These outdoor kitchen ideas are designed with all the conveniences of a home kitchen, with plenty of space for cooking and entertaining, plus additional shelter options to block out the elements. The idea of an outdoor grilling station works for smaller patios, and may even be worth incorporating into larger patios in addition to a fixed outdoor kitchen.
Outdoor kitchen ideas can include countertops, cabinets, sinks and faucets, refrigerators, bar areas, and more, so everything is within easy reach and plenty of space to work. Custom outdoor kitchens can include wine coolers, under-counter refrigerators, bars, fireplaces, side burners, smokers, heaters, ample storage, and even a pizza oven.
You can install just one piece of furniture and add simple appliances, or you can install a few extra cabinets and appliances with the right placement to create a beautiful open kitchen. If you measure your space and plan, you can design the most efficient outdoor kitchen layout to fit your small space.
When designing an outdoor kitchen, keep in mind that you need to leave enough space between the cooking area and the seating areas so that the chef has a place to work. Make sure you don’t set aside too much space in your backyard just for the kitchen, as you still need a place to comfortably sit, relax, and unwind.
Just like in your home, a one-line kitchen can be an efficient way to have everything you need while still leaving plenty of room for an outdoor dining table and chairs. Where an outdoor kitchen connects directly to your home or even a garden room, like this example from Paul Archer Design, this clever idea helps blur the lines between interior and exterior.
Adding a living room next to your summer kitchen can turn it into the focal point of your garden. Cabinet door styles, such as the simple, clean designs offered by Danver, also have the added benefit of making small open kitchens, including dining spaces, feel larger.
At the center of this summer kitchen is a grill, gorgeous cabinets with plenty of storage space, a cupboard and gorgeous hardwood floors that make up the common area, all with great views of the landscape and their backyard. A deluxe side grill, a two-door refrigerator in the center are a sophisticated touch, while a polished marble countertop, as well as a modern design faucet and handles, make this kitchen a quintessential urban outdoor kitchen.
This is an outdoor workstation with an outdoor gas grill, a stainless steel container on either side of the stacked stone frame, and a built-in open sink-bar-cooler where drinks can be decanted into ice.
Designed by Humphrey Munson, this luxurious outdoor entertainment space has all the amenities you’d expect from an enclosed kitchen, including Wolf kitchen appliances, a refrigerator and plenty of storage space. This rustic area combines a kitchen set, a breakfast bar, a fireplace and a separate living area with comfortable seating. I love the idea of using the higher back terrace as a kitchen and they did a great job with this design.