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Get Started on an Outdoor Kitchen

This spacious outdoor kitchen is simply designed for functionality and entertaining. The secrets include a decomposed granite floor and a multi-function grill.

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  • Time

    Several Weekends

  • Price Range

    $5,000 - $10,000

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Prepare

Some prep work is required before starting this project. First, it's necessary to shop around for the grill. By purchasing it in advance, the grill can be delivered before the project is started. Also, depending on the type of grill selected, it may be necessary to include gas and/or electric hookups in the project. The next bit of preparation needed is removal of any sod in the room space. Then rake and grade the soil so it's level.

Step 2: Measure the Space

Measure out the space for the kitchen and adjoining garden. This space is designed to be a series of arcs with the largest arc being the kitchen area, which is placed at the edge of the home. Measure out 15' from the starting point, and start the arcs 2' after that (Image 1). Mark the 15' line with paint, chalk or flour for reference (Image 2). Tie off a string in the center at the starting point, and use the string as an easy guide to make a neat clean radius (Image 3).

Step 3: Install Redwood Edging

Beyond the cooking area will be planting beds for vegetables, fruit and herbs (Image 1). These are defined with edging, so trenches are dug for the edging. Redwood bender boards are used for the edging, since they are flexible enough to conform to the arc design, and they don't deteriorate as quickly as some edgings. Some plastic edgings are too crumbly or too stiff to bend, and wooden edgings can also be too rigid to use with a curved design. Not only is the redwood edging flexible (Image 2), but since it will set up approximately an inch above the ground, it will create a nice edge for the plant beds (Image 3). Tip: If you choose not to use redwood or cedar edging, make sure the material that is used has been weather treated.

Step 4: Add the Decomposed Granite

Decomposed granite is used as a surfacing material for the kitchen area. It is a great choice for a surfacing material because it compacts firmly in place while being porous enough to allow water to pass through. And, if there are any grease spatters or spills from the grill, you don't have to worry about slick walkways. After the decomposed granite is in place (Image 1), it will need a good misting from a garden hose to help remove air pockets. Don't soak it, just mist it, and then go over it with a sod roller to firmly compact it in place (Image 2).

Step 5: Set up the Grill

The grill (Image 1) is set up at the back of the cooking area, close to the house. This grill has multiple cooking areas (Images 2 and 3) for both direct and indirect heat, making it ideal for a variety of cooking requirements. Tip: When setting up a grill, it should be accessible and close to the house but off to the side, since you won't be using it every day. Also, make sure it is located in an area where smoke and noise won't bother your neighbors.