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Indian River Retreat
Indian River Retreat
Pineapple House Interior Design
The chaise lounge chairs are on powder-coated aluminum frames with Batylene mesh outdoor technical fabric. The two club chairs are an all-weather wicker intricately hand woven in a checkerboard pattern. The palms that flank the tanning ledge are integrated into the pool surround. Their natural shape helps soften the feel of the massive, innately hard surfaces of the pool area. Daniel Newcomb Photography
Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara
B St. Design
Ed Gohlich
Patio kitchen - mediterranean patio kitchen idea in San Diego with no cover
Outdoor Living Patio
Outdoor Living Patio
C.E. Pontz Sons
This Outdoor Living Patio project included installation of new patio area, pergola, front and side walkways, and lighting as per our design. Installed was approximately 530 square feet of patio area with a landing step area at the rear door. We used Techo-Bloc ‘Blu 60 Smooth’ pavers for the patio area as well as the front walkway. The existing Front and side walks were removed prior to the hardscape installation. Outdoor kitchen, fire pit, and step were all constructed with Techo-Bloc ‘Graphix’ wall stone. Fire pit and step capped with Techo-Bloc ‘Graphix’ Cap. The Outdoor kitchen is topped with a custom marble counter top. 38″ grill and 38″ double access door were installed in kitchen area. The Pergola is constructed using Western Red Cedar and stained to compliment the hardscaping. Low voltage LED lighting that was installed includes, under cap lighting on step and kitchen; up lights on trees (2 lights each); and a 150 watt transformer. Landscape beds and new plants were installed around the new patio area. The Landscaping included, mulching of new landscape beds, Repair, grade, and seeding damaged lawn areas as well as Trimming existing Hydrangea and Boxwoods. This Outdoor living patio area was installed in Lancaster, PA.
Cary outdoor living room
Cary outdoor living room
Down to Earth Designs, Inc.
© 2012 Ben Case, Down to Earth Designs, Inc.
Patio kitchen - mid-sized traditional backyard concrete paver patio kitchen idea in Raleigh with a gazebo
Custom Homes
Custom Homes
Castle Rock Custom Homes
Inspiration for a mid-sized timeless backyard stone patio kitchen remodel in Orlando with a roof extension
Metal Roof Extension Outdoor Entertain Areas
Metal Roof Extension Outdoor Entertain Areas
Southwest Fence & Deck
Patio kitchen - mid-sized contemporary backyard patio kitchen idea in Dallas with a roof extension
Pool Lighting and Art Display
Pool Lighting and Art Display
James Martin Associates
Request Free QuoteEach of our client’s varied garden features shows a different personality as dusk graces the garden. Yet they all still combine as one distinct display as forms and materials both blend and accent each other in a dramatic showing. Photographs by Linda Oyama Bryan
Contemporary Mesa Residence & ADU
Contemporary Mesa Residence & ADU
Allen Construction
The original house was demolished to make way for a two-story house on the sloping lot, with an accessory dwelling unit below. The upper level of the house, at street level, has three bedrooms, a kitchen and living room. The “great room” opens onto an ocean-view deck through two large pocket doors. The master bedroom can look through the living room to the same view. The owners, acting as their own interior designers, incorporated lots of color with wallpaper accent walls in each bedroom, and brilliant tiles in the bathrooms, kitchen, and at the fireplace tiles in the bathrooms, kitchen, and at the fireplace. Architect: Thompson Naylor Architects Photographs: Jim Bartsch Photographer
Mid Century Modern Eichler-esque Remodel Windows
Mid Century Modern Eichler-esque Remodel Windows
Hart Wright Architects, AIA
Mid Century Modern Eichler-esque Remodel Liz Rusby and Minh Tran
Example of a trendy patio kitchen design in San Francisco
California Dreaming
California Dreaming
Kingswood Custom Homes
Patio kitchen - transitional tile patio kitchen idea in Charlotte with a roof extension
U Street Yard
U Street Yard
Morgan Howarth Photography
©Morgan Howarth Photography
Patio kitchen - contemporary backyard stone patio kitchen idea in DC Metro with a gazebo
VV - 2 Story Farmhouse
VV - 2 Story Farmhouse
Nick Lee Architecture
Patio kitchen - contemporary concrete patio kitchen idea in San Francisco with a roof extension
Traditional Patio
Traditional Patio
Example of a classic backyard patio kitchen design in Houston
Key Biscayne Pool & Kitchen
Key Biscayne Pool & Kitchen
Somar Pools
The existing pool was way too large for the space, it took up the entire back yard.
Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary backyard tile patio kitchen remodel in Miami with a pergola
Williamsburg Rooftop Terrace
Williamsburg Rooftop Terrace
New Eco Landscapes
Outdoor kitchen deck - transitional outdoor kitchen deck idea in New York with a pergola
Fire Magic Grills
Fire Magic Grills
Fire Magic Grills - Robert H Peterson Company
Example of a mid-sized transitional backyard patio kitchen design in Los Angeles with decking and a roof extension
Lake Home with outdoor pizza oven
Lake Home with outdoor pizza oven
Patrick Widing Custom Homes
Large mountain style backyard brick patio kitchen photo in Detroit with no cover
Heights Outdoor Addition
Heights Outdoor Addition
Sneller Custom Homes and Remodeling, LLC
Outdoor kitchen deck - transitional outdoor kitchen deck idea in Houston with a roof extension
Cortijo
Cortijo
Tom Meaney Architect, AIA
Large outdoor patio provides seating by fireplace and outdoor dining with bbq and grill.
Inspiration for a large mediterranean backyard tile patio kitchen remodel in Santa Barbara with a roof extension

