Upgrade Your Backyard with an Outdoor Kitchen

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A cozy patio kitchen (mutni)

If you like to grill and entertain often, or just enjoy the ease of meals outdoors, designing an outdoor kitchen could be a project for you.  They can be simple or on a more grand scale, depending on your needs. Outdoor kitchens are a definite plus when entertaining and can be the centerpiece of your backyard or patio.

An outdoor kitchen (quzimex)
An exterior kitchen with sink and counter space for meal preparation (quzimex)
A beautiful outdoor kitchen (hotnick)
A beautiful outdoor kitchen (hotnick)

Outdoor kitchens can cost anywhere between $3,000 and $30,000, depending on the design and the appliances you choose.  Your design may include a covered area, a bar, top-of-the-line grill and appliances, as well as a fireplace.

A fire pit is featured in the outdoor kitchen (Chrispardodesign)
A fire pit is featured in this backyard kitchen (Chrispardodesign)
An outdoor kitchen with all the extras (kitchenclan)
An outdoor kitchen with all the extras (kitchenclan)
A spacious outdoor kitchen layout (jengooch)
A spacious outdoor kitchen layout (jengooch)

Generally, an outdoor kitchen includes a grill, refrigerator, sink, storage space and counter space for preparing meals.  Creating an outdoor room is an ideal set-up.  Include a fireplace and seating for comfort and a bar for entertaining.

A fireplace and seating area complete this outdoor kitchen design (outdoorkitchensideas)
A fireplace and seating area complete this outdoor kitchen design (outdoorkitchensideas)
This outdoor kitchen design is charming and includes a sitting area by the fireplace (houzz)
This outdoor kitchen design is charming and includes a sitting area by the fireplace (houzz)

An outdoor kitchen can be as simple as a covered grill and a prep area, with perhaps some cabinets or cubbies for storage.  If you simply enjoy grilling, this is most likely all that is necessary.

An outdoor kitchen covered with pergola (freshmoderndesign.blogspot)
An outdoor kitchen covered with pergola (freshmoderndesign.BlogSpot)
A simple outdoor kitchen design (danddsfurniture.net)
A simple outdoor kitchen design (danddsfurniture.net)

If entertaining is the major purpose for your outdoor kitchen, you may want to incorporate a refrigerator, sink and bar area.  Counter space is essential for this setup to have ample room for food preparation and serving.  A raised bar area is ideal for entertaining and can provide extra seating for guests.

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A small bar area accents this outdoor kitchen (parkdaleave.blogspot)
A small bar area accents this outdoor kitchen (parkdaleave.blogspot)
A bar area offers extra seating in this outdoor kitchen (Kitchen by Dream Retreats, AZ)
A raised bar area offers extra seating in this outdoor kitchen (Kitchen by Dream Retreats, AZ)
A charming Mediterranean-inspired outdoor kitchen (mediberian)
A charming Mediterranean-inspired outdoor kitchen (mediberian)

A comfortable seating area adjacent to the cooking area is a plus.  This offers guests a place to relax and mingle, while still keeping the cook in the mix.  A dining table for large gatherings completes the outdoor kitchen.

A beautiful outdoor kitchen with seating area (interiordesigninspiration.net)
A beautiful outdoor kitchen with seating area (interiordesigninspiration.net)
An open outdoor kitchen with comfy seating and fireplace (onekindesign)
An open outdoor kitchen with comfy seating and fireplace (onekindesign)

Additional features such as fireplaces, pizza ovens and beverage coolers can give the outdoor kitchen a boost.  Adding these features turns an ordinary outdoor dinner into a party.  In a covered area, install a television over the fireplace to watch outdoor movies while enjoying a meal.

A pizza oven is a great feature to include in an outdoor kitchen (fanelis)
A pizza oven is a great feature to include in an outdoor kitchen (fanelis)
A raised bar adds extra seating and completes this outdoor kitchen (groovexi)
A raised bar adds extra seating and completes this outdoor kitchen (groovexi)
A lovely patio kitchen (mabledesigns)
A lovely patio kitchen (mabledesigns)

Incorporating an outdoor kitchen in your backyard transforms your space into one that is ready for entertaining or just for enjoying a quiet meal outside.  Whether simple or extravagant, the outdoor kitchen gives you dining and entertaining alternatives that everyone can enjoy.

 

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