Custom decks are often utilized as common dining areas and gathering places, which is why incorporating kitchens in these outdoor living spaces makes sense. They can be configured to be as subtle or obvious as you want, with the existing walls of the house providing structure and protection. While locating them on raised, multi-level or platform decks has its benefits, it takes careful planning to pull it off successfully.
Read on as we discuss three considerations to keep in mind when planning to build a deck that includes an outdoor kitchen.
1. The Deck’s Load Capacity
Consider the load capacity of the deck, whether you are building one or planning a deck remodel. Determining what you will be adding to it, including the outdoor kitchen, must be discussed with your contractor. You’ll want your new or existing deck to have a reduced risk of sagging or collapsing once all amenities are included in the outdoor living space.
2. The Outdoor Kitchen’s Utilities
Once you’ve determined the various amenities and appliances you want to include in your outdoor kitchen, decide where the plumbing, electrical and gas lines are located on your deck. They can be below the deck or along the support beams.
3. The Kitchen Design and Materials
Your kitchen can be installed in smaller spaces, such as a single run along your home’s exterior wall on your deck. It can also take center stage on your deck as an island complete with seating. As for the materials used for the cabinets, countertops and other kitchen features, you can choose wood, natural stone and synthetic materials. If you want a more resilient kitchen, however, stainless steel is a great option to consider.
The Deck Store specializes in deck and patio design and installation services. You can count on us to know everything about how to build the best deck or patio for your home, your tastes and your budget. Give us a call at (701) 248-7655 to get started with your project, or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.