Texans are spending more time outdoors, cooking and relaxing– making outdoor kitchens and cabanas a fast growing trend. Investing in backyard enhancements has grown nearly 400% in the last decade.
Outdoor kitchens and cabanas will add style and comfort to your backyard while adding extra space for family and friends to unwind and relax. We provide custom designs built to your specifications, with high-quality workmanship. Entertaining friends outdoors is the perfect solution– especially when all of the comforts of home have been brought outdoors if you have limited indoor space!
Designed correctly, your outdoor space can be used year round. Importantly, our home outdoor experts will create a plan that considers your electric, gas and plumbing requirements; materials that will survive the summer heat and humidity; and the proper positioning of structures to ensure maximum shade and rain protection. In addition, our designers can work with you to seamlessly integrate your outdoor kitchen or cabana with an existing hot tub, swimming pool or wood deck.
Outdoor kitchens and cabanas can be elaborate or simple. Once we have an approved plan, we will go to work to complete your project as quickly as possible – so that you can begin enjoying your new outdoor kitchen or cabana as soon as possible!
Your 2018 Outdoor Kitchen Checklist
An outdoor kitchen helps you maximize the resale value of your home and adds another entertainment room to your residence.
An outdoor kitchen can have a sink, a refrigerator, a wet bar, as well as a fireplace or wood-fired pizza oven. The grill is still the central focus of an outdoor cooking space, but today it is likely to have special features, including side burners, a warming shelf, a roasting spit or a smoker. Here are a few tips for designing an outdoor kitchen.
Access from your outdoor kitchen to your indoor kitchen should be easy, since you are likely to be carrying food and supplies between both areas.
You may want to consider the placement of the outdoor kitchen to ensure that you can take advantage of your home’s gas, electrical, and plumbing lines. The cost of running new lines may be high.
Lighting should be designed to brighten key activity areas. All lighting should be approved for the outdoors.
Don’t go overboard trying to save money the grill, your outdoor kitchen’s centerpiece. While staying within your budget, make sure you select a quality grill that will last.
You may wish to add some storage space for barbecue supplies.
Countertops are essential! Prepare for the different needs you have, such as chopping vegetables, preparing pizza dough (if you have a pizza oven), and serving cooked food.
Other options you may want to consider are an under-counter refrigerator, a wine cooler, an ice maker, and warming drawers. Make sure all appliances are UL-approved and plug into GFCI outlets.
Wood-fired pizza ovens are a delightful trend in outdoor kitchens. These could be built on-site using fire-resistant brick and mortar, or they can be built from a kit that includes manufactured masonry shell and other materials like insulation.
Let our DMJ team work with in building your outdoor kitchen with all-weather materials that can be easily cleaned and will hold up in our extreme climate. In dry climates, weather resistant woods like teak and cedar can be used for cabinetry.
The layout should let the cook move effortlessly between the grill, counter space and other appliances. A house absorbs heat during the day and radiates it back out in the evening, toward your backyard. If you’re positioning the kitchen against or near the house, you may want to place it along a north-facing wall, which will be a cooler spot.
Zoning laws may restrict size and location, and fire codes often dictate clearance requirements between a combustible surface and an open flame. You may need to obtain a permit to build.
Propane-fired heaters may be included in order to keep an outdoor dining area comfortable in cooler weather, and outdoor-rated ceiling fans can help keep things cool during the summer season.
The old adage is true: “If you will build it, and they will come!” Contact DMJ for your free consultation.