For those who love cooking and spending time in their backyard, an outdoor kitchen in Jackson, MS is the perfect addition to a home. Everyone knows summers are for firing up the grill and cooking delicious meals outside, but by installing a well-planned outdoor kitchen you can be cooking outside all year long. Before you go to the hardware store and buy all the materials to construct a kitchen, consider several factors.
You need to have a general idea of who you’ll be entertaining in your new outdoor kitchen area in order to plan the layout. If you have small children who will be running around, you’ll need to have a spot for knives and other sharp objects high above the ground. Sharp edges on counters and appliances are also a major hazard for children who may bump their heads. Think about that when constructing your outdoor kitchen in Jackson, MS.
While children are prone to hitting their heads, elderly people are at risk of falling and breaking a bone. If you think you’ll entertain older people during cookouts, make sure the ground and flooring will be safe and easy for them to walk on. Any bump in the flooring is a hazard for the elderly. If the outdoor kitchen will have multiple levels, think about adding a handrail next to the steps.
What are you planning on doing with your outdoor kitchen? Will it just be a space for a grill, or will it be a full kitchen with all the amenities you’d find in an inside kitchen? Obviously a full kitchen is going to need more space, so make sure you’ll have enough room (and money) to complete a full kitchen project.
In addition to what kind of kitchen it’ll be, think about what kind of food you plan on serving. If you’re just planning on grilling hot dogs and burgers, you probably don’t need to spend a ton of money on a full kitchen. But if you want to make side dishes, plan ahead to have enough space in the outdoor kitchen to place the serving trays.
Location is key to planning any project, especially one that’ll be outside. Just like knowing what you’ll be doing with the kitchen, you need to plan where you’ll be doing it. If your outdoor kitchen is going to be near your house, you’ll want to ensure that the grill is far enough away from the eave that it won’t catch your house on fire when you’re cooking. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire (and vice versa). The last thing you want is smoke from your grill to waft into your house and stink up your furniture. Try to have a general idea of what direction the wind blows around your house and plan your location accordingly.
Going back to who’s attending the party, consider where the kitchen will be before buying flooring materials. If your kitchen will be near a pool, make sure you install flooring that will be safe when the floor gets wet.
If you’re ready to transform your back yard and install an outdoor kitchen, call us today at 601-977-9300!