Outdoor kitchens are very popular. You may choose to build one on a patio or a deck. If you have an existing deck, you would be wise to hire a professional to check if the deck is able to support the extra weight of the outdoor equipment, cabinetry, and furniture. The grilling area has to be placed away from combustible surfaces like wood or vinyl. You may want to consider installing or hooking up to a gas line. You will want to choose a covered area or construct one. Cabinetry must be made or purchased with treated lumber, tile, stone, cement backed boards, etc. that can withstand the effects of the weather. Stainless steel gas grills range in size from 15 to 26 inches deep and are commonly at least 4 feet wide and come in a wide variety of prices based on their features. Countertops must also be waterproof such as granite, tile, stainless steel, concrete, etc. Outdoor refrigerators are also making the scene complete with locked storage. It is very convenient to have a sink by the grill for rinsing food, adding water to recipes, washing hands, etc.
Modular units are very practical. I especially like the Sam's Club unit that is modestly prices at $799. The Sam's unit features three main burners, one infrared burner, one side burner, motorized rotisserie, heavy-duty grill cover, and a removable icebox. It comes in a natural gas or LP model.
The premium modular model is made by Viking which allows you to pick the style of the outdoor kitchen/grill/refrigeration center that you want. A Viking range and sink are pictured below.
Local building codes must be observed in the construction of this project. Due to these codes and permitting being an issue, a designer is recommended since they are up on the current regulations.
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Natalie A. Gauci
Licensed Interior Designer working in the Tampa Bay, Florida area.