Why live in Florida if you don’t spend your time outdoors? One way is a custom outdoor kitchen and entertainment center. Outdoor Living provides 100% custom, innovative outdoor kitchen designs that are handcrafted with high-quality workmanship. We provide the best in service and quality for Florida residents that wish to build an outdoor kitchen. Just ask one of our clients from our 567 completed outdoor projects in Florida.
If you are looking for a single point of contact for all your exterior design and construction including; Outdoor Kitchens, Built-in BBQ Grills, Outdoor Equipment, Pizza Ovens, Pergolas, Cabanas, Pavers, Pools, Fencing, Landscaping, Lighting, Electrical Needs and Plumbing Needs please call 561-779-0005. One call will solve it all!
The top ten factors when considering building an outdoor kitchen in Florida are as follows:
1). Yeah… We are different down here in Florida… Florida Outdoor Kitchens differ from those in other states. Besides the obvious differences in architecture and finish, consult an expert to determine if the countertop and base finish is appropriate for Florida’s hot-humid, sun drenched environment.
2). ” Get Out of the House”… Outdoor Kitchens in Florida are a social gathering location not just a functional item. Florida residents are known to want to “get out of the house”. Keep in mind that your outdoor space should accommodate more than the cook if possible. The old joke that “no one will stand over your shoulder and tell you that you are not baking a cake properly, but 10 people will carefully watch how you are ruining their burger” stands true.
3). “It’s the economy stupid”… A great quote and it is very relevant in today’s Florida housing related economy that has been hit hard and people are not as willing to move. Consider that you may not live at your residence for ever but you should make it “enjoyable for the time being” by designing and spending wisely by working with a qualified and experienced OUTDOOR DESIGNER.
4). Don’t cook the cook… What do we mean? Remember that the Florida sunshine over our outdoor kitchens can be brutal. Make sure you plan for some type of shade and/or rain protection if possible.
5). Grills Gone Wild! Many Florida residents who build outdoor kitchens are very concerned with look and appeal, but overlook the most important component of the outdoor kitchen — THE GRILL! Find an equipment expert who has experienced a wide range of equipment manufacturers and styles for your built-in BBQ grill. This is the very important because you cannot easily switch out one built-in BBQ grill for another type or manufacturer of grill equipment. Be weary of retailers who wish to sell you outdoor equipment without a clear plan regarding the design, construction and necessary electric, gas and plumbing. You may end up with great equipment that sits for a year before finding the right company to build the outdoor structure. Also, speak to the Grill Salesperson’s service company to ensure that you are going to get service should your outdoor BBQ break-down.
6). Yeah, The outside is not the inside of your home… Building outdoors requires extensive outdoor construction design and experience in order to ensure that you get the best outcome possible. That is why South Florida Interior Designers turn to Outdoor Living for the Outdoor Environment. In fact we are a trade partner-member of (ASID American Society of Interior Designers). Be cautiously optimistic about any company that says they “do it all” without the assistance of subject matter experts in the specific area of your home. What is that saying? Jack of all trades…
7). What Do You Mean We Are Married? Many times, Florida residents who hire a licensed contractor for Outdoor Design & Construction find themselves in a 1 to 6 month emotional and intimate relationship. Make sure you are comfortable with your hired partner. One way is to check that they have all the necessary contractor licenses and insurances to qualify them to build these projects. Can they pull a permit for your outdoor kitchen construction? Be very weary of anyone that says that a custom built project – improvement at your home does not require a building permit or large sums of money upfront to start the project.
8). Florida Outdoor Kitchens are not just for cooking anymore… Many times, Outdoor Living’s Outdoor Design and Projects include much more than just a built-in BBQ. We provide Pergolas, Arbors, Cabanas, Outdoor Bars, Outdoor Fireplaces that will create an opulent outdoor oasis. Pergolas and cabanas can provide the necessary shade. Outdoor Bars can provide the entertainment for you and your family. And outdoor fireplaces offer the ambiance that you wish to enjoy when taking in the pleasant Florida evenings (especially during the Winter months). Total Outdoor Design including every aspect of your outdoor space is a bid part of our day to day activities. That includes managing the planning and implementation of outdoor kitchens, pergolas, pavers, pool construction / refacing and all the related gas, electric and plumbing.
9). You Get What You Pay For… If you think that you are going to get a luxury car for a basic car price please go visit a car dealership today! The same holds true for Outdoor Kitchen projects. I will argue all day that a handy man will not give you the same results as a licensed and insured professional with experience with similar projects. Try to get a handy man out to repair a problem a month later or fix your grill because it was not installed properly. Also, be aware that “Outdoor Kitchen Manufacturers” are just that…a manufacturer not a builder. Most times they are not licensed to perform construction and you are very limited in your rights as a home owner when you hire these companies.
10). Be realistic about your budget… When a professional asks you “what is your budget” they are trying to do you a service as a consultant in order to meet your needs by staying within your financial planning guidelines. The size, finish materials and equipment can be adjusted to fit your budget and it is important to have an idea of what you wish to spend. The typical Custom Outdoor Kitchen in Florida ranges from $6,000 to $75,000. This includes construction, equipment, and related plumbing and electric. However, the average cost for everything is between $9,000 and $15,000. If you cannot finance this amount, you are probably not going to be happy with the end result of the project. Our recommendation is do a smaller high quality project at your budget Vs. a larger project where you cut corners.
If you live on the East Coast of Florida between Vero Beach and Key Largo, please contact Outdoor Living today for the ultimate Florida outdoor living experience at 561-779-0005