strictly as an entertaining space.
What are your plans for an outdoor kitchen? Have you considered all of these factors? Let us know in the comments below!