Outdoor Kitchen Plans

All you need to get started planning your outdoor kitchen is a measuring tape and some prefabricated designs to work from.
Mediterranean Outdoor Kitchen with Blue Spanish Tiles

Mediterranean Outdoor Kitchen with Blue Spanish Tiles

This vibrant outdoor kitchen features all-over aquamarine and royal blue Spanish tiles, giving the space a true Mediterranean vibe. Detailed wood accents, like the curved design that frames one of two stainless steel grills, give the area a finished look.

By: Margaret Grigsby

Outdoor kitchen plans can be fairly simple. All you need are the right tools and a little creativity. The popularity of outdoor kitchens and dining makes finding prefabricated outdoor kitchen kits and plans easy, and many plans are budget-friendly, too.

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Your first step in developing your plan is measuring. A good measuring tape or a laser distance measurer will make the job easy. Precise measurements are a key part in developing your plan, so it might be a good idea to get a second set of eyes for the task. If you're still unsure, you may want to consult a licensed contractor on the project and they can help you with everything from measurements to finished product.

If you're still not sure where to start or want to put your DIY skills to work, look into modular outdoor kitchen kits. These kits are available in a broad range of sizes and shapes as well as materials and custom designs. Some kits also come with accessories like compact refrigerators, stainless steel cabinets, custom countertops and dining areas.

Planning from a prefabricated layout rather than having an outdoor kitchen custom-designed cuts down on time and cost because the design work is already done for you.

If you have an oddly shaped space or want to get a more custom look for your outdoor kitchen, consider a rounded or triangular layout. These shapes will create easier access to cabinets and appliances, and you can easily add a bar on one side so you can talk to your guests while you prep and cook.

When you're planning your outdoor kitchen, start at the top. What are the most important aspects you want to include in your outdoor kitchen? If you have a smaller space, stick with the basics like a grill and some counter and cabinet space. Consider an outdoor kitchen island with a propane grill and ice bin to minimize the need for utilities like plumbing and gas.

Planning an outdoor kitchen on an open wall is a great way to save space or create a flexible, open area for a dining table and chairs. This will make access to utilities within your home much simpler. Position cabinetry above and below as you would for an indoor kitchen.

Installing a kitchen on one wall might make you feel like you have your back turned to the party, so opt for a stand-alone grill or a rolling kitchen cart or island for prep work and serving to give you some movement in the space.

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