6 Features You Need in Your New Outdoor Kitchen

Posted August 4, 2022 in 3D Design, Attached Roof System, Blog, Design/Build, Furniture, General, Outdoor Kitchen, Outdoor Technology, Videos

When it’s nice outside most homeowners might find transporting condiments, drinks, and appetizers outdoors to be a hassle. Navigating doors, steps, and other barriers could cause many safety issues if you’re not careful. But, if you properly plan your layout, appliances, and furniture you could have a new outdoor kitchen that includes all the comfort, attractions, and conveniences of an indoor kitchen.

Keep reading to learn the 6 must-have features you need to consider when building a new outdoor kitchen in Northampton County, Pennsylvania:

  • Add a grill to your new outdoor kitchen

A grill is an essential part of your new outdoor kitchen in Northampton County. But, when planning a new outdoor kitchen, you don’t want to put your grill in the wrong location that will leave the chef unable to chat during the party, and you don’t want your guests to be inhaling all the smoke from the preparation.

When planning your new outdoor kitchen in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, make sure your grilling space is located a safe distance away from doors and entryways. This will prevent any potential hazards. You will also want to make sure the natural flow of the wind will carry the smoke away from your home, dining areas, and relaxation areas.

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  • Add a hot and cold water sink to your new outdoor kitchen 

A sink can make your new outdoor kitchen more functional, practical, and convenient. Adding a sink to your new outdoor kitchen will keep the chef’s hand clean and eliminates the need for your guests to track inside for pre-dinner handwashing and post-dinner scrubbing of sticky hands and faces that might have enjoyed too many ribs, ice-cream sandwiches, or smores!

We understand you’re excited about using your new outdoor kitchen, so it’s important to make sure that your hot/cold/waste water is connected to the main house.

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  • Add a fridge to your new outdoor kitchen

Without a fridge in your new outdoor kitchen, you’ll still be running back inside for drinks, ingredients, condiments, and more. This is why you should consider adding a fridge to your new outdoor kitchen.

But when selecting a fridge for your new outdoor kitchen be sure it is a 304-food grade stainless-steel or higher fridge so it is resistant to the temperature changes and weather it will have to endure in a new outdoor kitchen. Anything below a 304-food grade will be more susceptible to rain, snow, heat, or debris that will occur in your new outdoor kitchen.

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  • Add a dishwasher to your new outdoor kitchen

Outdoor Dishwashers are different from the standard dishwasher you would install inside the home. Like outdoor refrigerators, they are specifically designed to hold up rain, snow, heat, or debris that will occur in your new outdoor kitchen. If it isn’t outdoor rated, you could even void its warranty.

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  • Add extra seating to your new outdoor kitchen

Just as guests congregate in the indoor kitchen, they’ll gather around the grill outside in your new outdoor kitchen. So, you will want to make sure everyone has a place to go without crowding the chef and cooking zone!

Before you build a new outdoor kitchen, think about how many people will want to be cooking or prepping food at the same time. This will help you design an outdoor kitchen that will feature space that people can move around easily. Ideally, you want your new outdoor kitchen to be large enough to be comfortable but not so large that it isn’t efficient. A custom 3D Design video can help you visualize exactly how your new outdoor kitchen will look and help you feel how you will utilize the layout so you are never left guessing when it comes to planning the layout of your new outdoor kitchen.

  • Add comfort features to your new outdoor kitchen

Building a new outdoor kitchen in the Lehigh Valley can be an expensive investment. This is why you can’t afford to make mistakes like building a new outdoor kitchen that lacks important features to keep you comfortable no matter the weather predictions.

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 help optimize every feature and ensure your new outdoor kitchen adds the most value to your home.

Who Should You Hire to Build an Outdoor Living Space? →

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 and all 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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