There are many ideas that come into people’s minds when they think about utilizing their outdoor space fully. Some think of putting up a swimming pool, others a backyard playground which is fully equipped with swings and slides for the kids, while others choose to go with outdoor kitchens and barbeques. All these options are a good idea. However, they require quality design and planning to bring out, not only, a beautiful view but also efficient flow of the activities that will take place there. Once you decide to take your outdoor space to another level by setting up an outdoor kitchen, there are some things you have to consider to ensure you make the most out of it. It would be very bad if you used a large investment only to make a mess out of your backyard.
To ensure that you get the right design and make the most out of your outdoor space, consider Double Oak Construction. We are among the leading home remodeling companies in Los Angeles. We aim at ensuring that our clients are fully satisfied with our services. Our experienced and skilled professionals listen to your ideas on how you would like your outdoor kitchen to look like and then design a magnificent setup that goes beyond your expectations. Customer satisfaction has always been our goal and it has kept us on the top over the years. You can count on us at any time to deliver.
THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN SETTING UP YOUR OUTDOOR KITCHEN
Every project that you embark on should bring you happiness and a sense of pride. However, before you think of making your neighbors jealous, you must also consider several things too. You should ensure that your thoughts are not widely influenced by something you saw on a certain television program or in a neighbor’s house. Center your thoughts on what you need and want in your kitchen area and if it rhymes with the architecture and landscaping of your home.
What are you planning on doing in the kitchen?
In order to have the ideal outdoor kitchen that elevates the property value, you have to look at the activities that you will be doing in that kitchen. Some of the questions you should be asking yourself include:
- Are you a great fan of grilling?
- Do you enjoy entertaining guests often?
- Would you like to bake outside to escape the indoor heat?
The advantage of an outdoor kitchen is that you can enjoy a wide variety of luxuries in it. You can socialize with your buddies as you grill some good ribs. Maximization of the space makes it possible for you to squeeze in a lot of activities in the area. If you like to grill from time to time, you should ensure that you have a built-in grill in the outdoor kitchen. There should also be a seating and relaxing place for those that enjoy entertaining guests now and then. An oven is a great addition to cater for your baking needs. With all these cooking being done outside, the indoors will remain cool and full of fresh air.
The amount you are willing to spend on the kitchen
The money that is available should be able to cater for the design that you choose. There is no need of looking for a design that goes beyond the available finance because you’ll end up stressing your budget. You should first consider what you need to have and then think about what you want. This makes it easy for you to budget for the project. A needs list may include a built-in grill, a preparation area, enough lighting, storage and a dining area. A wants list may have a built-in fridge, a dishwasher, a bar-top with several seats, additional burners, a pizza oven and a relaxing area. The good thing about having a needs list and a wish list is you can allocate space for the things in the wants list and fulfill them later.
Where will the outdoor kitchen be located?
Normally, the outdoor kitchen is located in the backyard. The yard, however, has to be landscaped and set in a way that will create an ideal venue for the kitchen. The space available determines the size of the kitchen and the things that can be included in it. You might desire to have a sitting area and bar top but lack enough space. Factors like water, gas, and electricity influence where your kitchen will be located. The kitchen has to be in close proximity to them to allow easy accessibility and linking.
Setting up the outdoor kitchen near the house will minimize the number of runs and thus reduce the overall cost of setup. They can also dictate the shape that your barbeque station will take and its size. Before adding these magnificent features, Double Oak Construction will check the local building codes to see whether your plan is within the restrictions. The building permit requirements should guide you through the planning process. The trees and shrubs have to be put into consideration too. Neighbors should also not be disturbed or affected by the activities being carried out in the kitchen, for example, the smoke.
What shape would you like your kitchen to assume?
Various kitchen shapes are chosen according to the convenience they create. Nonetheless, the yard greatly determines which shape the kitchen will take. The most commonly used shapes include:
- L-shaped- it allows you to separate the preparation area from the grilling and cooking area.
- Linear- it is just one straight run which is simple and less costly.
- U-shaped- it allows you to have many workstations for different purposes and is more extravagant than the rest.
The materials being used to construct your kitchen
After deciding the shape, the place and have a clear idea of what you want, there comes the question of the materials to use. Today there are a lot of fantastic building materials to choose from. You can select steel stud for your grill and kitchen area since it is heat resistant and sturdy. Tiles are a great option for the countertop and cladding the outer areas. Where stones are used, you can go for faux stone panels or quarried granite. Granite is a bit expensive but very durable. Concrete can also be used for the walls.
Is the kitchen permanent or portable?
If you do not intend to stay at the residence for long or might have rented, it is advisable to go for appliances which are easily portable. If you have no plans of leaving the place, then you can go permanent all the way.
Climate and the environment in general
The climate of the place you live determines how often you’ll be cooking in the outdoor kitchen. If you reside in an area with a warm climate, it means that you will spend a lot of time in the outdoor kitchen to escape the heat. This means that the kitchen should have ample space and places to relax.
Cooking in the open exposes you to a lot of elements. During the time that you are not using the kitchen, every appliance should be covered to avoid heavy cleaning every time you want to use it. The design should be in such a way that it doesn’t expose the appliances too much dirt.
In general, most of the setup decisions are influenced by the number of people who will be using the kitchen, the kind of food that will be prepared in that kitchen, what you will be using to grill- propane, gas or charcoal, kid safety, and how much preparation will take place there.
The Elements to Include in the Outdoor Kitchen.
You can consider any of the following features when constructing an outdoor kitchen and barbeque:
- Countertops. You can have them built using any material and in the size that you wish. If you choose to have cabinets beneath your counter, you should make certain that the counter is heat resistant and that water cannot pass through it when it rains. The cabinets should also be tightly sealed.
- A washing sink that is large enough to cater for all the washing needs and of stainless steel material to prevent rusting. A double sink makes work easier. The drainage should also be efficient.
- Freestanding or built-in grills
- Kitchen appliances like refrigerators, side burners, beverage dispensing stations and warming drawers.
- Quality flooring.
- Privacy provisions and a shade.
- Lighting features.
Why Choose Double Oak Construction?
Double Oak Construction has covered numerous outdoor kitchen and barbeque constructions in Los Angeles and all of these projects have received much praise from customers. In fact, most customers have gone ahead to recommend us to their friends after receiving our quality services. We use professional equipment and tools as well to do all our construction, thereby, delivering a very strong and durable product.
Tasks Involved in The Addition of Outdoor Kitchens and Barbeques
- Electrical wiring and lighting
- Processing of permits
- Installation of cabinets and countertops.
- Designing and planning assistance.
- Helping clients in the selection of various appliances.
Double Oak Construction has the best construction personnel with the ability to turn your house into a wonderful and attractive home. We have drafters, designers, builders, conservationists and maintenance specialists. Our team works together to satisfy your needs making sure that you save a lot on the construction money and on energy usage. If you are looking for a company to help you construct your outdoor kitchen and barbeque, you can reach us on (800) 631-8485 or pay us a visit in our offices at any time.