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Building an Outdoor Kitchen – Fathers Day

Posted by Susanna Haynie on June 16, 2015
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Picture of people at a picnic with a man grilling captioned with give the gift of grillingLooking for gift ideas for the grill master? Give the dad in your life the gift of grilling and build him an outdoor kitchen this Father’s Day. How to Build an Outdoor Kitchen:Determine the Budget — Before you start planning your patio parties, decide how much you want to spend. Basic DIY grill islands can start at approximately $800, not including countertop, sink, grill or other fixtures.

Plan Out Your Space — Take a look at your outdoor space and decide where you’d like to locate your new kitchen. Don’t forget to consider ease of getting in and out of the house with ingredients and utensils.

Decide on a Design — Shortlist the features you want and find a design that integrates them in a layout that suits your space. Common must-haves include a sink, storage cabinets, eating bar, outdoor outlets, separate burners and a wood-burning oven.

Gather the Materials — When choosing materials, consider ones that are both easy to work with and are durable enough to withstand the elements. Faux stone veneer is a good option because it doesn’t require painting or sealing.

Start Building — Set aside more time than you think you need to put it all together, especially if this is your first DIY project. While you may choose to do some of the work yourself, be sure to hire professionals to install gas lines and electrical outlets.

Beyond these steps, consider other additions that would create the ideal outdoor kitchen, including a pizza oven, fans and heaters, overhead cover or a fireplace!

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