Summer is just around the corner, which means it's time to start planning your outdoor activities. If you and your family enjoy spending time in your backyard, you may want to consider adding an outdoor kitchen. An outdoor kitchen will allow you to extend your living space out into the yard. It will also allow you to entertain and cook for your guests without heating up the inside of your home. Here are three things to consider when planning the perfect outdoor kitchen.

Location

Location is one of the first things you need to consider when planning your outdoor kitchen. You want your kitchen to be close to your home so you don't have to walk a long distance to grab items you might need but far enough away to prevent smoke from the BBQ from entering your home. In addition, if you enjoy the view of your backyard from inside the house, you want to make sure that your new outdoor kitchen doesn't interfere with that view. If you're not sure where you should build your kitchen, sit down with a designer and have them help you choose the perfect location.

Functionality

When planning your outdoor kitchen, you need to keep the function in mind. How will you be using your kitchen? Will you be doing most of your cooking outdoors, or will you just be using it for entertaining guests? These questions will help you determine how you'll outfit your new outdoor kitchen. For instance, if you'll be doing most of your cooking outdoors during the hot summer months, you'll want to make sure that you have it outfitted with all the equipment you'll need, including refrigeration and additional cook surfaces.

Flooring

Before you start planning the actual kitchen, you need to plan the flooring. This is especially important if you have small children, elderly family members or those with mobility issues. If you have small children, you'll need flooring that is slip resistant. Elderly family members or those who have mobility issues may require flooring that is smooth. A smooth surface will prevent trip and fall accidents. It will also prevent problems with wheelchair accessibility. Another issue to take into consideration is whether you have a pool in the backyard. If you do, you'll want flooring that doesn't become slippery when wet.

An outdoor kitchen is a great way to make the most out of your backyard. Use the tips discussed above to help you plan the perfect outdoor kitchen.   

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