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July 2006


KITCHEN IQ

Saving Space

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Another key factor is the distance between the indoor and outdoor kitchens. The further the distance, the more elements—such as the refrigerator—you'll need to repeat. (You won't want to carry meat and produce from an indoor refrigerator that's far away.)

When determining the site of your outdoor kitchen, be sure the surface can withstand high heat and the weight of the grill, refrigerator and more. (You might need to reinforce your deck.) You might also consider the location of preexisting gas, power and water lines since hooking into lines already servicing the inside of your home is more cost-effective. If burying electric cable and gas lines is necessary, check your local building codes for regulations. (Don't forget that all electrical outlets should use a GFCI, or ground fault circuit interrupter, to prevent accidental shock.)

Wherever the site, opt for some sort of covering, such as an extension of the roofline. And be sure there's adequate ventilation for cooking fumes. For this reason, you might need to install an exhaust pipe.

When outfitting your kitchen, choose weather-resistant materials such as stainless steel, slate, stone, tile, teak or stucco. To protect from rain and snow, purchase a grill cover and winterize your pipes. During the winter, disconnect your under-counter refrigerator and store it inside.

Your next steps? Salivating over pictures of deluxe grills and picking out your table and chairs. I'll see you outside!

Have a question about kitchen design or appliances? E-mail KitchenIQ@ctcandg.com. Each month selected questions will be answered by professionals.

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