Outdoor kitchens are one of the hottest home remodeling projects. I love working with clients on kitchens. I’ve shared some beautiful indoor kitchens here on the blog; I thought it was time to focus on some wonderful outdoor kitchens. Whether you want a kitchen fit for the gourmet or a simple corner of your patio set up with a grill, there’s an outdoor kitchen design to fit every budget. As with any home improvement project, the most important part in building an outdoor kitchen is the planning. And to help you out, today I have some outdoor kitchen design tips to for you. For inspiration, I’ve also included photos of 25 of the most amazing outdoor kitchens I could find!
Outdoor Kitchen Design Tips
If you’re thinking about adding an outdoor kitchen to your home, here are a few tips to help you with the planning.
- Make a list of the features you’d like to have in your outdoor kitchen – such as a grill, sink, refrigerator, cabinets, etc. Decide which ones you must have and which would make nice additional features. Then plan according to your budget.
- Try to have your outdoor kitchen relatively close to your indoor kitchen. Even with the outdoor conveniences, you’ll probably still find yourself making frequent trips between the two kitchens and it helps if they are near one another. Also, make sure the path between them is clear and easy to navigate.
- Plan your electrical and plumbing needs ahead of time. Keep in mind the climate and whether your kitchen elements will be permanent or will have to be removed during colder weather.
- Make your outdoor kitchen as convenient as possible by providing power outlets. That way if you want to run a blender or other small appliance, you can do so without a problem.
- To make your kitchen fully functional and lessen the trips to the indoor kitchen, outfit it with a sink and small refrigerator.
- Install enough lighting so that your outdoor kitchen can be used in the evening and add a ceiling fan for comfort.
- To help make your kitchen more enjoyable, provide plenty of shade. If there’s no roof or overhang, help block the sun with a pergola, awning, or umbrella.
- Have places for your guests to sit and relax. Adding a counter overhang or bar area near the grill is a fun feature. It’s also nice to have some type of comfortable outdoor dining table and chairs.
Outdoor Kitchen Design Inspiration
And now 25 fabulous outdoor kitchens to inspire you.
There are so many options for outdoor kitchens, that it’s easy to find one to fit your budget. Simple planning will help keep things on track. Are you planning on adding an outdoor kitchen to your home? What is one of the must have items for your space?