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How to design the perfect outdoor kitchen

Blog | March 1, 2022

The kitchen is the heart of your home. It’s a place where you tell stories with your family, host your friends for a glass of wine, and share a meal with those you care about. But, when the sun is shining and the weather is warm, the last place you want to be is indoors. With an outdoor kitchen, you get the best of both worlds: a place to enjoy good food with friends and family while taking in the beauty of the Fraser Valley.

Here are five easy steps to help you design an outdoor kitchen perfect for your needs. 

1. Set your budget 

Before you lay any groundwork, setting a realistic budget will be time well spent. This is the guidepost for you and your builders to ensure plans stay on track throughout the project. 

Maybe you have a grand plan, but your budget doesn’t align with your goals. By setting and sticking to a budget, you can rank wants and needs and build a plan for future growth. It might mean that you can’t install the fire table now, but you can bring in services for a full kitchen. Our team at Stattonrock can help you design a kitchen with room to grow for the future. 

With a detailed budget, you can plan for the future without worrying about the project’s cost. 

2. Decide when to build  

Dry weather is always going to be the easiest time to build, but it may not be the best.  

Make the most of the renovation process by tackling other home upgrades or maintenance at the same time. Why? By building an outdoor kitchen development during another renovation, you can keep your budget in check and contain the chaos to one project timeline.  

While expanding your home to the outdoors may render your space unusable for the season, you will appreciate the savings in the long run. And, if this isn’t possible, we can plan and build in a phased approach. 

3. Ask yourself, ‘How will I use my outdoor kitchen?’ 

When you’re working with a design team to create your dream outdoor living area, location is everything. Do you want to be close to the house for ease of access? Is there a pool, hot tub, or other fixture you want to build around? 

Unless you’re set on a specific location, spend some time in your backyard before you start construction. 

After you’ve chosen the ideal placement, it’s time to consider how you will use the space. 

Many outdoor living spaces in the Valley are operational for three seasons and shut down for the winter. But, with the right design and plan, such as a covered patio with heaters for the cold months, you can use your space year-round. 

4. Select your materials and appliances 

You have your location, you know how you will use your outdoor living area, and you have a potential timeline in mind. Now, it’s time to look at your materials and accents. 

With the amount of rain the Valley sees, that beautiful live edge countertop won’t last in your outdoor kitchen. Instead, consider solid surface countertops like granite or natural stone. 

How you use your outdoor kitchen also informs your appliances. If you’re entertaining guests over cocktails or craft beer, a stone pizza oven is a great addition. Cooking full meals and don’t want to haul the dirty dishes back inside? Consider an outdoor dishwasher for convenience and dedicate a set of kitchenware for the new space.  

Your full kitchen will also need a heat supply. Depending on the scope, propane is an easy alternative to a full gas range. 

5. Add any personal touches 

Imagine sitting outside with your family after the sun sets. A faint glow from a string of dim yellow lights illuminates your gathering space as you share the last of the night’s meal. As you’re ready to go inside to end your evening, you follow the inviting line of torches that lead to your backdoor.  

Whether you’re looking to add a fireplace to huddle around on cold nights or a beautiful water feature to act as your backyard’s centrepiece, now is the time to decide how to make your new outdoor living space suit your needs and personality.  

Keep in mind the more you personalize the design to meet your cooking style and needs, the more time you will spend using your outdoor kitchen. 

Building an outdoor kitchen is an exciting but big undertaking. At Stattonrock Design + Build, our team of builders, designers, and professional trades help to streamline the process. Our team is involved in the renovation from the start and is with you every step of the way, creating a smooth process from ideation to implementation.  

Are you ready to build an outdoor kitchen where you can tell stories with friends and family? Contact us for a free, no-obligation consult today. 


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