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​5 Tips for Turning Your Deck into an Outdoor Kitchen

Posted on April 12, 2019

San Antonio Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens are one of the best additions you can make to your San Antonio home. Not only do they offer a myriad of practical uses, like offering you another entertainment space, they can also help tie your outdoor space to the indoors of your home. If you already have a deck but are interested in transforming it by adding a kitchen, there are a few tips to keep in mind during the process. 

1 - Ensure the Deck is Ready

One of the most important parts of turning your deck into an outdoor kitchen, is making sure it is ready to receive the transformation. Outdoor kitchens require the installation of heavy appliances, which can overwhelm the foundations of your deck if you're not careful. Therefore, before turning your deck into a kitchen, a thorough inspection of your deck should be made and any maintenance issues should be addressed. Furthermore, the deck should be treated with a stain or paint that can withstand water and grease spills, which can occur in any kitchen setting.

2 - Consider Location 

Your outdoor kitchen doesn't have to take up the entirety of your deck - in fact, it probably shouldn't. Therefore, you have the ability to choose where the kitchen will go. Factors such as wind direction and sightlines should be taken into consideration. If possible, you should want your grill's smoke to get blown away from the house or seating areas. You also may want to consider distance - you don't want your kitchen to be inconvenient to the indoors, should you need to use your other kitchen for whatever reason.

3 - Appliances Matter

Most of the decisions you'll be making regarding your outdoor kitchen will revolve around the appliances themselves. Their size and type will help determine many of the other aspects of your kitchen. The weight of the appliances is the most important, as you must ensure your deck can withstand it. Additionally, the size of the appliances can help you determine the location of your serving area, and the other surfaces you will have around the appliances themselves. 

4 - Bring the Indoors, Outdoors

Creating an aesthetic in your outdoor kitchen that matches the rest of your house is a great way to foster cohesiveness between your indoor and outdoor spaces. This can often be achieved by simply bringing a color palette from inside your home to the outdoor kitchen, or using similar tiles or stones to accent the backsplashes of both kitchens. By designing your outdoor kitchen with your indoor spaces in mind, you can more easily transition your entertainment between the two locations, should the need arise.

5 - Coverage in Important

Lastly, ensure your deck is properly covered, for those impromptu rain showers that can occur in the summer, as well as offer protection from the sun. Patio or deck covers are not only practical - they also offer a way to further the design of your home. Coverings can be the capstone of your outdoor kitchen, tying all the different elements of your outdoor space together. Without a deck or patio cover, your kitchen just won't be complete.

Let Us Help

If you are interested in turning your deck into a functional outdoor kitchen space, perfect for entertaining, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Our design team would be happy to sit down with you and help you create the outdoor kitchen of your dreams, perfect for year-round use. For more information or to get started on your kitchen today, contact us by filling out our easy online form, or by calling us at (210) 496 - 3325 to get started!

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