Are you thinking about building an amazing outdoor kitchen? It actually isn’t as difficult as it sounds. While you may need to have water and either gas or electricity ran to your kitchen area, building that space isn’t as difficult as it may seem. You can use pavers to create an amazing cooking space that connects to your patio and perfectly matches the stones you used to create it. If this is the next paver project on your list, here are a few things to keep in mind when building your outdoor dream kitchen.
Spend Some Time Designing It
Even though pavers are a little easier to move or disassemble than concrete, it’s always a good idea to spend time designing your space before you start building anything. Think about what you need in your outdoor kitchen. Are you primarily going to be grilling the main course in the space while the rest of the meal is prepared indoors? How many people will you usually be cooking for? Do you want a roof or other covering above it? Is a grill sufficient, or do you want an outdoor pizza oven? Answering all of these questions first will help you design your space.
Consider the Utilities
What utilities will your space need? Running water, hot water, sewer, gas, electric…running all of these utilities to the space won’t be as difficult if it’s done before you start laying down pavers. You don’t want to tear up all of the beautiful pavers you just laid because you’ve decided you want an outdoor sink. Decide on that first.
Give Yourself Space, but Not Too Much Space
One of the most difficult parts of building an outdoor kitchen is its size. You want to be sure you have the space needed to do everything comfortably, but you don’t necessarily want to take up half of your paver patio with the kitchen. As you’re building, you may decide the space is too large. If that’s the case, you have two options: scale back the kitchen or enlarge the patio. Thankfully, a paver patio can easily be expanded by adding a few more rows of pavers to it. You may even want to do this before you build the kitchen to create a new patio section dedicated to cooking.
These are just a few things to keep in mind as you’re designing and building your outdoor kitchen. If you need any help with this project, contact the experts at Island Block & Masonry Supplies. We’re here to help you!