Add An Outdoor Kitchen To Your Swimming Pool Area

by Pool Builders on 04-01-2011 in Articles

You already love being in your swimming pool and spend most of your time outdoors. How can you add to that enjoyment? By adding an outdoor kitchen area to the mix, of course. With an outdoor kitchen you can use it as a place to eat and cook and entertain out of doors at poolside.

Place your outdoor kitchen either on your patio next to the pool or in a screened-in porch area. The kitchen doesn't need to be constructed on a slab, it can be placed in the middle of a grassy section of your yard. It can be equipped with a barbecue pit or an actual range and cook top. Your contractor can include a sink, wood-fired oven, electric and gas hookups or other convenience items.

Consider carefully its location. As with any construction project you will have to apply for building permits to construct your outdoor kitchen. When considering placement, plan so it will minimize the degree to which smoke, noise and light will infringe on your neighbor's yards. You also need to think about your own desire for privacy when you are cooking and entertaining.
Convenience should factor into the placement. Remember, the it is from hook ups to electric or water the more expensive it will be to hook up.
Do you want your outdoor kitchen to look as if it's a separate entity from your pool area or do you want it to blend in seamlessly as part of your backyard décor.

You will have a decision to make for your kitchen: will it be an attached or a detached outdoor kitchen design. An attached kitchen is accessible by either a short walk through or a pass-through window to make it easier to transport food to and from.

If you want to make your outdoor kitchen experience seem more of a separate entity from the rest of your house, you can build a freestanding structure. The kitchen area could be built into a pavilion area or have half walls or a roof on post type structure. This could offer you a structure that you could still use even in inclement weather.

A gazebo is another great option. You can buy kits to construct your own gazebo or the contractor that you choose for the construction of it could also enclose it in a gazebo.

To add value to your home you want to design the area so it complements the style and color of your house. No matter what kind of outdoor kitchen you construct, there is no doubt that this addition will enhance your backyard enjoyment.

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