Keep Your Cool with a DIY Summer Kitchen

Create an outdoor space for friends and family to gather, cook, and enjoy the bounty of the season.


We all enjoy life’s simple pleasures: gardening, cooking, the “pop” of a canning lid, eating, spending time in the great outdoors, and, even better, doing these things with friends and family. This outdoor kitchen and canning center combines all of these joys. It’s straightforward to build and can be easily modified to suit the way you cook, can, and entertain. The walls are open for good ventilation, yet the roof is covered to keep rain and blazing sun at bay. Wide countertops provide plenty of room for equipment, produce, preparing, and eating.

Before You Start

Before you begin hammering nails, let’s hammer out a few basics.

Every city and region has its own building, fire, and health codes that dictate what can be built where, by whom, and what it can be used for. Before you dig in, take a look at your local codes, specifically regarding the following:

Setbacks and permits. In some areas, you don’t need a permit for structures smaller than 100 square feet, but in most areas, you need to abide by “setback regulations,” which specify how close to your property line you can build a structure. Check with your local building official for specifics.

Health regulations. If you plan to sell your wares at farmers markets or at retail, you may need to run a gauntlet of health regulations to do so legally. Check out the health regulations in your area. Visit here for an overview of state cottage food laws to get started.



Fall 2021!

Put your DIY skills to the test throughout November. We’re mixing full meal recipes in jars, crafting with flowers, backyard composting, cultivating mushrooms, and more!


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