Planning Your Outdoor Kitchen

Extend your living and entertaining space with an outdoor kitchen that suits your lifestyle needs.
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Photography courtesy of Napoleon

Photography courtesy of Napoleon
By: Amanda Lecky

Before you do anything else, spend some time thinking about what you really want and need in an outdoor kitchen. Don't let your neighbors' houses or something you've seen on TV or in a magazine influence you. There's plenty of time for that later, when you've moved onto the "style" part of the planning process. Instead, ask yourself how you'll actually use the new space and what makes the most sense in terms of your home's architecture and its existing landscaping.

Ask Yourself These Questions

Think carefully about your current outdoor cooking setup and evaluate what you'd like to improve — and what works well with your lifestyle.

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A Place for Your Outdoor Kitchen

From convenience to budget, use these tips to evaluate where you should build your outdoor kitchen.

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