Thinking About an Outdoor Kitchen

Thinking About an Outdoor Kitchen?

Here in the Gun Barrel City area, we have the perfect climate to enjoy outdoor living spaces, including outdoor kitchens. From March until November, we experience average temperatures anywhere between 67 and 95 degrees with only four to five days of rain a month. It’s incredible — and it’s part of what makes lake life so great in our area. If you’re thinking about building a kitchen outdoors, then you’ll need an affordable, experienced outdoor kitchen design team and the experts here at Mitchell Outdoor Living are here to help.

Our team will help you identify what you need from your kitchen so that we can help you create the space of your dreams. Not sure what exactly you need? That’s okay! The seven questions below can help fuel your creativity. Check them out and then contact us today to request a consultation.

7 Questions to Ask Yourself

How Often Do I Cook and Eat Outside?

Wanting an outdoor kitchen and actually using it and enjoying it are two very different concepts. Before you commit to building one, you want to make sure that it makes sense to do so. If you cook and eat outside regularly, then it is highly likely that you’d love having an outdoor kitchen. However, if your grill has been covered and collecting dust for the last couple of months, then you may not use your outdoor kitchen as much as you think you would.

When I Do Cook Outside, What Types of Food Do I Make?

Asking yourself this question can help you determine the types of appliances that you need in your outdoor kitchen. Do you like to barbecue and smoke large cuts of meat? If so, then it may make perfect sense to incorporate a smoker into your space. How about the types of sides that you like to enjoy? If you tend to use your cooktop a lot inside the house for whipping up veggies, rice, and other types of sides, then chances are you’d use one outdoors, too.

What Type of Grill Do I Prefer?

No outdoor kitchen is complete without an incredible grill. Whether you plan on grilling almost every time you use your outdoor space or you think you’ll use it occasionally, it is wise to think about what type you prefer to cook on. Gas, propane, and charcoal grills all get the job done, but in different ways. Our team is happy to help you understand the nuances between all three of these grill types so you can select the best one for your needs.

How Many People Will Be in My Outdoor Kitchen?

This might sound like an odd question to ask yourself, but it makes perfect sense when you think about it. Just as indoor kitchens can get crowded when too many people are in them, so can outdoor kitchens. Do you envision that your family and guests will be elsewhere while you cook, or will they hang out with you while you cook? Where will you all eat? These are important considerations when determining the size of your outdoor kitchen.

Where Will I Do My Prep Work?

This is another logistic that is helpful to consider as you are in the early stages of starting your outdoor kitchen design. Will you do your prep work indoors and bring the food outside to cook? Or do you prefer to do all of the prep work outside? If it is inside, you want to make sure you have a clean shot from the back door to the kitchen space. If it is outside, then you want to make sure you have cutting boards, knives, and other kitchen tools at the ready.

What Kind of Storage Will I Need?

Any kitchen, whether it is indoors or outdoors, needs to have the right amount of storage to keep things neat and tidy when it is not in use. This is especially important for outdoor kitchens because you don’t want your kitchen tools and accessories to blow away or be ruined by exposure to rain and UV rays. To get a feel for how much storage you need, consider what you need to store and go from there. Our team can also help you determine your storage needs.

What Is the Ideal Setup for Cleaning Up?

Once you and your family have enjoyed an incredible meal in your outdoor living space, there comes the task of cleaning up, including putting away leftovers and washing up the dishes. Do you prefer to take everything back inside to clean up indoors, or would you like to be able to store food and wash dishes right then and there? Our outdoor kitchen design team can create a design that suits your preferences in this department, whatever they may be.

Gun Barrel City Outdoor Kitchen Design

Now that you have a better idea of what you’re looking for in your outdoor living space, it’s time to consult with an outdoor kitchen design team that can help you bring your dreams to life. At Mitchell Outdoor Living, we build custom outdoor kitchens that extend your living space and offer unobstructed views of lake fun, ranch life, or your own backyard. What’s more, an outdoor kitchen can also add value to your home, increasing resale appeal and providing the perfect location for entertaining family and friends.

From design to construction services we offer it all and if you can dream it, we can build it. Let us create the perfect outdoor kitchen for you! Contact us today to get started!