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How to Build an Outdoor Kitchen

May 03, 2023 7 min read

How to Build an Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens are a great way to enjoy the weather and entertain guests. Here at WC Supply, we offer quality cabinetry supplies, including weather-resistant painted cabinets, to help you get started on your new project. Follow these steps and ideas to create the perfect backyard retreat.

Choose a Location

The first step is to choose a location for your outdoor kitchen. You'll want to consider factors such as the size of your yard, how much sun or shade you get and whether you want it to be near your pool or patio.

The optimal location for an outdoor kitchen is close to your indoor kitchen, so you can easily bring out food and supplies. However, you'll want to make sure there's enough space for guests to move around and socialize.

If your yard is small, you may need to get creative with your layout to make the most of the space. Either way, be sure to measure the area before you start shopping for supplies.

Once you've found the perfect spot, mark off the area with stakes and string. This will help you visualize the size and layout of your outdoor kitchen.

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Build a Base

The next step is to build a base for your outdoor kitchen. Keep in mind that the location you choose will determine what type of foundation you'll need. For example, if you want to build on an existing patio, you'll need to make sure it's structurally sound and large enough to support your kitchen. If you're starting from scratch, you'll need to level the ground and pour a concrete pad.

Pouring a concrete pad is a big job, so you may want to hire a professional concrete contractor to do it for you. However, if you're doing it yourself, start by creating a level base for your outdoor kitchen. This can be done by excavating the area and pouring a concrete slab.

Alternatively, you could use pavers, stones or bricks to create a raised patio. These materials are easy to work with and provide a durable surface that can withstand the elements.

Once you've created your base, be sure to add drainage by sloping the concrete pad away from your house. This will prevent water from pooling around your outdoor kitchen and damaging your foundation.

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Select Your Appliances

The next step is to select the appliances for your outdoor kitchen. This will largely be determined by the size of the space and your budget. Some of the most prevalent appliances for outdoor kitchens include grills, smokers, pizza ovens and refrigerators.

The best way to determine what appliances you need is to make a list of what you want to cook and how you want to entertain. From there, you can narrow down your choices and find the perfect fit for your outdoor kitchen. For example, if you love to entertain, you may want to invest in a built-in grill with plenty of prep space. Or if you're a gourmet cook, you may want to add a pizza oven or smoker.

Install Utilities

Once you have determined what types of appliances you'll be installing, you will need to install the utilities for your outdoor kitchen. This includes running gas, water and electricity into the space. Without these amenities, your outdoor kitchen will be no more than a campfire.

If you're working with an existing patio, you may be able to tap into your home's existing utilities. However, if you're starting from scratch, you'll need to run new lines to the space. This involves a lot of digging, so it's best to hire a professional contractor to do it for you.

Once the utilities are installed, you can start hooking up your appliances. If you're working with gas, you'll need to have a professional plumber or gas fitter do this for you. Working with gas is dangerous, so it's not something you should attempt on your own if you do not have significant experience in this area. A professional can even help you install any new appliances, such as a built-in grill or pizza oven, and make sure they're properly vented.

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Some outdoor kitchens are powered entirely by solar energy. If this is something you're interested in, you'll need to install a few solar panels and deep-cycle batteries. This will provide enough power to run small appliances, such as a refrigerator or lights. However, it may not be powerful enough to run large appliances, such as a grill or pizza oven.

Choose Your Countertops and Flooring

This is where you can really start to get creative with your outdoor kitchen design. The sky's the limit when it comes to choosing countertops and flooring for your space.

Stone, such as granite or marble, makes an excellent countertop material. Stone is durable and easy to clean, making it a great choice for outdoor kitchens. Concrete is also a solid choice, as it can be stained and sealed to create a unique look that will withstand the elements.

For flooring, pavers are a popular choice. Pavers are available in a variety of colors and styles, so you can create a unique look for your outdoor kitchen. Other strong contenders include stone, tile and concrete.

You can use these materials to create built-in seating, planters and other features. For example, you could use pavers to create a path from your house to the outdoor kitchen. Or, you could use bricks to build a raised garden bed for herbs and spices. The possibilities are endless, so get creative with your design.

The best way to lay brick or stone is to use a concrete adhesive. This will help ensure that your surfaces are level and even. Once the adhesive is dry, you can grout the joints and seal the surfaces to protect them from water damage. The sealer will make the surface easier to clean, too.

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Add Storage and Prep Space

Now that you have your appliances and countertops installed, it's time to start thinking about storage and prep space. Outdoor kitchens don't have the same amount of storage space as indoor kitchens, so you'll need to be creative with your design. However, our selection of RTA cabinets can help you make the most of your space. These cabinets are designed for easy assembly so that you can put them together without any specialized tools or equipment.

One popular option is to install a bar with shelves or Weatherstrong Outdoor Cabinets. This provides a place to store glasses, plates and other dining essentials. You can also use the bar for food prep or as a buffet for guests.

No matter what you choose, make sure it is weather-resistant. Outdoor kitchens are exposed to the elements, so you'll need to use materials that can withstand heat, cold and moisture.

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Implement Safety Features

Outdoor cooking comes with its own set of safety concerns. To help prevent accidents, it's important to implement a few safety features in your outdoor kitchen.

One of the most important safety features is a fire extinguisher. This should be easily accessible in case of a grease fire or other emergency. Consider mounting it on the wall near your grill or countertop.

You should also take measures to avoid carbon monoxide buildup in your outdoor kitchen. This can be a problem if you're using gas-powered appliances, such as a grill or smoker.

As you're designing your outdoor kitchen, be sure to allow enough clearance around appliances for proper ventilation. A good rule of thumb is to allow at least three feet of clearance on all sides of the appliance. You may want to install a carbon monoxide detector in your outdoor kitchen for added safety.

Another safety consideration is lighting. Outdoor kitchens are often used in the evening, so it's important to have adequate lighting. Install lights over your grill or countertop so you can see what you're cooking. Pathway lights leading to your outdoor kitchen can help prevent trips and falls.

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Add Some Final Touches

With the major items taken care of, it's time to add some finishing touches to your outdoor kitchen. From accessories to décor, there are endless ways to personalize your space.

An outdoor television is one option to consider. This is perfect for entertaining guests or watching the big game while you cook. If you go this route, be sure to buy a weather-resistant television and mount it in a protected area.

Another fun addition is a bar fridge. This allows you to keep drinks cold and within easy reach. If you don't want a full-sized fridge, consider a compact option that can be stored under your countertop.

Finally, consider your seating options. Outdoor kitchens are often used for entertaining, so it's important to have adequate seating. If you have the space, add a dining table and chairs. If not, consider installing a few bar stools at your countertop.

Don't Forget About Maintenance

After all your hard work, it's time to sit back and enjoy your new outdoor kitchen. Whether you're entertaining guests or cooking for your family, your new kitchen will be the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors.

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Don't forget to properly maintain your outdoor kitchen to keep it looking its best. This includes cleaning your appliances and counters regularly. You should inspect your outdoor kitchen for signs of wear and tear. If you notice any damage, make repairs as soon as possible to avoid further damage. With a little bit of care, your outdoor kitchen will be a beautiful and functional space that you can enjoy for years to come.


We hope this guide has inspired you to create your own outdoor kitchen. All it takes is some planning, creativity and elbow grease to transform your backyard into the ultimate entertaining space. And with our selection of outdoor kitchen cabinets, you can create a space that's both stylish and functional in a breeze. Get your project started by browsing our cabinet supplies today!


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