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Considerations for Building an Outdoor Kitchen and Dining Area

Written By: Suzie Wilson  Happier Home


Even with restrictions continuing to loosen across the country, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how people spend time at home—possibly forever. And while choosing to stay home more often can help protect your family from the virus, there are also legitimate physical and mental health risks to being cooped up indefinitely. That’s why it’s critical to spend time outdoors, which is more enjoyable when you have a space that accommodates family activities.

If you’re looking to spend more outdoor time together at home, building a kitchen and dining area could be the perfect solution. There’s a lot that goes into the process, but if you know what you want and go into it prepared, it can save you time, money, and stress. Here are some factors to consider as you plan your outdoor kitchen and dining area:


Creating an outdoor kitchen and dining area all starts with drawing up a layout. This is when you think about what your family needs from the space and you put your dreams on paper or online. For example, do you want an elaborate kitchen with a variety of cooking appliances? Would you rather focus on decking out the dining area? Do you have the budget for both a top-notch kitchen and dining area, or do you need to prioritize one above the other?

Furthermore, determine whether you have the right home for an outdoor kitchen and dining area. If not, looking for a home you’ll be able to enjoy more might be worth considering. Just be sure to hire a reliable realtor like Linda Ruppe.








Appliances and Equipment

Once you have your layout in place, you will need to consider appliances and equipment. Many people make the mistake of going all out when it comes to kitchen appliances. If you want to go for the brick oven and smoker, make sure you will actually use them. Otherwise, a stove, grill, and refrigerator may suffice. Also, will you be entertaining yourselves or guests in the outdoor space? If so, you might consider budgeting for a flat-screen TV, audio system, and any other equipment that will enhance the experience. And of course, you will want to make sure there is a reliable internet connection in the space.


Along with appliances and equipment, consider any other amenities that might take the experience to the next level. For example, to ensure that you and your guests have access to clean and fresh water, consider investing in a water filtration system. A quality system will eliminate bacteria, chloramine, viruses, and all other contaminants from the tap water. You can even get a portable filter system for table or countertop, which is handy for an outdoor space.

Additionally, a fireplace in the dining area, along with some ambient lighting, could bring the comfort level up to 10. Amenities like these can be well worth the investment, even if you have to do some tweaking with your budget.


Furniture is another consideration when it comes to creating your outdoor kitchen and dining area. With so many varieties of outdoor furniture available these days, it’s important to consider your needs when furnishing your space. It’s also important to factor in how much the furniture will be exposed to the sun and elements, as well as the climate in which you live.

Traditional wood furniture looks great and is possibly the closest thing to indoor furniture, which can make people feel more comfortable. However, cast-iron furniture is the most durable, and synthetic outdoor furniture is durable and comfortable, which makes it a nice balance between all the types of furniture.

There has never been a more critical time to spend time outdoors. And the best way to set your family and friends up to do that is by creating an outdoor kitchen and dining area. Remember to carefully create a layout, and be strategic about the appliances, equipment, amenities, and furniture you choose. While there is much more involved in the process of building an outdoor space, considering these factors will put you on the right path.