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Beautiful Outdoor Kitchens: Ideas for Your Next BBQ


Outdoor kitchens are a great addition to any home, and it opens up a whole new avenue for socializing, food prep and parties. The layout of your outdoor kitchen and décor can be as simple or extravagant as you'd like. Here are some tips to help you get started on the design process:

An outdoor kitchen is a great addition to any home, and it opens up a whole new avenue for socializing, food prep and parties.

Unrecognizable woman serving delicious pasta with meatballs to man during dinner

Outdoor kitchens are a popular addition to any home, and they can be a great way to expand your living space. They open up a whole new avenue for socializing, food prep, and parties. Your outdoor kitchen can be used year-round if you have the right weatherproofing materials in place. It may be used to serve snacks at family gatherings or as a place where you can cook up some delicious meals while your friends watch the game on television.

If you're looking for inspiration on how to build an outdoor kitchen that will make all of your guests feel welcome at every event this summer (and beyond!), look no further than these beautiful examples from Houzz members across North America: Houzz Outdoor Kitchens

How to Design Your Outdoor Kitchen

Golden hour of outdoor patio

If you’re going to have a grill, consider the size of your grill and where it will be placed. You should also consider how much space needs to be cleared around the grill so that people can pass by without knocking over any utensils or supplies.

  • If you have an outdoor kitchen, place it in a place where it won’t block access to other areas of your home such as doors or walkways.
  • If there isn’t enough room for an outdoor full-sized sink, consider using an island sink instead or even installing one inside near where people usually gather for parties. If this isn’t feasible, at least try putting up some easy access shelving for dishes and cleaning supplies so that guests don’t have far to reach them when they need them during food prep time!

To get you started with planning your own outdoor kitchen, we've collected some helpful tips, tricks and design ideas.

Large outdoor entertaining area typical of many Australian homes.

Here are some tips to help you get started planning your own outdoor kitchen:

  • Use a neutral color palette as the basis of your design. Neutral colors like white, gray and black will help you create a timeless look that can be incorporated into any space.
  • Think about durability when choosing materials for your outdoor kitchen. You'll want to choose materials that can withstand sun exposure, rain and other elements like snowfall. Cast iron is a great material for this because it's durable, easy to clean and has heat retention properties too!
  • Use different textures in different areas of your design so there's variety throughout the space—and make sure everything flows together seamlessly from one area of the yard/garden/decking onto another (for example: using similar colors or patterns on tiles). This ensures an overall sense of harmony within your entire backyard area—and it looks beautiful!
  • Finally: focus on function over form when designing an outdoor kitchen space--these days most people want their indoors-outdoors spaces designed so they're actually enjoyable places where we go outside instead of just getting in our way while trying out new recipes at home!

There are a few factors to consider before you begin construction on your outdoor space.

pergola construction

Before you begin construction on your outdoor space, there are a few things to consider.

  • Do you want to build the kitchen separate from the house? This is especially important if you live in a climate that gets cold in winter. If so, it's helpful to know how much space will be available for construction during warmer months and how much can be done during cooler months.
  • How much space do I have for my outdoor kitchen? Every backyard landscape is different but keep in mind that some projects may require more room than others.

Is it going to be in the sun or shade?

beautiful porch with pool

  • If it's going to be in the sun, you'll want to think about how to keep it cool. This could mean using shades or umbrellas over your countertops, or installing fans inside of your cabinets and drawers.
  • If it's going to be in the shade, you'll need lighting for when it gets dark outside. There are many options for this; I love these lanterns because they're great for outdoor use as well as indoors!
  • If your outdoor kitchen is going to be covered (in a patio cover or gazebo), you'll need some way of ventilating without letting bugs in. You can do this by making sure there are windows on either side of the structure that open up onto an adjoining area (like a porch).

What will the weather be like year-round?

bbq on porch

If you live in a temperate climate, you might not need to consider the weather too much when designing your outdoor kitchen. But if you live in an area with extreme temperatures and weather, such as the Southwest or Southeast, it's important to think about how your outdoor kitchen will be used—and whether it should be built at all.

For example, because of its dry air, Arizona has plenty of sunshine year-round; however, the temperature can vary from 60°F (16°C) during the day to 100°F (38°C) at night. In this case, consider building an open-air patio where there is shade and room for air circulation—this will keep your guests comfortable even on hot days.

