This article is about outdoor kitchen plans and design ideas. You might ask yourself why to invest money in an outdoor kitchen, if you already have one inside your house. We have built many outdoor kitchens, both with a traditional and modern designs, and we can say loudly that they are a good investment, especially if your family likes to spend their time in the backyard. In addition, we are strong supporter of brick pizza ovens, therefore we cannot conceive an outdoor kitchen without such a feature. Building the backyard kitchen is not easy but on the other hand neither difficult, if you know from the beginning what you want and plan in detail all the steps.
Generally speaking, you can choose from several designs, when planning your outdoor kitchen. On one hand, you can choose the build a traditional kitchen with stone contertops, a brick pizza oven and a cooking stove, or on the other hand you can design a island kitchen. In addition, you can build your backyard kitchen using concrete blocks, stone and bricks or you can purchase a mobile model, which can be stored in your garage and used when necessary.
You should take into consideration if building a roof is useful or not. In some cases, if you intend to use the outdoor kitchen regularly, the roof will protect you from the rain, while cooking. On the other hand, especially if you want to buy a mobile grill, the roof might be an expensive investment which won’t pay off eventually.
If you want an outdoor kitchen with a functional design, then you should install cabinets. On one hand, you can build a storage space under the counter-tops and add wooden shelves, or you could just buy cabinets made of wood resistant against water, moisture and heat. In addition, you should plan a space to keep your dishes and your cooking utensils. In order to build the storage space under the countertop, you could use concrete blocks or metal studs and drywall boards. The concrete blocks are more durable, while the drywall boards do not resist against water therefore you have to build a roof.
When preparing wood, the main priority should be your health. Subsequently, the countertop and the cabinets should be clean and proper to keep and prepare your food on them. Basically, that is the whole point of building an outdoor kitchen: to spend time with your family and friends in a nice environment, while cooking a great meal for them. Make sure you design a space for a small refrigerator, otherwise you will have issues with storing the meat in sanitary conditions. When laying the foundation of the pizza oven, you have to make sure the corners are right-angled, by using the well-known 3-4-5 rule. In addition measure the diagonals of each rectangle and make sure they are even.
In order to plan and design an outdoor kitchen, you need the following:
- concrete blocks
- construction wire
- wood forms
- bricks and fire bricks
- refractory cement and fire clay
- concrete mixer
- margin trowel
- construction bucket
- safety gloves and glasses
- choose the design of your outdoor kitchen according to your needs and tastes
- plan thoroughly your outdoor kitchen, before purchasing the materials
- several weeks, according to the complexity of your design plans
Outdoor kitchen foundation plans
Step 1: Lay the foundation of your outdoor kitchen. In order to get a proper layout, you have to use wire and several wooden stakes.
Step 2: Dig the foundation. The depth of the foundation varies according to the soil structure, but in most of the cases 2′ deep footing will do a great job for your outdoor kitchen. Make sure you deposit the ground far enough from the site, otherwise it might slip into the trenches.
Step 3: Build and install the formwork. You have to use wooden boards, several 2×4 and nails stakes to build your form. Next, install the form along the trenches, Making sure they are secured properly
Step 4: Use a level to make sure the form is horizontal on all sides. This aspect is essential, otherwise you won’t be able to pour the concrete foundation properly. Check again if the foundation trenches are straight and have a constant depth.
Step 5: Install the reinforcing structure. If you designed an outdoor kitchen with concrete clock base and a stone countertop, then you have to reinforce the foundation to support the weight. You might have to consult a qualified engineer, as the reinforcing structure varies according to the soil and according to the weight it has to support. Tie the reinforcing bars with construction wire and place then inside the foundation trenches. Use a level to make sure the whole structure is perfectly level.
Step 6: Pour the concrete foundation. You can mix the concrete by yourself, using a concrete mixer and transport in with a wheelbarrow, or you can get it from your local concrete company. As it is a small quantity, it might be cheaper to mix it by yourself.
Step 7: Remove the form. Leave the concrete foundation to dry for several days before removing the formwork. If you have fastened the wooden boards with screws rather than nails, the job would be easier.
Outdoor kitchen plans free
Step 1: Build the base of the outdoor kitchen. We usually use concrete blocks to create the base of the kitchen, but you can choose other materials as well (drywall, stone).
Step 2: Build the cooking stove. Use bricks and fire bricks to build the walls, as the concrete blocks won’t resist the heat developed by the burning woods. If you don’t need the stove, you can build a cabinet in its place.
Step 3: Build the form for the counter-top. Use 2×4 wooden boards and install a basic form, supported by 4×4 posts. Next install the side 2×5 wooden boards and secure them with screws. Use a level to make sure form is horizontal.
Step 4: Install a plastic foil over the 2×4 boards, as to prevent the concrete from slipping through the boards.
Step 5: Build the reinforcing structure for the concrete countertop. If you want to build a concrete countertop, you have to install a reinforcing structure as you can see in the image. You should notice the rabars are placed every 4”.
Tile the rebars with construction wire and place spacers under the reinforcing structures as to rise it around 2”, on the whole surface. Use safety gloves as to protect your skin.
Step 6: Pour concrete in the form. Taking into consideration you need a relatively small volume of concrete, we recommend you to mix it with a power mixer. Then level the concrete contertop with a straight edge along the side wooden boards.
Step 7: Install stone or granite on the concrete counter-top. The possibilities of decorating the counter-top are unlimited, so it all depends on your tastes and budget.
Step 8: Build the brick pizza oven. As we have already said, building a brick oven is a good idea, especially if you like the taste of home made pizza and bread. In addition, the cost of a brick oven shouldn’t be greater than 200 dollars, if you do it by yourself.
Step 9: Build the chimney for the pizza oven and for the cooking stove. You could decrease costs by laying the bricks on stretcher.
You might think that we haven’t actually built an outdoor kitchen with a traditional design. On the contrary, most of our project were about outdoor kitchens with a brick pizza oven and with a wood-fired cooking stove.
Strange as it might seem, these plans were more successful as compared to outdoor kitchens with a modern design. Maybe a traditional design encompasses the essence of an outdoor kitchen or maybe more and more people appreciate the ancient values and lifestyle.
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