What can be better than cooking outside on a sunny day? The whole family can enjoy fresh air while you cook and prepare meals.
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, enhancing your property’s look and value!
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 spaces, can be a cookout central one day and a garden hub the next. Acquiring a portable grill, fitted with heavy cast-iron or stainless-steel grates and an easy-to-clean grease trap would be the first step. We also recommend good lighting to be able to enjoy your outdoor kitchen during the day or night. This can be achieved by buying a clip-on grill light or a patio integrated lamp post.
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.
Custom – a built-in-place kitchen can be crafted by handy homeowner or by a pro.
Since its 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 even pergola-style roof!
You don’t need to worry about installation of plumbing and electricity with movable kitchens, but its a different story with built-in kitchens. 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)
- Get permits
- Gather materials
- Run utility lines
- Install hardscaping
- Buy appliances
- Add built-ins
- 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 small, budget-friendly spaces and one cook.
Configuration: L-Shape -Good for two cooks. Normally includes extras, such a sink or refrigerator and, 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 islands are great as entertainment hubs and 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 – Have cold drink feet away or some of the ingredients in a hand-reach distance for convenience.
Dedicated gas line: If you have natural gas, you can run a line from the house to not struggle with a propane tank or run out of fuel during a BBQ. Transblue has professionals to accomplish this delicate task.