Outdoor Kitchen Design: Don’t Forget the Wiring

Outdoor kitchens are all the rage right now. You can find all sorts of outdoor kitchen design ideas that will give you a lot of inspiration when it comes to colors, sizes, and accessories for your new space.

Few take much time to discuss the wiring needs of an outdoor kitchen. However, good wiring is crucial to the success of your kitchen.

Even if you choose to cook exclusively on a gas grill there is a good chance your kitchen will need at least a few electrical elements. You will not, for example, want to run inside to use a food processor or a blender. You’ll want to do it right there on your counter, just like you do in your indoor kitchen.

Outdoor electrical systems require careful planning.

For one thing, you may need to add a new subpanel to accommodate your new circuits. For another, all of these wires will need to be buried underground. Otherwise they could be damaged when the weather gets bad.

Needless to say, wiring up an outdoor kitchen is not a DIY project by any stretch of the imagination. Outdoor kitchens must follow rigid code requirements. A mistake could render your kitchen unsafe.

Consider the electrician’s help an investment–one that will ultimately pay for itself. Realty Times reports that adding an outdoor kitchen offers a high ROI in terms of increasing your home’s value–80% or more, to be precise.

Besides, taking the time to do it right means you’ll have a lot more fun with your kitchen!

If you live in Chapel Hill, Cary, or anywhere else in the Raleigh-Durham area consider calling us for all of your outdoor wiring needs. We’ve been offering clean, courteous service for over 20 years, and we can help you get the job done right. Contact us today for a free estimate.

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