As requests for backyard kitchens continue to rise, our team assembled a step-by-step guide for the planning and decision-making processes, which can oftentimes be the most challenging aspect of a remodeling or new construction project.
Choose a designer: This is perhaps one of the most crucial first steps. Do your due-diligence. You want to make sure the chemistry is right because you will be spending a significant amount of time with this person. Determine what types of companies do they typically source their products from; In addition, ensure the designer you select is a good listener, and is willing to adopt your vision, as opposed to taking total control.
Houzz, one of the nation’s leading online platforms for home remodeling and design, is a great website for researching credible, designers, builders, remodelers, architects, and contractors. This is just one source out of many for scoping out the right partner. Others include referrals from friends and family, simple internet searches and even advertisements in local design magazines. Houzz, like Pinterest, is also a great platform for finding inspiration. Also check out our outdoor kitchen gallery.
Create a plan: The next step involves working with your designer on drafting the right blueprint. As the homeowner, you will want to decide how you want the space to be used. For example, do you want your backyard kitchen and grill area to include amenities needed for hosting large social gatherings; do you want to create an area for everyday use; or both?
After you have answered the questions above, you will want to discuss layout options with your designer. Do you want ample countertop space and storage options; how about a bar counter; does the area call for a center island? As industry experts, we know this process can be stressful, so take your time and consider all your options.
Select the materials: This is the fun part. From countertops and outdoor cabinetry options to outdoor appliances, such as an backyard kitchen grill, you will want to elect to use materials that complement your home’s existing exterior architecture. When it comes to storage solutions, if you are looking for quality with plenty of design options, Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens’ stainless steel cabinetry is the perfect choice. We offer a wide selection of door styles and finishes for both traditional and contemporary designs. In addition, we have also partnered with Dekton by Cosentino, the leading manufacturer of quartz, natural stone, and architectural surfaces. Available options can be found on our “Countertops” page. Don’t forget about the roof! John Anderson, of Severe Weather Roofing and Restoration, outlines items you should consider for your outdoor kitchen roof here.
In regard to appliances, there are an array of products and brands from which to choose. Take some time to browse through the Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens website; you will have an opportunity to learn about various types of outdoor kitchen BBQs, grills, side burners, pizza ovens, refrigerators, beer dispensers, ice makers, and much more.
The planning and decision-making processes for creating a backyard kitchen do not have to be intimidating; simply follow our helpful guide. And, once the planning phase is complete, installation is quick so you can start enjoying your beautiful outdoor kitchen.
P.S. As a continuation on designing backyard kitchens, stay tuned for our series on how to select the right design partner!