What can be better than cooking outside on a sunny day? All family can enjoy fresh air and you won't be stuck in a kitchen inside the house.
Transblue can help you to build an amazing outdoor kitchen that will meet all your needs and desires. Transblue is an expert in landscape construction and can enhance your property like no one else.
Whether you covet a grill and food-preparation station on wheel or built-in BBQ island with fridge and bar seating, we are here to help.
Outdoor kitchen design has unlimited number of options, colors and shapes, but there are 3 general types:
Movable – a smart choice for small places, which can be a cookout central one day and a garden hub the next. Easy start is to acquire a portable grill, fitted with heavy cast-iron or stainless-steel grates and an easy-to-clean grease trap. For the storage and counter space, you can use a rolling card with some shelves – easy and working great! It is a good idea to have a good lighting or a clip-on-grill light, so you can cook perfectly cooked meat even when it is dark outside, and you are having a late evening party! Cost: $300 - $3,000
Prefab – all in-one option which works great for a bigger space (and is more expensive). The typical setup includes a 5-foot island with tile counter, drop-in gas grill and doors to access a propane tank. In addition, you can get extra features, like granite counters, a refrigerator and/or LED lighting.
Cost: $2,000 - $30,000
Custom – a built-in-place kitchen can be crafted by handy homeowner or by a pro. Since it is a custom built, you can include any features that you desire, create own shapes and colors. A larger layout, extensive lightning, a lot of storage space, in-ground utilities and pergola-style roof are amazing to have, but also raise the price.
Cost: $3,000 - $50,000
You don’t need much additional things for the movable kitchens, but for built-in ones you should remember about plumbing and electric work. Most likely those will require a pro to make it usable and safe. Here is a check-list to-do:
- Hire a contractor (if needed)
2. Get permits
3. Gather materials
4. Run utility lines
5. Install hardscaping
6. Buy appliances
7. Add built-ins
8. Hook up lighting
Designer's Cheat Sheet
To create a good-looking and efficient kitchen, follow these rules of thumb:
Configuration: Along One Wall -Is good for a small, budget-friendly spaces and one cook.
Configuration: L-Shape -Is good for two cooks. Normally includes extras, such a sink or refrigerator, providing some seating area for entertaining.
Configuration: U-Shape - big kitchen with multiple appliances, including a grill, refrigerator, sink and a seating area.
Configuration: Island - Kitchen island is an entertaining hub for socializing
No-Hustle Materials: Built-in Base
Why: Mortared to a wood, concrete-block, or precast-concrete frame, it looks like and lasts as long as natural stone but is simpler to DIY because it's lightweight and easy to cut.
Why: Affordable and a cinch to maintain. Requires careful prep, and you may have to cut bricks to fit. But if you've got basic masonry skills, it's a good weekend project.
Why: Troweled onto a wood, concrete-block, or precast-concrete frame, it's a hard-wearing and flameproof finish that comes in colors.
No-Hustle Materials: cabinetry
Why: It's durable and weatherproof and matches the grill.
Why: Has the charm of painted wood, but won't rot and is maintenance-free—just hose it down to clean it.
Why: Offers a warm, classic look. Must be finished annually with a clear sealer.
Plumbing - It is not necessary to have a water feature at your cooking station, but certainly it makes cooking more enjoyable.
Refrigerator – nice to have cold drink or some of the ingredients in a hand-reach distance is very convenient, you can’t argue with that. Tack on $600 to the cost of a $300 fridge for a new in-ground electrical line to power it.
Dedicated gas line: If you have natural gas, run a line from the house so as not to struggle with a propane tank or run out of fuel during a BBQ; $300 to $900, depending on the distance to the grill.