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Elements to Consider for an Outdoor Kitchen in San Diego

When planning and designing your San Diego outdoor kitchen, we consider how you will use the space and the features you need. Let’s take a look at some important features to include in the space:

  • Grill – whether you need a built-in or portable grill, a gas or propane, grill is a staple of an outdoor kitchen in San Diego.
  • Countertops – we consider different countertop materials such as granite, marble, or concrete to provide a space to prepare food and all-purpose workstations.
  • Cabinets and Storage – depending on the size of the kitchen and your storage preferences, we provide cabinets and different storage options to store outdoor kitchen essentials such as plates, utensils, and grill tools.
  • Outdoor Sink – choose from a wide variety of outdoor sinks that allow easy clean-up and can be connected to a water supply or have a portable option.
  1. 5Outdoor Refrigeration - a built-in refrigerator or cooler can keep drinks and ingredients cool and within reach.
  2. 6Outdoor Heater – you have heaters mounted on walls, fences, and ceilings; whether it is a gas or electric heater, we can help you use your San Diego outdoor space year-round.
  3. 7Pizza Oven or Smoker – another primary feature for San Diego outdoor kitchens includes specialized cooking equipment such as a pizza oven or smoker for added versatility.
  4. 8Outdoor Lighting and Fans - can enhance the ambiance and comfort of an outdoor kitchen.
  5. 9Outdoor Bar Area – an open-air bar area with seating can provide a place for guests to gather and socialize.
  6. 10Outdoor Kitchen Appliances – apart from the refrigerator, San Diego outdoor kitchens also feature wine coolers, kegerators, ice makers, dishwashers, flat-top ranges, and warming drawers.

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    With our free design consultation for San Diego outdoor kitchen construction, we believe in providing functionality, considering traffic flow, and providing you with a custom space that suits your needs. We would be delighted to chat with you about your upcoming project.


    Popular Types of Outdoor Kitchen in San Diego

    Our San Diego outdoor kitchen projects are thoughtfully designed and customized to fit your needs, and we achieve this by keeping everything detailed to your satisfaction. Here are some popular options for San Diego homeowners:


    Straight / “I” Shape Kitchen Island

    We recommend this option for smaller outdoor spaces, as it takes up less room than a larger, more complex outdoor kitchen. It features a long and narrow countertop placed against a wall or fence, and includes a grill, sink, and storage space, and may also include a countertop for food preparation.


    L” Shape & “U” Shape Kitchen Islands

    The L” Shape & “U” Shape Kitchen Islands are for spacious spaces because they are the larger versions of our custom outdoor kitchen in San Diego.

    Generally, they provide more counter space and storage than a straight or “I” shaped Kitchen Island, and the design features a grill, a sink, ample storage space, and a designated area for food preparation.

    They also allow more traffic around the kitchen because of the ample space for food preparation and hosting guests, and other features like a bar counter, refrigerator, and even a built-in seating area.


    Backyard Sports Bar Kitchen

    A Backyard Sports Bar Kitchen is our idea for a San Diego outdoor kitchen designed to create a sports bar atmosphere in a backyard setting. It is an ideal setup for hosting friends and family to watch sports games or entertain guests.

    The layout incorporates all kitchen elements (such as a grill, a sink, cabinets, and countertops), a built-in seating area, a bar counter, and entertainment features (such as a television and a beer tap).

    Our San Diego Outdoor Kitchen Installation Steps

    For outdoor kitchen construction in San Diego, the design stage allows you to consider all possible features to determine the must-haves and maximize your entertaining space.

    1 Dig trenches for footings.

    our first step in installing an outdoor kitchen is to dig trenches for the footings. These trenches provide a solid foundation for the kitchen and ensure it is stable and secure.

    2 Install Rebars.

    once the trenches have been dug, we install rebars (reinforcing bars) for additional strength and stability in the kitchen.

    3 Pour concrete into the trenches.

    next, concrete is poured into the trenches to fill them and create a solid base for the kitchen.

    4 Install concrete blocks.

    after the concrete has hardened, we install concrete blocks on top of it to provide a base for the kitchen’s walls.

    5 Apply mortar on blocks.

    with the blocks in place, mortar is applied between them to hold them together and create a strong, stable wall.

