What You Need to Know About Outdoor Kitchens

Posted June 15, 2023 in 3D Design, Blog, Decks, Design/Build, Furniture, General, outdoor appliances, Outdoor Kitchen, Videos

Having a well-laid-out outdoor kitchen can greatly improve your enjoyment of nature from the comfort of your own home. So, we get it can be tempting to hire the first contractor – or ambitious family member – you find, but if they lack the necessary knowledge, you may end up with a new outdoor kitchen that is not up to par with your lifestyle. To avoid this potential problem, it’s important to read these tips before beginning any construction on your new outdoor kitchen:

  • Choose the right design for your new outdoor kitchen 

If you can’t visualize the outcome of your outdoor kitchen project, you might not have sufficient storage or entertainment room, or the finished product could clash with your home’s character. This is why visualizing your finished space before you commence construction is essential. 3D visualization allows you to see the finished project before it’s even built. This can be extremely helpful in identifying the best layout for your new outdoor kitchen.

MasterPLAN’s design-first philosophy provides you with a clear view of exactly how your outdoor kitchen will look, allowing you to determine how its elements will integrate into your home. Through life-like, three-dimensional, full-color images, you can discern what appliances and storage solutions matter most and their proper locations, consider how your furniture will be arranged, and what materials will best complement your home’s design. This proven process will ensure that you never have to worry about added costs later down the line because you forgot to include important assets & features in your outdoor kitchen design.

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  • Carefully consider the details for your grill

Determining the perfect location and material for your grill in your Lehigh Valley outdoor kitchen is crucial. If you plan to use it frequently all year round, you will need to take accessibility into account, particularly during colder seasons. Additionally, take into account the type of cooking you like and whether a built-in or freestanding grill would be the best option for your backyard.

The Bartkavage Family faced the challenge of selecting the perfect location for their grill as part of their outdoor kitchen in the Lehigh Valley. They wanted a setup that would make cooking outside convenient and accessible during any season. By creating a 3D design, they were able to envision the transition from their first-floor home to the outdoor kitchen. With a location on the same level, the grill can be used for every occasion, even those chilly autumn and winter evenings. With their custom grill design, the Bartkavage Family can now fully enjoy their outdoor living space year-round so they get the best return on their investment!

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  • Plan ventilation for your outdoor grill space

Ventilation is not only key to keeping smoke and odors at bay but also aids in warding off any harmful fumes that may lead to a fire. Proper ventilation also keeps any grease away from your outdoor kitchen surfaces. Designing the perfect ventilation for your outdoor kitchen, however, can be a challenging task, especially if you’re unaware of your local zoning regulations.

At MasterPLAN, we have an in-depth understanding of local municipality requirements and are dedicated to helping you craft the perfect outdoor kitchen that adheres to your zoning regulations- ventilation included! By providing you with a detailed 3D design, you’ll be able to demonstrate your plans to the officials, thus making the project approval process easier and hassle-free.

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Are you looking to build a new outdoor kitchen in Royersford, Pennsylvania to enjoy a summer of meals outside, remodel and renovate your existing pool in the Lehigh Valley so your grandkids can enjoy it all summer, or build a custom outdoor living space that will create lasting memories? If so, then look no further. Because we understand the importance of getting value for your investment and don’t want you to have the hassle of coordinating with multiple crews or dealing with complicated plans, permits, or approvals. That’s why we are proud to partner with homeowners in the Lehigh Valley to help them avoid wasting time, money, and space when it comes to transforming their backyard into a custom outdoor living space.

Our award-winning design/build process ensures that all engineering, project management, contractor scheduling, inspections, permit applications, and other essential details for your new custom outdoor living space in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania are taken care of for you by experienced, reliable, & trustworthy professionals. You’ll never have to worry about communicating with your HOA or township either. So relax and watch your dream outdoor living space come alive as we handle all of the heavy lifting so that you can focus on planning how you will enjoy your new custom outdoor living space.

Here’s how you can get started today:

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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If you’re considering a custom outdoor living space, we have the perfect resource for you. For a limited time, download an exclusive copy of  “Your Guide to Building a Custom Outdoor Living Space,” and rest easy knowing you’re making the right investment in your home. With this tool, you can stop worrying and start creating the custom outdoor living space of your dreams today!

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