Despite this historically cold winter we have experienced in the Atlanta area, spring is on its way. If you are thinking of adding an outdoor kitchen or fireplace to your home, now is the best time to plan your dreams of increasing your outdoor living space. At Old Hat Chimney Service, not only do we clean and repair chimneys, but we can also build an outdoor kitchen and fireplace to suit every need and fit every budget. If you have always dreamed of having an outdoor kitchen, we wanted to share with you some planning tips from HGTV that can help you get started planning this project now.
When you begin planning your outdoor living space, think about what you want and need from your outdoor kitchen and entertainment needs. Ask yourself the following questions:
- How often will I entertain or cook outside?
- What are my grill options? Propane, natural gas, or charcoal?
- What foods do I want to cook outside? (Pizza oven anyone?)
- What do I want to store in my outdoor kitchen? Grilling tools, plates, entertainment equipment?
- Do I want my outdoor kitchen to include a dining and entertainment area?
- Would I like to be able to wash my hands and/or dishes outside?
- Will I need a space for a refrigerator?
- Do I want my outdoor kitchen to be close to the house or a separate space?
DECIDE ON THE LOCATION FOR YOUR OUTDOOR KITCHEN
The majority of our customers at Old Hat Chimney Service choose to place their new outdoor kitchen next to their homes. Your house provides a natural shelter as the walls of your house will protect your appliances from the sun and wind. It is also very simple to extend a roof overhang to protect your outdoor kitchen from rain and snow. For those on a strict budget, it is much less expensive to run utility lines from a home to the outdoor kitchen. However, you may want to place your outdoor kitchen further away from your house, especially if you are considering building a fully-equipped kitchen. No matter where you decide to build your new outdoor living space, you should be sure to check your local building codes to see what exactly you can and cannot do. Our staff at Old Hat Chimney Service are well aware with local building codes and can help you with these details.
CHOOSE YOUR OUTDOOR KITCHEN LAYOUT
Once you have decided on its location, you can begin to plan exactly how you want your outdoor kitchen to look. Similar to indoor kitchen layouts, your outdoor kitchen configuration will depend on its site, how much space you have, your cooking style, and your budget. While you can choose a straight line kitchen built up against a wall or a U-shaped layout that mimics an indoor kitchen, you can also consider an outdoor kitchen island. A natural entertaining gathering spot, an outdoor kitchen island combines all of your cooking appliances into one area. Old Hat Chimney Service can also build an outdoor fireplace to add warmth and beauty to the outdoor dining area. Our customers have truly enjoyed being able to relax or entertain outside in front of a roaring fire.
Ready to start planning your dream outdoor kitchen and/or fireplace area? Contact us at Old Hat Chimney Service to consult with our staff about getting started with your plans.