What plumbing do I need for an outdoor kitchen?
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 property.
Complete outdoor kitchen plumbing
Outdoor kitchens have become more sophisticated over the years as people realise how much fun they can have cooking and entertaining in their outdoor space practically all year round. We've visited many homes in Brisbane 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 stovetop
- Pizza Ovens
- Gas heating
- Designer lighting
- Ceiling fans
- Coffee machines
From a plumbing point of view, many of these appliances and fixtures need to be connected to water, sewer drains, and gas lines and, ideally, for easy connection it's best if your alfresco kitchen has ready access to your house. Having a patio kitchen built without easy access to existing connections means installing additional service lines, which ultimately pushes up the installation price.
If you're building a new house it's a good idea to plan for an outdoor kitchen during the design phase as that way you can ensure that drainage, gas pipes, and water are installed before any of the landscaping takes place. Even if your original house design doesn't include an outdoor kitchen, you can still plan ahead for the eventuality by installing live capped water, gas, and drain connections outside to use in the future.
If you need help with plumbing for your outdoor kitchen renovation we've got you covered. Call Brisbane Plumbing and Drainage today on 1300 740 206.