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5 Key Considerations for Your Outdoor Kitchen

More people embraced outdoor living following the global pandemic. Because of this, many homeowners want to extend their outdoor space with exterior renovations, hardscaping, gardens, and more.

Outdoor kitchens are often high on the list of outdoor living projects. However, as with any other home improvement projects, you need to plan your design carefully. Take a look at ALL Renovation & Design’s top five considerations for your design.

1. Figure Out Your Layout and Budget


You need to carefully plan the space you intend to work with for your outdoor kitchen. If you have a large patio, you can design an L-shaped patio kitchen. However, smaller spaces can only take one or two cabinets with a grill in addition.  

Most outdoor kitchens have the following:

  • A dry prep area
  • A hot cooking area
  • A cold area for refrigeration
  • A wet area for washing

If you don’t have enough space for all four, you can consider having your layout located close to your indoor kitchen to use the indoor sink and refrigerator. Don’t forget to plan for utilities such as electricity, gas, and water.

Additionally, you need to plan for seating if you intend to entertain guests in your backyard. You need a few chairs and a strong dining table big enough to take your intended crowd in the dining area. Bar seating works well for watching sports on TV over a few drinks.


Before starting your outdoor kitchen design, you need to make a budget and stick with it. It’s easy to go overboard when buying materials, paying for labor, and choosing appliances. Don’t forget to incorporate costs, like permits, in your calculations.

Ideally, you should discuss your outdoor kitchen design ideas with professionals to understand the scale of the project before settling on a budget. They will be able to give you an accurate cost depending on what your layout and wishes are for your outdoor kitchen.

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2. Climate Considerations for Your Outdoor Kitchen

The perfect outdoor kitchen is one you can use all throughout the year, not only in the summer. You need to consider protection from the elements. An awning or pergola can provide shade from the sun’s rays and protect you from rainfall. Pavilions are also a great addition, as they will completely cover your kitchen, so you do not have to cancel your outdoor activities!

Screens and vegetation will offer protection against the wind, so you could consider a sunroom or 4-seasons room option. Ceiling fans will keep you cool in the summertime and fend off insects, especially those pesky mosquitos.

3. Quality of Materials

Materials in an outdoor kitchen stay exposed to the elements. It’s important to choose materials that can handle the demands of fluctuating temperatures. 

For example, the ideal kitchen island, countertop, and flooring material in an outdoor kitchen can withstand exposure to UV rays. They are also nonporous and easy to clean.

If you are working with a remodeling contractor for your outdoor living space, make sure they are using quality materials that are meant for the outdoors. At ALL Renovation & Design, we obtain our outdoor materials from companies like ProVia, Country Lane Gazebos, Otter-Tech, and more!

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4. Lighting

You need excellent lighting in your outdoor kitchen for those late evening cookouts with your family. An outdoor kitchen without adequate lighting is only useful in daylight.

Install durable lighting around the prep, cooking, and seating areas to safely prepare and enjoy your meals. Adequate lighting also keeps out rodents and other pests attracted to food scents.  

However, it’s important to avoid choosing harsh spotlights when illuminating your outdoor kitchen. Dimmable lights or embedded landscape lighting work best.

5. Appliances

With so many fancy kitchen appliances to choose from, it’s easy to get sucked into buying items you don’t need. Focus on choosing appliances that complement your typical cooking style, then you can splurge on additional “fun” appliances.

For example, you don’t need a costly oven if you intend to make broth and grill foods most of the time. You do need a stove with multiple burners if you want to grill and cook multiple foods simultaneously.


Homeowners considering an outdoor kitchen are spoilt for choice these days. There are many appliances to choose from, and design inspirations exist everywhere you look. However, your outdoor kitchen design requires meticulous planning if you want value for your money.

Ready to get started on your outdoor kitchen? ALL Renovation & Design LLC is ready to help you out! Let’s plan your outdoor kitchen together. 

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