    6 Cut blocks to fit grill, burner, appliances. etc.

    the blocks are then cut to the size of the appliances and fit the grill, burners, and any other equipment that needs to be installed.

    7 Pour concrete into the blocks.

    once the blocks are cut to size, concrete is poured into them to create a solid base for the appliances.

    8 Frame the top section for countertop.

    we build the frame on top of the blocks for the countertop.

    9 Pour concrete countertop.

    next, concrete is poured into the frame to create a solid countertop and will be finished with your preferred countertop material.

    10 Apply stucco or veneer stone on concrete blocks.

    finally, stucco or veneer stone is applied to the exterior of the kitchen’s walls to give it a finished look.

    These steps are the basic steps of outdoor kitchen installation in San Diego. Depending on the size, style, and amenities of your outdoor kitchen, the steps may vary, or we may add additional steps.


    How We Work – Outdoor Kitchen Design and Construction

    Our San Diego outdoor kitchen and landscape design experts will visit your home, listen to your ideas and needs, and help you determine the best layout for the space. By working together, we can create a beautiful, long-lasting kitchen and landscape that your family will appreciate for years.

    From the design plans, we obtain the relevant permits, get the materials and start on the project as we keep you informed every step of the way. We pay close attention to the smallest details, refining and perfecting the design as the project takes shape and comes to life.

    Is an Outdoor Kitchen Worth it in San Diego?

    Generally, our San Diego outdoor kitchen design can add value to your home, provide a functional and enjoyable outdoor living space, and make it easier to entertain guests.

    In addition, they enhance the beauty and functionality of your backyard and increase the time you spend outdoors. It can be a great place to relax, cook and entertain with friends and family.

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      Given that this may be a new experience, we provide you with the insights, information and resources to understand your outdoor kitchen construction process.

      1 Can an Outdoor Kitchen Be Enclosed?

      Yes, outdoor kitchens can be enclosed, making them more comfortable to use in different weather conditions and more versatile and usable in all seasons.

      At Better Place Remodeling, we offer several options for enclosing your San Diego outdoor kitchen, including building a roof or pergola overhead, adding screens or glass walls, or building a fully enclosed room.

      2 What is the Right Size for Outdoor Kitchens in San Diego?

      The right size of an outdoor kitchen in San Diego will depend on various factors, including the size of your backyard, the number of people you plan to entertain, and your personal preferences.

      We recommend allocating at least 150 to 200 square feet for an outdoor kitchen to include a grill, sink, countertops, and storage space. You may need more space for additional features like a pizza oven or a refrigerator.

      3 Where Should the Outdoor Kitchen Sink Drain?

      When designing your outdoor kitchen, we consider the sink drainage and ensure it is connected to a properly functioning drainage system. We can connect it to a nearby indoor drain, greywater system, septic system, or a separate drainage system that works.

      4 Do I need permits?

      You will require building permits and planning approvals if you include electrical, plumbing (running water), gas and drainage systems, or an enclosed roof area.

      We will help you understand the outdoor kitchen construction regulations and pull all the necessary permits (including overseeing inspections)

      5 Can I Build an Outdoor Kitchen on a Deck?

      Yes, we can offer you professional design and construction solutions to build your outdoor kitchen on the deck and ensure it complies with San Diego codes and regulations regarding outdoor kitchens on decks.

      We will obtain the necessary permits, guide city inspections, and ensure the deck is structurally sound to support the weight of the kitchen setup.

      6 Should an Outdoor Kitchen Reflect the Standard Indoor Kitchen ‘Triangle’?

      Not really. It depends on your preferred layout and how you want to use the space.

      We don’t find it necessary or practical to replicate this exact layout in an outdoor kitchen. We emphasize the traffic flow, guaranteeing adequate workspace and storage, and selecting durable and weather-resistant materials.

      This can also include prioritizing the placement of a grill or smoker (as this may be the centerpiece of your cooking area), a built-in bar, a dining/seating area, or an outdoor refrigerator.

      7 What Type of Lighting Works Best in an Outdoor Kitchen?

      The best type of lighting for your outdoor kitchen will depend on the space’s specific design, layout, and function. However, in general, we recommend lighting that is durable, weather-resistant, and designed specifically for outdoor use.

      Overhead lights, such as recessed and pendants, are crucial to maximizing your outdoor cooking and dining spaces.

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