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What Everybody Ought to Know About Outdoor Kitchens

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By Edited May 30, 2014 0 0

Outdoor Kitchens have been growing in popularity over the last couple of years. Mostly because people are finding out that they are pretty affordable to install, especially if you have a patio in your backyard.
Although it might seem like an extravagant addition to your home, some people would consider it a necessity because they are using their backyards more often than other homeowners.

If you spend a lot of time in your backyard barbecuing and enjoying the sunny weather then building an outdoor kitchen would be a perfect fit for you, especially if you have enough room in your backyard.

Having an existing deck made of concrete will certainly make the building costs significantly less. But even if you don't have one, it won't cost you a leg and an arm. The average price for a basic design ranges between $6 and $20 per square foot, not bad if you know the area you would like to have built.

The other important question to consider is whether to have a top cover for the outdoor kitchen, it might be necessary if you live in places like Seattle, Washington where it rains a lot. I don't think it's necessary at all in other places, unless you want to hide from the hot Florida sun every now and then. There are, of course, a lot of factors to consider when building a top cover, mainly the additional cost.

If you are going to be using a gas grill for your outdoor kitchen, then you should build it closer to your gas line in order to minimize costs. The counter tops are better built using granite, mainly because it will survive all kinds of weather conditions. Other elements of your outdoor kitchen should be built using materials that can survive any type of weather as well. After all, the kitchen will be built outdoor and should be well equipped to endure any type of climate.

On another note, you should consider hiring a safety professional to inspect your outdoor kitchen before you start using it. They should look for any risks for fire hazards, gas leaks in case you're using a gas grill or any type of danger you might encounter from your outdoor kitchen.

All in all, installing a new outdoor kitchen seems like a daunting and expensive task, but believe me, it's well worth the hassle.
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