Homeowners are investing more money into their properties these days. Though many focus on adding onto their homes, renovating their attics and basements, or improving their landscaping, some are taking matters to an entirely different level. They’re taking measures to make their outdoor spaces more useful and enjoyable. For quite a few homeowners, that means adding an outdoor kitchen over a composite ultradeck. Doing so gives them ample ways to enjoy their properties and plenty of excuses to escape the confines of their actual houses.

Looking at Your Options for Outdoor Kitchens

These days, companies like RTA Outdoor Living offer a range of options for outdoor kitchens. They have numerous layouts to choose from, an array of appliances and fixtures, and entire lineups of additional accessories to make outdoor kitchens more fun and functional than ever before. Keep in mind that the customization options are virtually limitless as well. That means you can add an outdoor kitchen to your wood deck and transform it into the space of your dreams. No matter what your family’s outdoor living and dining preferences may be, you can design a deck and kitchen to match.

Exploring Some of the Possibilities

Some homeowners choose to keep their outdoor kitchens on the smaller end of the spectrum. They simply add a nice grill, smoker, and a dining area and leave it at that. Others feel that if you’re not going to go all out, there’s no reason to take on a project like this at all. They go so far as to incorporate pizza ovens, full-size refrigerators, fully-equipped bars, gas ovens and ranges, and an endless list of other features to their kitchens. Those are only a few of the choices at your disposal.

A Few Points to Keep in Mind

When you ask homeowners who currently have outdoor kitchens about their experiences, almost all of them are thrilled with their decisions to make investments like these. Of course, hindsight is 20/20. Looking back, many wish they hadn’t overlooked certain features that would’ve served them well.

One of their biggest regrets is failing to add more counter space to their setups. Not incorporating more storage space is also a common regret. Additionally, several wish they’d had a fully functional sink built into their outdoor kitchens rather than leaving out a sink altogether or only having their sinks connected to a cold water supply. It’s only fair to mention that many regret not having an outdoor dishwasher installed as well. Some also note that they should’ve added infrared heaters or a fire pit to the mix so they could enjoy their kitchens even when the temperatures start to drop.

Ensuring Your Outdoor Kitchen Meets Your Expectations

It’s safe to say that investing in an outdoor kitchen offers numerous benefits, not the least of which are adding value to your property and more ways to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family. Considering the many designs, appliance, and accessory choices, you can certainly have your outdoor space built to your liking. Think about how much use you’d like to get out of the space and whether you want it to be a year-round option as well. Covering these bases will help ensure your kitchen meets all your expectations so you can make the most of the investment.

Matthew Jones

Matthew Jones, a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Landscape Architecture, has been an authority on decking design and materials for over 9 years. He joined our team as a freelancer in 2019, sharing his expertise in sustainable decking solutions, outdoor aesthetics, and functional design. He has provided insights into deck construction, material longevity, and safety standards. Matthew's prior roles include working with architectural firms on residential outdoor projects. He is an avid birdwatcher and enjoys participating in local environmental conservation efforts.

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