3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Build an Outdoor Kitchen

Posted July 29, 2021 in 3D Design, Attached Roof System, Blog, Design/Build, Events, Outdoor Kitchen

The luxury of an outdoor kitchen sounds very appealing to most homeowners. Preparing a meal for family and friends on a gorgeous summer day can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors while creating lasting memories together. The problem is that if you only use your outdoor kitchen a few times a year, you probably won’t see a great return on your investment.

Unfortunately, most contractors are going to build exactly what you ask for without taking the time to ask the right questions that will help them learn exactly how you will want to use your new space. This could leave you with an outdoor kitchen in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania that doesn’t have enough counter space, has all the wrong appliances, or can’t accommodate seating for your entire family!

We think you deserve to get the best return on your investment. This is why we are sharing 3 questions you need to ask yourself before building an outdoor kitchen in the Lehigh Valley:

  • How do you intend to use your new outdoor kitchen?

If you are planning to prepare gourmet meals outdoors frequently, you will probably need a refrigerator to keep key ingredients chilled, plenty of counter space for preparing the main course and side dishes, and open space to accommodate the family and friends who will join you in enjoying your home-cooked meal. However, if you prefer to prepare simple meals outdoors, perhaps a natural gas grill, roll-out trash receptacle, storage drawers, cabinets, and having plenty of counter space will be the better option for your new outdoor kitchen space in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

When the Hannagan family was looking to transform their backyard they initially thought a new outdoor kitchen in Easton, Pennsylvania,  would be the best option. After seeing exactly what the custom outdoor kitchen would look like, they quickly realized they didn’t need an outdoor sink with hot and cold water, a refrigerator, and a large grill top. This design-first approach saved the Hannagan family time by showing them exactly what their backyard could look like and our Love your design Guarantee allowed them to modify their custom outdoor kitchen design without any hidden fees!

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  • What appliances will you need in your outdoor kitchen?

A built-in cocktail station, wine refrigerator, or kegerator could amplify your outdoor entertainment space, but if you never use them these large appliances could just take up valuable space in your new outdoor kitchen in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, some contractors will recommend outdoor appliances that sound cool, increase the bill, or provide kickbacks to their company. This could leave you with appliances that bring zero value to your space.

We believe that your space should be beautiful, comfortable, and most of all functional. This is why we will never include outdoor appliances that we know you will not use! Our proven design method allows us to understand your lifestyle and goals for your new outdoor kitchen in the Lehigh Valley. This ensures that we build an outdoor kitchen that you want to engage with and are proud to show off.

  • How many people will you host in your outdoor kitchen?

No one likes feeling cramped under a roof structure to escape the heat of the summer sun and sitting on the edge of a patio with half of your chair leg in the grass is beyond uncomfortable. To make sure your new outdoor kitchen in Center Valley, Pennsylvania is comfortable you need to consider how many people you typically entertain. Will your new outdoor kitchen serve as a casual gathering place, a place to wind down after a long day, or the setting of elegant dinner parties.

If you don’t feel comfortable in your space, you and your family will not see a return on your investment. This is why we place your comfort as the highest priority throughout the entire design process. We will ask questions about your family, friends, and lifestyle to fully understand how you wish to engage with your new outdoor living space so we can optimize every feature.

Designing and building a new outdoor living space should be an exciting experience, but we get that you don’t want to work with a contractor that will waste your money and you don’t want to get stuck wasting your valuable time managing multiple crews, contracts, permit applications, and other important details.  You are not alone!

At MasterPLAN, we have partnered with hundreds of homeowners – just like you – to eliminate the stress and hassle when transforming your backyard into an outdoor living space in the Lehigh Valley.  We make your unique journey stress-free by using our award-winning design/build process to handle all communication with your HOA and township, develop your plans, obtain your building permits, manage any engineering, schedule your inspections and so much more!

Here’s how to do it:

Call: Schedule your meeting!

Collaborate: Create your perfect plan!

Construction: With an approved design, construction starts!

Celebrate: Raise a toast to your transformed home and the new life that comes from it!


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In the meantime, download your exclusive copy of the Top 5 Design Secrets your Contractor Doesn’t Know. So you can stop fearing that you will make the wrong decisions about your new outdoor living space and instead be confident when selecting the right firm to help transform your backyard into the outdoor living space you always dreamed of!

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