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How to Plan the Construction of an Outdoor Kitchen?

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You have been saving up for years to get the house of your dreams in New Orleans. 

Now that you have it, you want to take it up a notch by installing an outdoor kitchen. Nothing transforms the backyard, quite like outdoor kitchens. 

They can take your living experience to another level, and with the right design, your house will be the designated hang out joint by your friends. 

So, what does it entail to plan this kitchen, and what factors should you consider? 

Setting Up Your Dream Outdoor Kitchen

One thing that you should remember when planning an outdoor kitchen is to consider what exactly you like and what works for you. 

The first step is to remove all the outside noises and concentrate on yourself. 

This is because there are numerous designs on the internet, and some that you will see on TV of your favorite celebrities, that may influence you. 

Quieting the noise will help you be creative and come up with a unique design that you will love, and not a copy of someone else’s home. If you need help on how to do this, you can check out your local home improvement contractor.

They will help you bring your ideas into life. Below are some of the design tips to keep in mind.

Available Space

The available space is paramount to knowing how big or small your kitchen will be. 

It is recommended to see a specialist who will help you figure out where it will be placed.

This is because they have years of experience doing this job; therefore, they know all the ins and outs and will advise you accordingly. 

They will also inform you about the codes in your municipality, to ensure that you are following the law, and advise you to go to the town’s building department where you will be informed of any additional rules and regulations that you should abide by. 

You will also be advised on how close to the property line you can build before you start the construction.

If you have a bigger space, you can take advantage of it by building an outdoor deck that guests can relax during your barbecue party. 


The budget that you have will influence your outdoor kitchen ideas. 

It’s crucial to make a budget and stick to it as much as possible. 

This will prevent you from going overboard and spending money that was for other essential things in your kitchen. 

The budget will also help you since things always get out of hand, and will cost more than you had planned for before. 

Here, it will give you a guideline on how to go about it. 

Ensure that you include all the small details in the budget as well, such as light fixtures and hardware. 

This will prevent your costs from miraculously going up from what you had expected.

Kitchen Layout

The type of layout that you choose will be determined by the amount of space that is available, the site, budget, and the cooking style. 

For example, a straight-line kitchen is perfect if you have a small budget, and if space is more modest. It is excellent for kitchens where only one cook will need to work at a particular time.

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 With this kind of layout, you will need to have non-combustible materials to protect the siding since the kitchen is usually against the wall. 

For a U-shaped kitchen, you need a bigger space. It is perfect if you have a freestanding kitchen in mind.

It will also accommodate a bar area, sink, grill, and refrigerator. It is a fancy design that will make the backyard stand out. 

The other layout is known as the kitchen island. 

This island layout usually has the grill and all other appliances in one unit placed centrally. 

It is perfect, especially if having an entertainment hub is your primary goal. Some of the kitchen island options include:

  • A Grill Island

This island is the perfect outdoor kitchen if you have adequate space. 

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You will have to decide on whether you prefer a prefab or custom grill island. 

Prefab grills are cheaper than their custom counterparts, but you will have to choose the right materials with the climate in your area. 

This is because the tile tops tend to crack in winter. With the help of an expert, you will be able to choose the right one for you and one that suits your vision and needs.

  • A BBQ Island

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It’s the perfect design for entertainment, cooking, and some relaxation. 

With the help of Big Easy Landscaping, you will be able to choose the design aspects and functionalities that you prefer. 

It’s advised to get a professional to help you instead of going the DIY way since you will get high-quality service, and they have the relevant skills needed to create the bbq island that you had envisioned.


You need to incorporate style to your outdoor kitchen ideas. 

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Some of the techniques in the market include traditional, contemporary, and rustic. 

The style will depend on your tastes, and what speaks to you. Choose one that you like, and that portrays your personality to make your kitchen stand out.

Permanent Or Durable?

When it comes to these kitchens, you will need to ask yourself whether you want a permanent or portable one. 

If you’re planning to move out in a few years, then a portable one will be the right choice for you. 

You can also buy portable grills to make the process easier for you when you move out or a rolling cart with shelves to act as your storage space. 

This will also ease the work for you. However, if you do not see yourself moving out, and are spending on living in that house until your golden years, then a portable kitchen will not harm. 

It will be the best option for you and will also save you money in the long run.

Going the Long Way 

Planning an outdoor kitchen is a daunting task, but it has its rewards in the end. 

With the right planning, you will be able to have the kitchen of your dreams. 

Consider the above points while planning for your backyard kitchen, and the process will be smoother for you. 

It’s recommended to consult a professional to help you on this path, as doing it by yourself can be quite challenging.



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