Story by Micaela Arnett / November 17, 2022

According to real estate agents, an outdoor kitchen is at the top of the wish list for many home buyers. Increase your home’s resale value and elevate your outdoor living space with these pro-planning tips.

Photography by Ebony Ellis | Countertops by Universal Marble and Granite

Make Your Plan

Outdoor kitchens aren’t confined by four walls like indoor kitchens. Make sure you research your local building guidelines and apply for a building permit if needed. Some areas require your kitchen to sit a certain distance away from the rest of your home for safety. 

Photography by Patrick Brickman | Designed by Crosby Creations Home Designs 

Photography by Patrick Brickman | Designed by Crosby Creations Home Designs 

Hide Infrastructure

Sound systems, gas lines, and water drainage should be installed as early in the process as possible. 

Photography by Patrick Brickman

Consider the Elements 

Synthetic wood planks like Polywood are an ideal material to use when building an outdoor kitchen. It is easy to maintain with a broom and a hose and won’t deteriorate in harsh weather conditions. 

Photography by Patrick Brickman | Built by Kalman Construction

Be Realistic 

What you use in your indoor kitchen will extend to your outdoor kitchen. Now is not the time to invest in state-of-the-art appliances that you haven’t used before. 

Photography by Ebony Ellis | Design Plan by Hayes + Nash Design Co. | Accessories by The Shanty Shoppe

Raise a Roof

A retreat away from the sun or rain is made possible by adding some sort of overhead coverage and will allow you to use your outdoor kitchen no matter the weather. 

Photography by Ebony Ellis 

Smart Storage

Be sure to implement storage solutions into your outdoor kitchen plans. Many grills have metal cabinetry options that can be built around them for weatherproofed storage and convenience. 

Photography by Ebony Ellis

 House Beautiful: The 2022 Kitchen Issue

Get inspired by local kitchen projects below!