How to Plan Your Outdoor Kitchen Layout How to Plan Your Outdoor Kitchen Layout

Before you build your home outdoor kitchen, you have to plan your layout and program of work. Planning begins with ideas and you must put these ideas on paper. To aid your planning, you will need several tools to work with. Take your time to picture the kind of external kitchen you want for your purposes and requirements. Is it an ideal place and are you going to get the tranquility that you need? Will the place be big enough to accommodate many people during a social event or are you planning to have a small family gathering? In the course of planning, do not forget about utilities such as water lines and electricity. These may determine the location of your external kitchen as well. As a home owner, you must do a thorough investigation to identify your top priorities. Compromises will have to be made in some cases to get the best results. It is a normal thing in construction projects to do several revisions before you settle on the final plan.

Pick the Right Place

Check the site that you want your new external kitchen to be located. Imagine how it would be like to relax in this place according to your tastes. If the place is far away, then it means you will have a lot of distance to move food items, utensils and supplies to and from the main kitchen. Check for obstructions along the path between the external kitchen and the main kitchen. You do not want to bump into guests or disturb people in other rooms while you are moving items and preparing food. Steer clear from driveways and garages. You do not want to cause an accident with a moving car that is coming into or out of the garage. Check the place for exposure to bad weather conditions. Avoid places that are exposed to strong wind currents. Strong winds are a hazard because they can cause an outbreak of fire by blowing away sparks from the kitchen fire pit into the air.

Take Measurements of the Site

Take a note book, tape measure and pencil with you to measure the size of the proposed site. By this time, you should have an idea of the size of kitchen area you want. Measure the length and width of the overall site. Draw a rectangular or square sketch plan on your notebook. Mark the dimensions on the sketch plan, including the positions of any existing structure or item that is on the site, for example trees, manholes, telephone boxes, water meters, and so on. Measure the distance between the center of the site and the house kitchen. Measure the distance between the center of the site and the boundary walls. Record all this information on your notebook.

Draw the Kitchen Layout

Transfer the notes and sketches from your field notebook to your planning paper. Get a large drawing paper, the A3 or A2 size. Draw the site plan of your proposed kitchen. At this point, you must have researched on the type of kitchen plan you want. Browse through several outdoor kitchen models on the internet, for example, kitchen layouts include the L-shaped model, U-shaped model, cluster model, linear model and T-shaped models. Draw your preferred plan using a pencil and scaled rule. Make sure that the plan fits within the site boundaries and the proportions are matched. Mark the positions of equipment and installations on the drawing paper, for example, the position of kitchen sink, food preparation areas, cupboards, fire pit, sitting areas, stove, oven, store room, chimney, tables, and serving area.

Print Out Your Kitchen Plan

Draw the final plan of your kitchen on a computer and print it out. Install architectural drawing software on your PC for drawing the plan. Download the program and run it on your PC and follow the instructions. Use a basic drawing program if you are not technically experienced. A basic drawing program will allow you to draw a floor plan with easy drag and drop features.


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