Outdoor Kitchen Plans

By: Glenn Whitehead

Having a set of outdoor kitchen plans is the first step to creating your perfect backyard paradise. A good set of building plans will help insure that your project is completed according to the best industry standards and practices, as well as to your satisfaction. The amount of detail included in your plans will depend largely on who will manage the job and the codes and restrictions in your area. The following are some of the major things to consider when preparing outdoor kitchen plans.

  • Purpose of Plans-There are several possible reasons for having a written set of plans drawn. The primary purpose is to give contractors and craftsman a guide that tells them exactly what you want. The more elaborateor specific your needs are; the more detailed your plans will need to be. Plans are also often required to obtain the necessary building permits and project approvals. I recommend that, prior to starting your plans, you consult with your local building code officials, homeowners association, or other parties that may have authority over codes and restrictions. If you will be using the plans to solicit bids from potential contractors; including as much detail as possible will help insure that the bids are all equal.
  • Location and Type of Structure-Careful consideration should be given to the location of your outdoor kitchen and the type of structure you’ll build. Will it be free standing or attached to the home? Where is the nearest access to plumbing and electrical? Are there easements or build lines that may pose problems? Answering these questions will play a big part in determining the type of structure you can build, as well as the cost of building it.
  • Who Will Draw the Plans?-Having answers to the questions above will play a big part in determining who you need to draw the plans. Building code requirements may make it necessary to hire an architect orstructural engineer. However, if a simple set of sketches is all that’s needed; a draftsman or a contractor may be able to provide you with what you need. If you’ve got some knowledge of construction, and are handy with the computer, there are several software programs that will help you put together your own set ofoutdoor kitchen plans.
  • Layout-Once the technical questions have been answered; you’ll need to decide on the details, such as the location of grills and othercooking equipment, sinks, refrigerators, and other appliances. The type of furniture you want will also play a big role in the layout of your kitchen.
  • Finishes-The final touches such as paints and stains, flooring, cabinets, and counter tops will determine the final appearance and the ultimate cost of the project. It’s important to choose finishes that are suited for the exposure to weather and will hold up well over the long haul.

As you can see; there are many aspects to consider when making outdoor kitchen plans. Doing the necessary preparation in the beginning will make a big difference in the finished product.

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