5 Steps to the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen

Are you always entertaining al fresco? Renovating For Profit star Cherie Barber shares her 5 key ways to extend your entertaining space into the garden.

Step 1. SITE MEASURE

Discovering just how much space you have to work with will ultimately effect the design and functionality you are able to build into your outdoor kitchen. Start by measuring the entire outdoor area, then decide how much of this space you wish to convert to your new outdoor kitchen. Measure the designated area, width and lengthwise to make sure your new purchases are going to fit into the kitchen properly.

Step 2. PLANNING & DESIGN

Once you’ve decided how much space to dedicate to your outdoor kitchen, the next step is to work out how and when you will use this area. For instance, an outdoor kitchen intended for use, all year round, may require some additional design elements such as patio heaters and café blinds to make the space both practical and enjoyable through the colder months.

Step 3. BUDGET

While you may be dreaming of an outdoor kitchen to rival most five star restaurants, your hip pocket may not agree. The key to any successful project is knowing how and where your money is best spent. If you want that expensive designer BBQ, you may need to look at other areas you can pull back on. Ensure you have a budget for each item and try to avoid getting carried away with emotional changes that can break the bank.

Step 4. SHOP AROUND

There’s no excuse these days for paying full price on anything, outdoor appliances and furniture are no exception. If you really want to squeeze every cent out of your budget, make sure you shop around. Online auction sites like GraysOnline and clearance sales are great ways to source both new and second hand pieces for your outdoor kitchen. Just a tip though – always ensure any outdoor appliances used are specifically designed and intended for outdoor use.

Step 5. INSTALLATION

After all your planning and shopping around, you’ll have some exciting days ahead watching your vision come to life. The two main tradies you’ll need; a plumber to connect any outdoor sinks or gas lines, and a carpenter to frame and construct any cabinets or pergola structures. And as you are responsible for any tradies working on your property, always insist on sighting their relevant licences and insurances before starting construction.

After this, it’s simply a case of sitting back, throwing the shrimps on the barbie with a cocktail or beer in hand. Outdoor kitchen areas are real social hubs and no doubt, one zone in your home where good memories will be made.

For more top tips and renovation advice, visit renovatingforprofit.com.au

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