How to Design an Outdoor Kitchen Using Pavers

An outdoor kitchen is the perfect space for the chef in your family. Rather than being stuck indoors you can be part of the activity and excitement of summer and warm fall afternoons. In Southern California, pavers have been used to create amazing outdoor spaces for years. Regardless of your geographic location you can create the perfect outdoor kitchen using pavers.

Steps

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    Pick your location. Your outdoor kitchen should be near the house and the existing plumbing to make installation easier. Many people chose to place an outdoor kitchen off of the patio for an overall outdoor living experience.
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    Measure the length and width of the space.
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    Multiply the two measurements for the overall square footage. This will help you to calculate the cost of a new outdoor kitchen.
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    Take pictures of the space.
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    Put your ideas to paper through drawings or graphic renderings.
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    Select the flooring. Patio pavers work very well as they are durable, gorgeous, and come in a variety of colors and textures.
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    Install a kitchen island. This is essential for designing an outdoor kitchen that is functional. Your island should include storage, a sink, and a built in refrigerator to keep things cold. You can have one built of wood but pavers will last longer with less maintenance.
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    Build a BBQ area. No outdoor kitchen is complete without an BBQ or grilling station. Use the same pavers as your kitchen island for a high-end, customized look.
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    Install lighting. Make sure you can cook outdoors, regardless of the time of day. Have lighting installed so you can move around comfortably. Consider lighting in the flooring, overhead lights hung from a pergola, or wall sconces built into a privacy wall made of pavers.
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    Add seating. Make sure that your guests can join you in the kitchen space by providing seating. This can be at the kitchen island or in an outdoor dining room.
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    Install a fireplace. You can have a gorgeous outdoor fireplace made of pavers. This can match the kitchen island and BBQ area for a cohesive design that is stunning and practical. A fireplace will add warmth and make it easier to enjoy your kitchen year round.
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    Grow your own vegetables and herbs in flower pots or raised beds. Place them within easy reach of your cooking space so that meals prepared outdoors are made with fresh ingredients. This will make your food taste even more amazing.
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    Start cooking and enjoy!

Tips

  • Create 2D or 3D images of your outdoor kitchen prior to hiring a contractor. This can help you to clearly convey your vision and make sure there are no misunderstandings.
  • Check a website like Angie's List or Yelp for contractor review prior to making your final selection.

Warnings

  • Installing an outdoor kitchen is not for the faint of heart. Some aspects of the project are easier to DIY, like laying the patio pavers. If you don't have experience with plumbing or electrical, it is best to work with a professional.

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