The amount of time it takes to build your ideal outdoor kitchen is dependent on how elaborate your design is. Start planning early, and be patient. If you want your outdoor space to be a well-functioning, durable asset, refuse to let your impatience dictate or compromise the quality and/or functionality of your outdoor kitchen.
Here are some tips you can use to efficiently get your ideal outdoor kitchen ready within your timeframe!
The success of your outdoor kitchen build is all in the prep! On average, outdoor kitchens can take anywhere from 3 weeks to 4 months (or more) to complete. To be sure your space is ready when you need it, it’s best to start the process as soon as you’ve made the decision to commit to the project.
Make seasonality work for you
Florida’s hot and often unpredictable rainy summers can make it difficult to stay on schedule. Not to mention, many contractors reach their peak business during this season. So, if you can schedule the installation of your outdoor kitchen during the Fall or Winter months, you may be able to save time…and maybe even a little money. Doing this will put you in a better position with contractors and Mother Nature.
Use your time wisely
It can take several weeks to gather materials needed to start or complete your outdoor kitchen. So while this is in progress, make sure you and your contractor are communicating and continue to work on other areas such as calling the electrician to run utility lines and ordering your appliances.
Make time-saving product choices
If you’re under a time crunch (or just letting your impatience get the best of you) here are some ideas you may consider to save time and money:
- Pre-fab vs. Custom outdoor kitchen island/ cabinets. Prefab islands and cabinets are already manufactured, come in a variety of styles and will allow you to have your first outdoor gathering on delivery day, if you so choose. They are an excellent solution for people seeking stylish convenience — and some towns don’t require a permit for these type of grill islands.
- Go with a propane grill. If you choose a grill that relies on a gas line, it will inevitably put a bigger strain on your timeline (and budget) vs. a grill that runs on a propane tank. If you don’t mind replacing your tank every once in a while, you can save yourself a lot of time, money and effort.
- Portable kitchens with rolling grills. This option is for people who don’t want to bother with permits or tax hikes. All you’ll need is an extension cord for electricity!
Educate yourself on local zoning codes
Before you decide on a design for your outdoor kitchen, it’s always wise to make sure you understand your local zoning codes. If you aren’t able to pour concrete over a certain area for drainage reasons, wouldn’t it be better to know that before breaking ground?
Submit for permitting early on
As soon as you know what your design plan is, apply for any necessary permits—whether it is for building, electrical or plumbing!