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Things To Consider for Outdoor Kitchen Designs

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Real talk: you need an outdoor kitchen in your Northern Colorado back yard, and here’s why.  

Over the years, we’ve seen outdoor kitchen designs play a significant role in increasing home value and improving home-owner health.

And when you have an awesome outdoor kitchen to grill and chill whenever you want, whether your home is in Boulder, Fort Collins, or Greeley, your Northern Colorado property will be worth more. As an added bonus, the time you spend outdoors will actually be good for you!

Let’s unpack some high-level design aspects to consider before you get going on your outdoor kitchen design project…

Outdoor Kitchen Designs: Things to Consider

Location, Layout, Look

This is definitely early stages of the process, but we’re basically referring to anything that has to do with the general outdoor kitchen space – where it will be, how it will look, and what layout would work best.

Because every home is different, the outdoor space options will vary – and so will your location! Deciding on the best place for your outdoor kitchen is the first step, as it will inform other important design decisions.

At this point, you might want to have a professional outdoor design landscaper assess your chosen space to discuss how much room you’ll have for eating areas, counter space, bar tops, and grills. A hardscape contractor will also help keep the aesthetics flow seamlessly with your landscaping.

Basic to Bold Outdoor Kitchen Designs

Before you get started on the actual building, you’ll want to consider a few more big picture items. First things first: how do you plan on using your outdoor space in Northern Colorado?

Knowing the intent behind your kitchen is key to customization. Based on whether you want something classic and simple or detailed and bold, you can narrow down your list of outdoor kitchen design elements:

Basic Boulder, CO outdoor kitchen design elements to include:

  • Grill (regular or two-sided)
  • Storage cabinets
  • Counter space
  • Sink

Upgrade your outdoor kitchen space with these additional features:

  • Warming drawers
  • Side burners
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Built-in cold beverage bin
  • Ice maker
  • Gas or patio heater (perfect for outdoor kitchens in Northern Colorado)
  • Smoker
  • Bar

Depending on what you like, it might work best to mix and match some of these basic and bold outdoor kitchen design ideas for a unique and custom space. However, you should make sure you have the necessary hookups required to run all the electric, water, and gas lines beforehand.

Let’s talk ventilation in your Northern Colorado outdoor kitchen design

If you’re wondering if ventilation is absolutely necessary – yes, it really is! Installing a vent hood above your grill will help you avoid discoloration and dangerous build-up.  So, the question isn’t whether or not to install ventilation, but how to approach the process.

Consider these features when you shop for a vent hood:

  • CFM rating (this determines how much air the vent hood is able to move – the higher, the better!)
  • Hood extension options
  • Noise level
  • User-friendly usage and maintenance

Keeping these elements in mind, you’ll be able to find a great vent hood for your outdoor space and minimize upkeep in the long run. After all, an outdoor kitchen in Boulder is meant to be enjoyed!

If you’re ready to get started on your own outdoor kitchen installation today, All Terrain Landscaping is happy to help. We’ve been transforming outdoor spaces for years and offer free consultations for all of our services. Give us a call to learn more: 970-500-5321.

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