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Outdoor Kitchen Design

Even though people often imagine the same things in an outdoor kitchen — countertops, a grill, a patio, a seating area off to the side — outdoor kitchens are by no means one-size-fits-all projects. At Mitchell Outdoor Living, we take pride in being able to offer our customers unique and customized kitchen designs and construction. Whatever you are imagining, we can make it a reality. From the initial consultation where we talk about the overall concept and design, to the completion of the project, when you can finally sit back and enjoy your outdoor space, our staff is dedicated to providing exceptional service.

With years of experience designing and constructing outdoor kitchens in the Gun Barrel City and Dallas areas, you can trust that we’ll create a space made with quality materials and a sturdy construction. We understand that an outdoor kitchen is an investment, but we strive to offer affordable services whatever the scope of the project is. If you want to upgrade your outdoor living space, whether it’s a fire pit, adding outdoor furniture, or a complete outdoor kitchen, you can find it all at Mitchell Outdoor Living. Our team is dedicated to ensuring our customers are completely satisfied with their backyard.


Expert Tips on Outdoor Kitchen Design

At Mitchell Outdoor Living, we want to ensure our customers get an experience that is 100% satisfactory. If you’re looking to invest in an outdoor kitchen, we believe it should be nothing less than perfect. Our experts will work with you from start to finish so that every item is included in the design and is constructed exactly how you imagine it. At your initial consultation, we’ll talk about the overall design of your outdoor kitchen.

What to Consider as You’re Planning Your Outdoor Kitchen Design

The Location

Outdoor kitchens can be placed just about anywhere in your backyard, but there are a few things to keep in mind. Consider how you, family, and guests will access the space. As you walk from the inside of the house out, what do you want to see and what space do you want to step into first? Will water and power be easily accessible from the house? If you plan on frequently cooking in the kitchen, the distance from the indoor kitchen will have a significant impact on convenience. The placement of the grill will create a hot zone, so you may want a seating area to be further away. Depending on the size of your yard, there may not be many options, but it’s still important to consider these factors.

The Layout

There are two elements to the layout of an outdoor kitchen — the kitchen itself, and how the kitchen flows with the space beyond it.

  • The Kitchen: Just like your indoor kitchen, remember the triangle rule. Keep enough distance in between the sink, refrigerator, and grill/stove so that there is enough space to move around, but not too much space so that it’s inconvenient moving around. Also consider where you want drawers and/or cabinets placed within the kitchen. You may also want to think about your view from the kitchen and what you will be looking at when you’re at the grill.
  • The Flow: Even people who aren’t cooking in the kitchen should be able to easily move in and out of the space. If there is a fire pit and seating or a pool beyond the kitchen, make sure that each space is open and accessible. The distance between each space is also an important factor. Do you want guests to be closer together or will they be able to spread out amongst each space?

Add the Right Appliances

The appliances you want in your kitchen should also be considered when you’re planning the layout of the space. The number of appliances and their size can impact the overall size of the space, as well as the cost of the project. Popular outdoor kitchen appliances include a grill, of course, a smoker, refrigerator and ice maker. You’ll also want to choose appliances that are durable and won’t easily get damaged from the weather.

Materials

Outdoor kitchens are, naturally, outside, and will need to be made with materials that can withstand Texas weather. The materials that make up the floor, the island or peninsula, countertops, and beams will all need to stand up to rain, wind, cold weather, and heat. Stainless steel, concrete, tile, and stone are all great materials for an outdoor kitchen. Other materials, like marble, even though they look great, especially when used as a flooring material, can be slippery when wet and may not be best suited for an outdoor space.

Covered Areas

The Dallas area certainly gets hot and sunny, so whether it’s the seating area or the outdoor kitchen, you may want to construct a space with a pergola or have outdoor furniture that is covered with an awning or sunshade to protect guests from the sun. This will not only help create a comfortable space when it’s warmer, but it can also protect various items from fading due to UV rays.

These are just a few things to consider as you’re designing your outdoor kitchen, but the team at Mitchell Outdoor Living will be sure to discuss various factors that are specific to your backyard, needs, and budget. If you’re looking into adding an outdoor kitchen, you can trust our contractors to design and create a beautiful, high-quality space that truly represents your style and taste.