The process of adding an outdoor kitchen to your home may seem daunting. Our many years of experience in designing and constructing outdoor kitchens, or summer kitchens, gives us significant insights into what works best in different situations, what products are available, and most importantly how to help create an outdoor living area for our client that meets their ideal of comfort and relaxation. Here are some recommendations on how to add an outdoor kitchen to your home.

We recommend that a homeowner who has decided to add an outdoor kitchen to their home go through two simple steps to help define the scope of the project.

  1. Determine the expected uses of your outdoor kitchen: Whether you are hosting events, or entertaining dozens, or simply relaxing with just the family.
  2. Determine the functionality you wish your outdoor kitchen to maintain, as this will make a huge impact on the form it takes.

Frequency of use, method of cooking, and method of serving (open bar, cooler, etc.) are all important factors in your summer kitchen. Will you prefer to cook up wood-fired pizzas or barbecued steaks? Cold beverages are also often overlooked in a summer kitchen. Would you like to offer your guests mixed drinks, chilled wine, beer, or flavored sodas?

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