Outdoor Kitchen Design Ideas – Considerations Before Your Outdoor Kitchen Build

Before you Build your Outdoor Kitchen

Dallas White & Silver Travertine - Outdoor Kitchen Construction by Elegant Outdoor Kitchens of Fort Myers, Florida

Dallas White & Silver Travertine – Outdoor Kitchen Construction by Elegant Outdoor Kitchens of Fort Myers, Florida

When considering a design for your custom outdoor kitchen area and living space, it’s as much about performance as it is about style and aesthetics. Before committing to a design, there are few questions you might want to take into consideration. To get what you want out of an outdoor kitchen build, you must first understand what you want to achieve, and what you have to work with.

There are quite a few options in the outdoor kitchen construction industry. Over the years it has evolved drastically into a type of sub-class in construction. All throughout America there are both contractors and manufacturers devoted to building the best outdoor kitchen islands and cooking components. Cooking components like high performance grills, pizza ovens, and beautiful stainless-steel doors & drawers. These outdoor kitchen upgrades are so popular today that home developers are now pre-installing both natural gas and water lines into lanais. Making it that much easier to add-on and build an outdoor living space. A quick search on the web will result in a plethora of custom outdoor kitchen construction photos.

Elegant Outdoor Kitchens has included the questionnaire below as an exercise in planning and development for your project. We’ve also included a downloadable version at the bottom of the article. If you can take the time to answer these question, you’ll be that much closer to getting the outdoor kitchen you want and need for your home.

Considerations Before You Start Your Outdoor kitchen Design & Build

Will you be hosting parties, or the occasional intimate family gathering?


Will you need refrigeration, natural gas, or running water?


Do you have the proper water and/or gas lines running to your outdoor living area? If not, have you inquired about an estimate?


What type of fuel will your primary cooking components use? Natural Gas, Propane, Charcoal, Wood or a multi-fuel outdoor cooking appliance?


Will you also dine outside? If so, will your dining area be built-in to the outdoor kitchen island?


What style of cooking are you interested in? Grilling, Baking, Smoking or a combination of cooking styles?


What type of material finishes are you planning on using? Have you considered how the material will fair in the SWFL climate?


Have you considered both functional storage and trash storage? Does it matter?


What design configuration or island layout works best for your outdoor space?


What’s your overall project budget?


Have you spoke with a professional design consultant yet?

Outdoor Kitchen Design Ideas – Considerations Questionnaire PDF

The above questionnaire is a great place to start conceptually thinking about your outdoor living area. We’ve provided it as a free download too. Elegant Outdoor Kitchens of Fort Myers, Florida is a reputable and professional outdoor kitchen contractor. So, we understand what goes into an outdoor kitchen build, as well as what you should start to consider. Hopefully, this will help you turn your thought process into an actual plan. Let’s start building!

If you haven’t been consulted by a professional builder yet, please give us a call. We’ll help you design the outdoor living area you’ve always wanted. Call Elegant Outdoor Kitchens today!