Other features, like lighting and storage, are important to consider when designing an outdoor kitchen island. Adequate lighting is especially important to food preparation and cooking during get-togethers that occur at night. If extra seating is a viable option with your outdoor kitchen island, then be sure to pick stools that are made from weather-resistant materials.
Whether you go prefab or completely custom, you may want to consult a contractor for things that include plumbing, electrical or gas lines. The location of things like a grill, appliances and a sink will make a difference in your design and budget. A contractor can help you get the most from your budget by positioning your outdoor kitchen for easy access to utilities. Also consider your four walls and ceiling (or lack thereof). If your design includes a grill or cooktop, make sure you have proper ventilation above. Lighting is another important element that may require electrical work and fixtures, which will affect their positioning.
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