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Things to Consider When Designing an Outdoor Kitchen for Your Knoxville Home

Posted in: Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor cooking stove

Kitchen remodeling is one of the most popular home improvement projects there is. Renovating even a small portion of your kitchen can make your home more attractive and comfortable, and it can immediately raise your home’s resale value. Building an outdoor kitchen can have the same effect, and it may raise your home’s value even more than an interior remodel.

Before you add an outdoor kitchen to your Knoxville home, there are some things you’ll need to consider. Your home’s design and your family’s lifestyle should be major factors in some of the decisions you’ll have to make concerning the design.

Here are a few things to consider when designing your outdoor kitchen:

Your Landscape and Home Design

Your new outdoor kitchen should match the rest of your landscape, as well as your home’s architecture. Think about how much space you can stand to lose from your yard and your garden, and how much space the kitchen your designing will take up.

Outdoor kitchens will definitely provide a lot of fun, and a lot of memories. But it’s important to consider whether yours will take too much away from your landscape or garden. Consider how much space you’re willing to let go, then keep that in mind during the design stages of your project.

Also remember how your home looks as a whole. Our landscape designers can help you match colors, bricks, and materials so that there’s an aesthetic connection between your outdoor kitchen and your home’s design. We can also help you design a kitchen that takes up less space.

Your Budget

Outdoor kitchens can vary in price based on the different features you want to include, but you could easily spend anywhere from $8-10,000 to $20,000 or more. It’s not a cheap job, so you will need to make sure your budget is carefully planned out from the earliest stages of the design. If you can, it’s great to leave yourself a little leeway for anything unplanned that occurs.

You certainly can build a great outdoor kitchen on a limited budget, so there’s no reason to assume you need to go all-in in order to succeed. The key to any great landscape design project is careful planning and creative design.


A water of gas line that runs to your outdoor kitchen will be a major convenience. But it’s not always easy to install these kinds of things, and it’s even more rare that it’s inexpensive. Trying to fit them into your design can also bring up a number of other problems.

While you’re developing your initial design ideas and concepts, take plumbing into account if it’s something you’ll want to include. And make sure to consider it when working out your budget.