How much space do you have available?

bbq on terrace

This can be a tough one, because the answer to this question depends on your vision for your outdoor kitchen. Are you looking for something functional and practical? Or are you hoping to make some of your friends jealous with a giant, over-the-top masterpiece?

If you're hoping to create a place where people gather around and hang out while they cook together or just enjoy eating their food, then it's important that your outdoor kitchen is large enough for everyone. You'll also want an area where people can comfortably stand or sit without being cramped by other guests—or worse, having to squeeze in somewhere else because there wasn't enough room on the patio.

But if your outdoor cooking area is supposed to serve mainly as an extension of the kitchen inside (and especially if it's going in addition to an existing kitchen), then size really isn't as big of a concern—as long as everything functions well despite its smaller footprint. That said: no matter what type of space we're talking about here—big or small—it should still look good!

Who will use this area -- just family or large crowds during parties?

People Having Fun Together

If you’re looking for a space that can be used by a large crowd, you may want to consider a larger outdoor kitchen. However, if you want something more intimate and for family gatherings, there are still ways to incorporate an outdoor kitchen in a smaller space! The most important thing is being aware of what you need and what your family wants from their outdoor spaces.

Will the kitchen be separate from your home or attached to it?


Architecture & Interiors

This is an important question, as it will affect the design of your outdoor kitchen. If you have an existing patio and want to extend that space by building a detached kitchen, there are many options for decorating that area depending on what type of look you want. For example, if you want to create an intimate space with a nice view of nature, consider adding a porch swing and some plants underneath an extra-large umbrella. On the other hand, if you already have room for an adjacent dining area at home but don’t have much natural light in that area because it faces away from the sun during certain times of day (for example), then building a detached outdoor kitchen may not be ideal for your purposes because it won’t be used as often or fully appreciated due to lack of sunlight exposure during daylight hours when most people want access to their outdoor spaces."

It's also important to note your budget for this project, as building an outdoor kitchen can range from very affordable to quite pricey depending on how elaborate you want it to be.

Editorial, Business & Work

When planning for your outdoor kitchen, it's also important to note your budget for this project, as building an outdoor kitchen can range from very affordable to quite pricey depending on how elaborate you want it to be.

You can save money by doing some of the work yourself and using recycled materials. If you're handy with tools and have some experience with DIY projects, a well-designed outdoor kitchen is within reach! But if not, consider hiring a professional who has completed similar projects in the past—they will help you plan out the perfect layout and customize it to suit your needs.

Charming Outdoor Kitchen Decor

a clean example of contemporary living

Outdoor kitchens, whether they're built in a backyard or tucked away on a patio, are the ultimate place to gather with family and friends. A well-designed outdoor kitchen can provide a space for entertaining that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing—a perfect place to prepare meals while also creating an inviting atmosphere. Whether you’re looking to decorate your existing outdoor kitchen or build one from scratch, here are some ideas to help get you started on creating your dream kitchen:

  • Use contrasting materials. One of the best ways to add character and interest is through contrast between materials such as stone versus wood, metal versus glass or even different metals like copper and stainless steel. For example, consider how countertops could be made from natural stones like marble or granite—then use aluminum framing with stainless steel accents for walls or shelving units.
  • Add color! Colorful elements such as colorful pots hanging over an island stovetop add vibrancy without going overboard; try using them in combination with other more neutral tones like neutrals like white trim around windowsills so they don't stand out too much against their surroundings (think summer brunches!). You can also use bright colored tiles inside your oven so guests know what temperature their meal will reach soon enough without having someone leave his seat every few minutes checking manually on it's progress

In order to design an outdoor kitchen that works for you and your family, take into account all of the factors above, as well as how you'll use the space.

Two Women Standing in a Patio of a Blue Wooden House

In order to design an outdoor kitchen that works for you and your family, take into account all of the factors above, as well as how you'll use the space. How much time will you spend in the kitchen? Who will be using it? What type of budget do you have available? The answers to these questions will help determine what type of outdoor kitchen works best for your needs.

Take careful stock of how much space is available before considering any additional elements beyond a grill or smoker. If there's a lot of open space in front of your house or patio, consider adding more seating options like benches and tables so people can gather around while cooking together.

So, if you're thinking about building an outdoor kitchen, consider these factors and start planning! You'll be able to create a place where your family and friends will enjoy spending time together over food -- plus there's nothing better than grilling out in the sunshine while enjoying fresh summer air.


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