Warmer weather and longer days create the perfect recipe for enjoying time in your backyard. One key ingredient you'll want to be sure to include is an outdoor kitchen. Outdoor kitchens feature high-tech appliances and sophisticated components to create an easy-to-use, luxurious space to enjoy your summer. Create your own spacious and aesthetically-pleasing kitchen with these considerations in mind:

1. Your Needs

Before you start planning, think about how you'll use your outdoor kitchen area. Will you host large gatherings, or will you primarily use the space for family dinners? Will you need a sink, refrigerator, or other appliances? Maybe an outdoor brick oven for pizza nights? Thinking about how you will use your outdoor kitchen will determine its size and layout and whatever appliances and amenities you’ll need.

2. Your Budget

Create a realistic budget for the materials, appliances, and amenities you want to incorporate into your outdoor kitchen. Prioritize the features that are most important to you.

3. Location and Layout

Next, choose a location that is convenient for outdoor dining and entertaining. Consider the layout of your backyard and how the outdoor kitchen will integrate with existing features such as a pool, patio, or landscaping. You should also think about the overall flow of the space, making sure the layout is functional and easy to navigate. 

Pro Tip: Avoid spots that are too windy, hot, or cold. Use appliance covers or a partial roof to protect your space from rain or snow.

4. Design Elements

When designing your outdoor kitchen, it is important to complement your home’s architecture and landscaping. An experienced home remodeling company like Cormack Construction can help you choose materials and colors that create a cohesive look and feel.

5. Hiring a Pro

We recommend hiring an experienced home remodeling company to design and build your outdoor kitchen. This will ensure your structure is built to code and all of the appliances and amenities are installed correctly.

Outdoor kitchen

The materials you choose for your outdoor kitchen must be able to withstand all of Mother Nature’s elements. Concrete, stainless steel, and stone are popular choices as these materials are not only weather-resistant but are also easy to clean and maintain.

Pro Tip: Choose appliance models that are designed specifically for outdoor use. They'll be more durable and weather-resistant than indoor models.

6. Storage

Like your home kitchen, your outdoor kitchen will need storage for utensils, plates, and cooking supplies. Plan for cabinets, drawers, and shelves to keep everything organized and within easy reach.

7. Lighting

Install overhead and task lighting near the grill and prep area so you can safely navigate your space for nighttime cooking and dining. Consider adding accent lighting to help create the perfect atmosphere for your outdoor gatherings.

Home Remodeling and Construction in NH's White Mountains and Lakes Region, and Western Maine

Will an outdoor kitchen be the secret ingredient to your summer season? Contact the experienced home remodelers at Cormack Construction. We’ll help you design and build a stylish and functional outdoor kitchen to help you make the most of summer.

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