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Outdoor Kitchen Singapore: 5 Important Tips To Create

Most people will be staying in an HDB in Singapore, and it is not very possible to have an outdoor kitchen of your own. But what if you have your own landed house and enough space to have one? Especially if you love socializing, an outdoor kitchen is definitely a place you want. 

Outdoor cooking is not limited to barbecuing or grilling. What you cook in your indoor kitchen can also be cooked outside. Modern kitchens are now designed with high-tech appliances and sophisticated components for easy use. You can have a luxurious space to enjoy your outdoor lifestyle. 

But before planning your outdoor kitchen, consider some of the following tips, especially if you don’t know where to start. It can help you to create an outdoor kitchen project smoothly.

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1. Research Outdoor Kitchen Types

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First, you’ll want to determine which outdoor cooking center is the best for your home. Could you decide based on your budget, lifestyle, and space? Besides the basic kitchen appliances, you can include other appliances, such as a barbecue pit, grill, or even an outdoor bar. You can design as you would like and get creative on what you want to include in your outdoor kitchen. 

You will want to decide whether you want a fully functional kitchen or a simple setup. You can choose from there what you need for your outdoor kitchen. With an extra budget, you can get more luxury with the design. But remember not too complicated since it will be in nature.  

2. Access The Available Space For Your Outdoor Kitchen

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If you have a lot of space outdoors, you should ensure that you don’t have to walk too far from your house to your outdoor kitchen. But most landed properties have limited space, so you have fewer choices for your location for your outdoor kitchen area. But still, a small outdoor kitchen can have plenty of options for your kitchen appliance, plumbing, and countertop

You will want to measure the space where your outdoor kitchen will be located and determine which kitchen appliance you need. Please ensure that there is enough space for all of it in your list, or you will have to leave out some that are least important. 

3. Understand Your Preferred Cooking Styles For Your Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor Kitchen Singapore: 5 Important Tips To Create

Your preferred cooking style and method of cooking will determine how you will want to set up your outdoor kitchen. Consider if you just want to do some simple cooking outdoors or you want to include barbecuing. Or do you love baking and need a baking oven?

You can include anything in an outdoor kitchen, including gas, electric, and charcoal grill, to various ovens, griddles, and stoves. It is important for you to decide where you want to prepare the food. Indoor or outdoor? If all your preparation is done in your outdoor kitchen, you will likely save some budget for a counter and sink. 

When designing your outdoor kitchen, you must consider the number of people you will be cooking for. Ensure that your outdoor kitchen can handle the preparation and cooking as accommodating guests. Make necessary adjustments for your large appliances or seating areas. 

4. Choose The Right Outdoor Kitchen Materials

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As you will be facing issues with the weather outdoors, you will need to look for building materials that are used for the exterior of your home, such as concrete, brick, or stucco, or any details that should be made of tile or metal. 

Many materials can look attractive, but when it comes to an outdoor kitchen, these materials must be durable when used in an outdoor kitchen. It should be able to cope with the weather changes. 

Besides the appearance that you need to consider, budget is another factor you need to consider, as well as the availability of materials, the size, and the scope of your project. Labor costs will influence the overall price, and if you have any special installations, it will also affect your budget. 

5. Should You Get Permanent and Portable Options

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If you are planning to live for decades in that house, there’s no big problem with choosing a permanent solution. But what if you are renting the place or you are planning to move within the next few years? If so, it is best to equip your outdoor kitchen with portable appliances. For example, get a portable oven instead of a built-in oven. 

If you don’t intend to move, it can be a good idea for you to design and build from scratch. Determine the location for your outdoor kitchen, and go through materials that can coordinate with your home’s exterior. Get help from professionals if needed.

It can be quite a big project to create an outdoor kitchen. You need to consider many considerations as you start from scratch. All these tips will make it easier for you to decide. 

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