An increasing trend in outdoor living spaces is an outdoor kitchen space to allow all cooking and entertaining to happen in the great outdoors. Below we have collected some “dos” and “don’ts” for outdoor kitchens as you plan your own outdoor kitchen remodeling project.


  • use durable materials like stainless steel, stone, tile, or stucco that will hold up in outdoor conditions. Check to ensure that the materials you choose are recommended for outdoor use.
  • choose a flooring material such as tile that is easy to clean and that will stand up to outdoor debris like cut grass, dirt, rain, and the like.
  • make sure you have enough task lighting and counter space. These two things can be overlooked and make a less than ideal cooking environment. Make sure you have at least three feet of counter pace and task lighting directed at each of the main work spaces.
  • include shelter that protects from sun and rain and that also provides helpful ventilation and air flow, e.g. a ceiling fan, radiant heating, and ventilation hood.
  • consider connecting to the house on at least one side. This brings a number of advantages, including the possibility of a pass-through window for convenience of getting things outdoors, as well as added shelter from wind and weather.
  • consider the power of the small appliance. Depending on how often you’ll use your outdoor kitchen, or how diverse your cooking and storage needs, small appliances, like a mini fridge, could be plenty big.


  • skimp on appliances that will really make a difference. You might want to invest in that large grill, for example, to have plenty of space for the main event.
  • forget to include seating space near the cooking area. Make sure there’s a good place to hang out nearby so the cook or grill master can interact with the guests.
  • omit good ventilation, which will likely be even more crucial when the outdoor kitchen is close to the house.

Hopefully these tips will give you a good start on planning your outdoor kitchen. Ready to get started? Contact us today to discuss your project.

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