Boost the beauty of your backyard by adding an outdoor kitchen. Create a casual space to grill with family and friends - get inspired with these ideas.
The outdoor kitchen's gas grill, bar sink, and stainless steel drawers and vents are built into a rock-face cabinet topped with a concrete counter. The combination of textures adds artistic interest. Just as with an indoor kitchen, this is where guests are likely to gather.
Slate countertops in this kitchen double as a food prep area and a buffet space where visitors can mingle and munch. The brick and stainless-steel grill are good materials for outdoor use and offer a sleek look.
A short wall provides a narrow service shelf for food and drinks. The wall also helps define the size and location of the kitchen.
A clock mounted near the grill lets the cook track grilling times.
Nestling a built-in barbecue amid rich plantings makes for a more inviting dining area. Counter space was included next to the grill as a landing spot for hot plates.
Note also that a lamp with a flexible neck is attached to the adjacent fence. This puts bright light where the cook wants it when barbecuing steaks after dark.
A sizable brick barbecue is the focal point of this outdoor dining area. A natural-gas line fuels easy starts for wood fires.
There are two grills: one for meats, one for veggies. Toasted marshmallows usually top the after-dinner menu.
Interlocking bricks provide a solid, low-maintenance floor.
Boost the presence of an outdoor kitchen by surrounding it with an interesting environment. Here, a simple pergola adjacent to the barbecue center creates a living background. The vines and trees make this a private space for entertaining.
By contrast to the busy backdrop, the flooring is visually quiet. Long planks of natural-finish wood decking stretch out underfoot across the entertainment area.
In a compact space, this simple deck offers everything a family needs for dining and entertaining. The stone counter at the grill provides enough space for meal preparation.
In addition to the seating it offers, the deck's built-in bench also functions as a railing that defines the deck and protects guests from a drop-off.
A 550-square-foot pool house clad with limestone offers more than a mere dressing room. Just inside the open entryway is a grill, which is vented through the copper cupola atop the structure. A table sheltered by the entry pergola invites hungry swimmers to dine on their barbeque in comfort.
A grill, sink, and refrigerator--all faced with stainless steel--make barbecues a joy. This outdoor kitchen is just steps away from its indoor counterpart, so tools and ingredients are close at hand. Should a light rain fall, a broad umbrella protects diners at the table.
Douglas-fir pergolas give definition to the spa and dining spaces, setting boundaries similar to the way walls and ceilings do indoors. Of course, the views here are open to the pool and sky.
An eating bar is a practical addition to this outdoor kitchen. It allows for easy snack service during playtime breaks.
Steps leading from a sandy play space to the outdoor kitchen help conquer the yard's severe slope. Native wildflowers also scramble across the hillside, turning the potentially awkward area into a sea of color.
Durable, low-maintenance materials, such as tile for countertops and flooring, ensure the pool house will weather well.
Tongue-and-groove planks on the ceiling are similar in style to details of the main house.
This outdoor kitchen features a hardy poured-concrete countertop that steps up to form a serving bar. The bar hides clutter while the cook still has a clear view of the pool, spa, and sitting areas. Stacked-stone cladding gives the barbeque island a rustic look.
Perched high for a bird's-eye view of the rolling hills beyond, this 400-square-foot outdoor kitchen is fully stocked. Features include everything a first-rate setup needs:
-- Commerical-grade grill
-- Wood-burning oven
-- Plenty of storage
-- Eating counter
Swim on up and have some refreshments. That's the invitation of this hillside pool.
The pool is actually a cliff-hanger. Built into a hillside, the pool is supported along its outer edge by footings drilled deep into the slope. The far lip of the pool has an infinity edge--there seems to be no edge at all.
Set up under the home's eaves, this poolside grill area has a built-in gas grill. Storage cabinets along the floor are topped by a poured-concrete countertop, which doubles as a buffet server for the table.
A smaller, separate cooktop for handling vegetables is a great partner for a full-size barbeque.
A tile-clad privacy wall adjoining the pool doubles as a refreshment bar. It houses an undercounter beverage cooler and includes a convenient electrical outlet under the counter's edge. Tumbled-limestone cladding lets the bar blend with the pool deck and the rest of the wall.
This outdoor kitchen and entertainment area gets ample space. With stone covering most flat surfaces, including the floor and counters, it will weather the storms, as a good outdoor room must.
Outdoor kitchens offer several advantages over their indoor counterparts, including being able to cook at much higher temperatures. The focal point of this kitchen is the wood-burning oven, which can reach significantly higher temperatures than interior ovens.