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Top Tips for Designing An Outdoor Kitchen

2018-08-28T19:02:18+00:00 Outdoor Living|
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Create Your Dream Outdoor Kitchen

You’ve been considering an outdoor kitchen but still have so many questions. At HL Posey Builders we bring years of experience and insight that can take your outdoor dream and turn it into a reality. Living in Florida provides the perfect climate for year-round outdoor space enjoyment. You’re ready to design your outdoor kitchen, but what are some of the tips and tricks you should consider in the decision making process? Let us tell you.

Comfortable Surroundings

Your outdoor kitchen is an extension of your indoor space. When designing the space you will want it to match your outdoor landscape. Your entire home is a representation of your lifestyle and the visions for each space should work to complement one another.

It is essential to think about how many people will be enjoying your outdoor kitchen space at any given time. Do the colors need to match a theme? Or will there need to be accommodations for children as well as adults? All things to consider when designing a comfortable outdoor kitchen and living space. However, the biggest factors in any project are the available space and overall budget. It is important to keep those in mind every step of the process.

Lay It Out

Outdoor kitchens can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but there are a few different details that should be considered when setting it up to make sure your kitchen functions as needed. More than likely you will be adding appliances and lighting to your outdoor space and so you must consider the placement or installation of the necessary gas, water, and electrical supply.

The layout of the space should be designed to not isolate the cook from the party but to also make sure the kitchen flows with the rest of your outdoor living space. While layout considerations are similar to those of indoor kitchens it is also important to consider shaded areas for comfort as well as ample counter space around appliances for optimal functionality.

Appliances Play a Big Role

When designing your outdoor kitchen the appliances can play a large role in the layout. Deciding which types of appliances you want to include is important, for instance, you could consider:

  • Grills
  • Smokers
  • Pizza Ovens
  • Refrigerators
  • Kegerator
  • Ice Makers
  • Griddles
  • Side Burners

While there are many options, HL Posey Builders offers Big Green Eggs, a variety of grills, Fontana Forni and Forno Bravo pizza ovens, and recommendations on many of the major appliances as well.

Choose Climate Appropriate Materials

When choosing the materials for your outdoor kitchen it is important to consider the climate that you’re in. The materials that you choose should have the ability to withstand the versatile Southwest Florida climate, including high humidity, moisture in the air, salt content from the oceans and waterways, and even chlorine from pools.

Stone and tile, when prepared properly for installation, are great selections for finishes because they are low maintenance and durable.  Additionally, these materials are flexible and can fit in a variety of areas for your outdoor kitchen including backsplashes, columns, and more. At HL Posey Builders, we work with many materials and can make recommendations to best suit your needs including weatherproof cabinetry like Nature Kast, Challenger Designs, stucco and more.

Adding Ambiance

One of the first steps in creating beautiful outdoor ambiance is with lighting. Not only is lighting great for making tasks easier, but it can assist in setting the mood for entertaining. Pergolas are great structures for adding ambiance and lighting can also be hung around them and create a beautiful gathering space near your outdoor kitchen. Sometimes ambiance can come as simply as tiki torches and candles which can also repel those pesky mosquitoes!

As we head into the cooler months, you can consider adding a fire feature to your outdoor kitchen and living space. We can create custom fireplaces for your kitchen or add a fire pit or fire bowl to compliment your entertainment area.

Set Your Budget

Before any of the planning or building begins it is essential that you set an overall budget for your project. Knowing what you want to spend on your outdoor kitchen will give us the best idea for materials, appliances, and layouts that fit your needs.

At HL Posey Builders, we can help determine what works best for you and your budget. And we can help bring your outdoor kitchen dreams to reality by finding the most value for the money you are spending. 

Choose Experienced Builders

Ready to start designing your outdoor kitchen project? HL Posey Builders is your experienced, courteous, professional choice. We put our clients first in everything that we do, and we work to make your design dreams a reality.

If you’re living in the Marco Island, Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero, Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Cape Coral, Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Boca Grande, Venice, St. Pete, Clearwater, Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Oldsmar, Westchase, Tarpon Springs, and Sarasota areas give us a call to get started on your outdoor kitchen project.

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