Landscape architects, architects, kitchen designers and contractors have all been known to design and install outdoor kitchens. Which professional you choose should depend less on affiliation and more on experience.
Mark Allen, president of the National Outdoor Kitchen and Fireplace Association, offers these tips for hiring professionals.
As you interview designers and installers, be sure to give each the same information, so their bids will be coincide. Check references carefully, and call your local Better Business Bureau to check the professional's complaint history.
One or two grievances aren't any cause for concern particularly if they've been in business a long time, but more than that should be a red flag. It's also a good idea to ask about the contractor's insurance. If he's not properly insured, you could be liable for injuries on the job, or damage to neighbors or municipal property. Finally, don't move forward on any project without a detailed contract.
The contract should include the following basic items:
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