Outdoor kitchens are becoming very popular. They allow you to relax and enjoy your backyard better than ever before, and they increase the value of your home when it comes time to sell. Most people want a gas grill on their deck or patio, but an outdoor kitchen creates an outdoor living space.
With outdoor kitchens becoming ever more popular one of the questions that we’re often asked is “What plumbing do I need for an outdoor kitchen?” As its name suggests, an outdoor kitchen is simply a kitchen that’s installed inside an outdoor living space, so essentially your plumbing needs will be the same as for the kitchen you have inside your home.
Outdoor Kitchen Ideas
Outdoor kitchens have become more sophisticated over the years as people realize how much fun they can have cooking and entertaining in their outdoor space practically all year round. We’ve visited many homes in North Georgia to assist with the plumbing and been blown away by the equipment that owners have fitted into their outdoor kitchens. It wasn’t so long ago that an outdoor kitchen would contain at best a fitted BBQ and perhaps a beer fridge but nowadays we’re seeing such things as:
- Fitted storage cupboards
- Granite countertops
- Serving benches
- Bar fridge
- Sink and prep sink
- Wine cooler
- Beer on tap
- Ice machine
- Ovens and/or stovetops
- Gas heating
- Designer lighting
- Ceiling fans
Considerations for your Outdoor Kitchen Plumbing
Sink and Faucet Finishes: When it comes to your outdoor kitchen sink, you can't go wrong with a stainless steel basin, which is a very durable and hygienic solution. For the faucet, you want something with a physical vapor deposition (PVD) finish; the best option is a solid brass faucet with a PVD finish and ceramic disk valves.
Adding an outdoor sink next to the grill helps with food preparation and reduces trips in and out of the house. Plus, a gas grill that's built into a tiled countertop gives you, as the chef, plenty of convenient cooking and prep space.
Water Temperatures: Before you spend more than you need to, ask yourself, "Do I really need both hot and cold water in my outdoor kitchen sink?" Having hot water in your outdoor kitchen is more of a luxury than a necessity, so we suggest you only have cold water plumbing installed. But if you do want hot water, an on-demand water heater is probably your best option. Remember your cabinets and countertops need to resist all kinds of weather. Providing an awning or some other shelter from rain and sun is also helpful, so the outdoor kitchen is at least partially protected.
Prepping for a Freeze: When temperatures start to drop, you'll have to be sure you winterize your outdoor kitchen plumbing before you have to face frozen pipes. You'll likely be able to turn off the water with a valve inside your home, and from there you'll have to drain the pipes so the water doesn't freeze, expand, then cause the pipe to burst. The plumber that you work with should train you on the exact winterization steps you need to follow and will be able to answer any other questions you may have. Because water lines will freeze in the winter, the plumber will install pipes and plumbing that can be drained in the fall. The drain line can run to a simple dry well and needs no venting. This is acceptable for the gray water that a prep sink produces.
When you're ready to make the most of your backyard with a custom outdoor kitchen, give us a call at (770) 268-2331 . Still too early in the process to commit? Contact us online to ask anything you'd like, or see what past customers have to say about working with us.
My Georgia Plumber can easily install water lines for an outdoor kitchen sink. And, while we are there, our professional plumbers can install your gas lines, so your grill can run from the natural gas lines that run to your home. This way you never have to worry about filling propane tanks.