There are many factors to consider before having an outdoor kitchen built. The location of your kitchen will be the first decision you will need to make, and probably the most important. Where the kitchen will be located will determine the size, shape and the components that can be included. The size of your yard, whether or not the kitchen will be inside a lanai, or the distance from your house are also important factors when designing a plan.
It’s humid in Florida, especially during summer, so the type of flooring should be carefully thought through. Some tile and marble can be slippery when wet. You will want to choose your tile carefully if you or your guests have small children who may be running around. If you have a wooden deck, you’ll want to make sure it is re-stained or re-painted so that it matches and blends well with your new outdoor kitchen.
The number and size of appliances you would like in your outdoor kitchen will be a factor in determining the entire size of the project. You will need to decide how much counter space you will want for prepping meals and cooking, room necessary for utensils and platters, and if you will want to offer seating at the counters. All of this will also determine how many appliances will fit, as well as the size of the appliances. Once it is time to pick out your countertops you need to think about a surface that is easy to clean, waterproof, and resilient to the outdoor elements.
Besides a grill and refrigeration, there are many other appliances that can be added to an outdoor kitchen. You may also want to include a sink, where plumbing will come into play. When choosing your cabinets, take into consideration the number of guests you typically entertain. You definitely want to make sure you have plenty of storage