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How To Build An Outdoor Kitchen With Metal Studs
Outdoor kitchens are a fantastic addition to your home. You may have even searched for outdoor kitchens only to find that they cost thousands of dollars. However, have you ever thought of building your own?
Building your outdoor kitchen is a lot easier than it sounds. Although there are several steps you need to take to make it happen:
- Take Measurements
- Draw your lines
- Attach and level tracks
- Trim and join studs
- Set the concrete
- Add your wood blocking
- Add your counters
Even though the process is long, it’s forthright and can be done in one day! This article will help guide you through the steps to help you build your very own outdoor kitchen.
Table of Contents
- Plan It Out
- Acquire The Right Tools
- Steps For Building Your Outdoor Kitchen
- How Much Does It Cost To Build An Outdoor Kitchen?
- Related Questions
- Our Takeaway
Plan It Out
One of the most critical aspects of this process is planning. You need to know the exact dimensions of your outdoor kitchen. To do this correctly, you need to know the appliances you want to include such as:
Once you know this information, it will be easier to plan your kitchen blueprints. You can buy some catalogs also and find the dimensions of products there. That way, you have a more accurate number before you begin building. You can also download an app to help you plan your kitchen.
Acquire The Right Tools
As with all home projects, you need to make sure you have the right tools. If you don’t have all of them, you can ask a friend or family member to borrow. Also, home improvement stores allow you to rent saws and other power tools.
Along with the essential tools, you will need:
- Hammer Drill
- Laser level
- Metal Cut-On Saw
- Screw Gun
- Heavy-duty gloves
- Aviation snips
- Metal locking pliers
Of course, don’t forget the necessary supplies as well, such as concrete screws and a regular hammer.
Steps For Building Your Outdoor Kitchen
Step 1: Measure And Count Studs
Now that you have your plans and tools in order, you will need to measure and count the studs you need. It’s a good rule of thumb to use one stud for every one foot of track. While you’re at it, you might as well count the number of tracks you need too.
The number of supplies depends on the size of your kitchen. Make sure you take the time to count accurately.
Step 2: Draw Your Lines
Take your chalk and mark the places where you want each piece of furniture. This gives you an idea of the amount of space your kitchen will fill. Also, you can use your chalk to mark your limits on surfaces. That way, you know where to cut and where to insert your studs.
Step 3: Lay The Tracks
Before you attach the tracks, you need to lay them along the chalk lines that you drew in the last step. The lower tracks are what will support the entire structure of your kitchen. (Hence, why this step is so essential to get right the first time around.)
Flatten the side flange for the first track and let the tracks overlap at least 5 to 7 inches. You will then need to screw the tracks into the concrete using a concrete screw. This will help keep your structure more secure.
Step 4: Level The Track
Both the lower and upper tracks are essential to level for your kitchen to come out correctly. For this, it’s best to use a laser level as it’s the most accurate. You can also use a water level.
If you choose to use a laser level, check the middle of the bottom track level. The tracks need to be level before you move onto the next step.
Step 5: Trim Studs
For this step, it’s a great idea to wear some heavy-duty gloves to protect your hands. You might also want to get some aviation snips for this part of the project, as you will need to trim the studs. Bend one of the flanges on the stud up and cut it. If you’re going to install plumbing or electric, you need to cut the studs from the same end.
Instead of aviation snips, you could use a miter saw to cut several studs simultaneously. That way, you don’t have to measure and cut every single one individually.
Step 6: Join Studs
After your studs have been snipped, it’s time to join them to the tracks. Set the studs where they go, and then clamp them into place. Next, take your No. 8 pan-head screw and screw it in the middle of the stud. Make sure it’s fast enough to quickly drive the screw in, but not to where it will strip the hole. You don’t want your joint to be weak.
Step 7: Metal Headers
For the metal headers, you measure the opening width and cut your track 2 inches longer. The flanges should be about 1-inch long. You will then need to use your sheet metal locking pliers to bend the web down 90-degrees.
Step 8: Concrete
A great idea is to pour concrete into the frame of your kitchen. This helps the kitchen last longer, and also will help solidify its placement. If you cannot fit concrete into your budget, you may also use wooden panels or plyboard. However, they are not as resistant.
Step 9: Electrical Cables
For this step, you will need to refer to your blueprints. During this phase of the project, you should also place the plastic bushing into each space. The bushings will help keep the cable from rubbing on the sharp edges.
Next, pull the electrical cables through the studs to their rightful areas. This way, when you’re finished building, you’ll have everything you need at hand for hookups.
Step 10: Wood Blocking
Sometimes you will have leftover spaces that are not covered. In this case, you may want to cover them with some wood blocking. Or you can get creative and choose another sort of material to fill in the spaces.
Step 11: Add Counters
You’re almost done! The last step is to add your countertops and your veneers. For outdoor, granite works terrific; however, you can use any material you want.
Next, choose a veneer that you like. Although, when choosing, make sure your materials are sturdy as the kitchen is outdoors.
How Much Does It Cost To Build An Outdoor Kitchen?
To build your outdoor kitchen, including a fridge, sink, and everything else—it will cost about $800 to $1,500. Of course, this price may be lower or higher, depending on what you include. To have a professional install it that would cost $5,000 to $15,000.
Can I build an outdoor kitchen with wood?
Yes, you can create your outdoor kitchen using wood. You will need a cement backer on the inside and outside to protect the wood from heat and water. Also, wood kitchens are prone to increased fire risk.
How do I take care of my outdoor kitchen correctly?
First and foremost, if you used wood to create your kitchen, you should stain it. This will help it to last longer. Also, keep your kitchen clean in the same way that you keep your house clean. After all, you just invested quite a bit of money into this project.
While this project may seem complicated, it’s not. It takes just a little bit of patience as well as the ability to follow instructions. While you do have the option of hiring a professional or buying a premade outdoor kitchen— you can customize it to your liking if you build it yourself. Plus, it’d be a great topic of conversation for your next cookout!
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