An outdoor kitchen setup. There is a stone countertop with a sink next to a grill. There are chairs and a table positioned close by.

Recipe for Success: The Ultimate Guide to Outdoor Kitchen Design

Our backyards are an extension of our homes and deserve just as much attention. Create a backyard oasis by constructing an outdoor kitchen where you can gather with your friends and family. This entertaining area is the perfect place to express your creativity and unleash your inner host and chef.

Follow these outdoor kitchen design ideas to build a hardscape that everyone will be envying.

Why You Need a Custom Outdoor Kitchen

Expanding your outdoor living space is an investment not only in your home’s value but in the genuine connections and memories you will make with friends and family. You can invite your friends, coworkers, or employees to your home and still have plenty of space to hang out while you’re cooking. Additionally, you can throw barbecues for family reunions and not have to worry about enough counter space for prep work. With a backyard kitchen, entertaining and cooking at the same time is possible, creating unforgettable moments. 

Decide Where to Locate Your Outdoor Kitchen

One of the most important factors to consider when designing an outdoor kitchen is the location of that kitchen. An ideal location is one near your indoor kitchen. Many of the utensils and ingredients you will use in your backyard kitchen will be stored indoors, so you’ll want to have easy access to this space. Keep the distance between your indoor and outdoor kitchens as short as possible.

Design the Layout

Once you have a general idea of where you would like your kitchen to be located on your patio, you’ll want to think about your ideal layout so you can make sure the two factors (location and layout) work together. 

Perhaps, your available space is small. In this case, you may be able to install a cabinet and grill. Alternatively, you can have more than one cabinet, a sink, a built-in grill, space for prep and bartending, and a refrigerator if space is not an issue.

Once you know how big your outdoor kitchen can be, create a rough idea of where you would like everything to live. Where will the outdoor sink be in relation to the grill or the refrigerator? Your Pennsylvania landscape designer can help you decide on the best layout.

Consider What the Space Will Be Used For

The best way to determine the elements you’ll want to include in your outdoor kitchen design is by thinking about what the space will be used for. Will you be hosting Sunday night football parties with a lot of guests? If this is the case, you may want to include a built-in grill and bar space for your friends to utilize while they watch the game. If you will primarily use the area for cooking for your family, a simple setup may be all you need to have a delicious meal with your loved ones.

Determine Utilities and Appliances Needed

An essential component to designing a backyard kitchen is the utilities needed to power the kitchen. Of course, the utilities are dependent on the appliances in your outside kitchen. Will you have a refrigerator, a sink, a smoker, or an outdoor pizza oven in your Chester County backyard? You’ll want to make sure you have access to gas, electricity, and water to support these appliances and more.

Whichever appliances you add to your hardscape design, make sure to choose high-performing models to ensure the long-term success of your patio kitchen.

Designing the Perfect Kitchen for Your Patio

Your backyard has a lot to offer in terms of entertainment and relaxation space. Make it the best it can be by designing a fully functional outdoor kitchen. Get in touch with patio design contractors from WJA Landscaping. We are ready to help you transform your outdoor living space into a haven.