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How to Fit an Outdoor Kitchen into Your Small Yard

Ever considered adding an outdoor kitchen to your home? Today, most homeowners are looking to join the trend of having an outdoor kitchen primarily because of how fun and convenient it can be to have one. The big question is, can you fit the kitchen of your dreams into your small backyard? In fact, all you really need is a little bit of space and creativity to expand your living and entertaining options to the yard. The good thing is, compact, portable equipment makes outdoor grilling and barbecuing more convenient and enjoyable. You actually have a plethora of options for the available necessities regardless of how limited the space in your backyard turns out to be. The bottom line – You’ll be able to set up an appealing and functional area with the help of a few handy tips.

  • Pick a Portable Grill with Multiple Cooking Racks

For starters, it’s great to consider grills on wheels primarily because of how easy it is to move them from one place to another. Furthermore, portable grills are super easy to tuck out of the way when not in use, and that’s great. Is gas your preferred fuel for the barbecue? If yes, we recommend you engage the services of a licensed plumber to connect a gas line to the spot where you’ll be grilling your burgers and tasty patties. You can get quick connect flexible gas hoses so you can quickly unhook the gas line when you’re done grilling. The best part? Natural gas is more affordable than propane, and you won’t need to go through the hassle of storing a propane tank.

  • Invest in a Portable Kitchen Island

Kitchen islands can also be used in an outdoor kitchen for your small yard — these islands will provide you with storage as well as the workspace you need to prepare and serve the meal. There are several outdoor kitchen designs to choose from including the L-shaped island, Basic island, and the U-shaped center. The most important thing is to pick the one that’s typically meant to be used outside — one that’s made from stainless steel or weather tight masonry material. Opt for one that’s moisture-resistant as well as one that’s capable of withstanding thaw cycles and inevitable freeze. It’s also recommended to leave sufficient counter space to work when choosing the design of your outdoor kitchen. It’s not a good idea to have appliances and sink butting up against each other with no working room. Be sure to opt for smaller appliances if you find your space to be too tight.

  • Make Provision for Water Supply

There’s nothing more complicated than working in an outdoor kitchen without ready access to water — this will make the cooking and cleanup process inconvenient. The good news is, you can easily run a water line, stand pipe as well as a spigot to the space where you’ll be cooking. Moreover, installing a short hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle will provide you with all the water you’ll ever need, and that’s great.

So there you have it. An outdoor kitchen can turn out to be the most loved part of your home with proper planning. One last advice is to keep your outdoor kitchen as close to your house as possible. Doing this is crucial since you’re more likely to hook the kitchen up with utilities in your main house — especially gas and water. We hope this post has given you all the information you need to add an outdoor kitchen to your small yard successfully. Good luck!


Choosing A Home that’s Right for You

Picking out a new house can be exciting and terrifying at the same time. How do you choose the best location? What if the house has problems you can’t afford to fix? What’s the tiebreaker if you love two places equally?

You should have a plan prior to starting your search. Figure out what you absolutely need in a home and then prioritize additional features that you want. Remember to think ahead as this list may change in the next few years.

The first and only way to begin the decision-making process is to grab your calculator. A dream home becomes a nightmare the moment you can’t afford it. As you calculate, look beyond the listing price. Here’s why: A house with a vaulted ceiling costs more to heat than one with a low ceiling, and a house with a pool means paying to maintain it. All of these extra factors can add up.

Another less tangible way to decide if a home is right for you is to trust your intuition. Most buyers form an impression in the first few seconds after they walk into a house. Once you walk in the door of a potential home, you may want to ask yourself, Is this a happy house? or Does it depress me? Notice how you respond and trust your reactions. If you’re viewing a house and find yourself imagining your sofa near the fireplace and your brown chair near the window, pay attention. Chances are the house is a good match for you.

That said, there’s no such thing as a crystal ball when it comes to house hunting. And wondering whether the house will be too small if you get a dog or too big when the kids leave for college is inevitable. While it’s important to envision a home’s role over time, making a decision with too many variables in mind can work against you. Buy the house for the way you are living today. Then adapt as you go.

Make your home decision based on how you live, not where you’ll live. A house that offers dramatic mountain views and enormous windows onto a pond can seem like a wonderful place to call home. But if you’re rarely home the views aren’t going to be that important most of the time. Focus on features that will please you indoors. This advice is particularly applicable to high-traffic parts of the house, such as the kitchen. A sleek, minimalist stainless steel breakfast bar may set your heart on fire, but if you’ve got busy toddlers, a practical kitchen with lots of room and smudge-resistant cabinetry may be a better choice.

When you finally do make a decision – should you make an offer right away? Sometimes yes. Sometimes no. I usually advise sleeping on it overnight.  The exception can be when a market is especially active. This is a real gut check time. Would you be broken-hearted if you lost the house to another buyer? If the answer is yes, make an offer. Seldom will you go wrong if you follow your heart.


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