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Ready-To-Finish Outdoor Kitchens Buying Guide
Constructed with steel framing and encased in cement board, ready-to-finish outdoor kitchens are an effective solution
to a custom outdoor kitchen. Whether you are looking for a simple straight island or a curved outdoor kitchen
to match your poolside, ready-to-finish outdoor kitchens offer you endless possibilities. Our technical sales
representatives have the tools to help you through the process of designing your kitchen, selecting components,
and drawing approval.
An unfinished island can be taken from concept to design to reality in under 10 days, unmatched in the industry.
Buying an outdoor kitchen that will be finished on site is much more cost effective than buying a pre-finished outdoor
When an outdoor kitchen comes to you unfinished, you have the freedom to finish the unit with a material of your
choosing, often in a material that matches your outdoor room.
Ease of Installation
Constructing an island onsite presents many challenges, but a fully pre-made island simplifies the installation.
2 | Shape
An unfinished island can be custom made to almost any shape and size. With so many options, it is of utmost importance
to consider the space you have available for your outdoor kitchen. It is also important to evaluate your use of
the kitchen and what zones and components you will need to accomplish this. Your available space will directly
affect the shape of island that you select and the zones and components available to you.
3 | Zones
Every outdoor kitchen needs a cooking zone. This is the space for your grill and any other type of cooking
surface. Common components include gas, charcoal or electric grills, side burners, cook tops, pizza ovens,
or warming drawers.
Storage & Prep
Storage & Prep
The use of dedicated storage and prep areas lets you maximize your outdoor kitchen space in the same way
you would your indoor kitchen. Storage and prep components can include access doors, drawers, trash pull-outs,
trash chutes, and cutting boards.
Outdoor refrigeration raises the level of convenience of your outdoor kitchen. Giving you options ranging
from keeping drinks cool to storing prep for a full course dinner. Available are various types of undercounter
refrigerators, ice makers, refrigerated drawers.
Water & Beverage
Water & Beverage
A sink or beverage zone is an essential component for prep work in the kitchen. These components can be as
simple as a sink and faucet to an elaborate beverage center specialized for cocktail making.
4 | Utilities
Depending on what type of components you select, you will need certain utility lines ran to your outdoor space. In
some cases, the utilities that you have available can determine or limit the components that you can use. It is
important to make these considerations at the beginning of your outdoor kitchen project.
The type of gas you use is dependent on what is available to you. Natural gas is most common in urban and suburban
areas, and propane gas is normally found in rural areas. If there is no gas source available, most gas grills can
be run off of a 20 lb propane tank.
If you are planning on having a sink, beverage center or an ice maker in your kitchen, then a water line and a dedicated
drain that is connected to a sewer system are necessary. Hot and cold water lines can be run to the kitchen from
the home, or only a cold-water line with an in-line water heater, if hot water is desired.
An electrical connection at an outdoor kitchen is very common and can provide power for grill lights, grill ignition,
refrigerator, blender, ice maker or many other possible electrical components. For safety, ground fault circuit
interrupter (GFCI) outlets must be installed in an outdoor kitchen, like a bathroom.
5 | Construction & Planning
Your ready-to-finish outdoor kitchen base will need to be finished with a non-combustible material. Common finishing
materials are stucco and stacked stone. It will also need a countertop. Tile, granite and glass fiber reinforced
concrete (GFRC) countertops are most common.
The installation location needs to be able to support the weight of your outdoor kitchen. It is recommended to install
an outdoor kitchen on a concrete foundation whenever possible. The overall weight of a kitchen finished in stone
with a granite countertop and many components will be much greater than the weight of a kitchen with a stucco finish,
tile top and few components. If you are planning on installing the kitchen on a wood deck, you may need to consult
a structural engineer to ensure the structure can support the kitchen weight.
Proximity of your outdoor kitchen to your indoor kitchen can determine how you want to use your outdoor kitchen.
For example, if both kitchens are farther apart then you may want to add a sink and cabinets to hold dishes so
you do not need to walk dirty dishes back and forth. If your outdoor kitchen is located under any type of cover
or overhang, a vent hood for the grill may be necessary.