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If you live in the Denver, Colorado area, you know that we have beautiful summer weather. If you love to spend time outside hosting family and friends, it may be time to consider an outdoor kitchen. While an outdoor kitchen can be as spare as having a grill and a table and chairs, it can actually become an elaborate permanent area for cooking and entertaining. Here are some things to consider when you’re planning an outdoor kitchen.

Consider Purpose

What do you plan on using your outdoor kitchen for? Some people envision their outdoor kitchen as an extension of their indoor kitchen, complete with appliances and prep areas. Others simply want a built-in grill. Others still want an extended area to entertain guests, which would need extra seating. Understanding what you hope to get out of your kitchen is the first step in getting exactly what you want.

Wants and Needs

Every project needs a budget, which is why you’ll need to make a list of the things you need and a list of the things you want. All outdoor kitchens need the following:

  • Grill
  • Lighting
  • Prep area
  • Storage

What you may want to add, however, includes things like refrigeration, a sink, a bar area, or a pizza oven or extra burners. These all require a little more effort in terms of installation and utilities, and you’ll want to make sure you have room in your budget.


Think about where you want your kitchen. Depending on your kitchen features, you may be limited by gas, electricity, and water lines. You’ll also want to consider grill placement, as you don’t want smoke wafting back into the house. Talk with a contractor about local ordinances.

Hi-Tech Appliance specializes in custom outdoor kitchens. Contact our team, and we can help you design the outdoor kitchen you’ve always wanted.

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