Complete the al fresco dining experience by doing the actual cooking in your own outdoor kitchen. Enjoy the open-air adventure of grilling up some burgers, prepping the toppings and serving it all up without ever having to go inside and miss out on the action. Whether you plan to do a simple grill area or a fully stocked prep-and-cook layout, check out the following outdoor kitchen ideas to make the most of your new space.

Focus on the Features

While you could just stick a grill on the patio and call it a day, the fun in creating an amazing outdoor kitchen is adding all of the special features you need (or just want) to make it a desirable experience. Similar to cooking indoors, you’ll likely want to build a spot where you aren’t separated from the rest of the party. This can easily be accomplished with a few bar stools pulled right up to a counter, or can also mean a nearby lounge area that’s within earshot of the cook. Regardless of your budget, there are plenty of common and coveted additions you can use to create a complete kitchen outside:

Cooking:

  • Grill (built in or freestanding)
  • Smoker
  • Pizza oven
  • Stove or cooktop
  • Conventional oven
  • Ventilation (especially in a covered area)
  • Herb garden (doubles as bug repellent)

Entertaining:

  • Fire pit
  • Fireplace
  • Bartop
  • Seating
  • Dining spot
  • Outdoor TV
  • Speakers
  • Shade cover

Prep and storage:

  • Countertops
  • Storage cabinets
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator or cooler
  • Sink
  • Trashcan

Lighting and electrical:

  • Overhead lighting
  • Ceiling fan
  • Electrical outlets
  • Heater

Location, Location, Location

Locate your outdoor kitchen close to the main house for multiple reasons, the most important being easy access to plumbing, gas and electrical lines. Close proximity to your home also makes bringing supplies to and from an indoor kitchen much simpler when you don’t have to maneuver a backyard obstacle course. You’ll also want to consider the view; if you’ll be manning the grill, are you staring at a wall or can you see what’s happening in the rest of the yard and be part of the conversation? Also keep in mind the sun, rain and wind — the addition of a pergola, awning or even the cover of a tree can provide much needed protection (just make sure your don’t use combustible materials, especially when open flames are involved). Think about which of these factors is important to you and plan your outdoor kitchen design accordingly.

Since your new patio kitchen will be located outdoors, it’s important that you use the correct materials to ensure it lasts long into the future. You’ll want materials that are:

  • Weather Resistant: Harsh sun and rain will do a number on typical indoor materials. Ensure your new outside kitchen will last by using materials that withstand the elements, like teak, concrete, granite, engineered quartz and stainless steel to name a few.
  • Rot Resistant: Moisture can quickly destroy the wrong types of wood and have you replacing your outdoor cabinets and counters sooner than you expected. Stick with outdoor-friendly woods like teak, opt for man-made materials or be prepared to apply a sealer regularly.
  • Heat Resistant: You’ll likely want to place hot items, including food, dishes and cooking utensils, directly on the countertop. Use a heat-resistant counter material so you don’t have to worry about damaging them. These include engineered quartz, concrete and stainless steel, among others.
  • Low Maintenance: Anything that can be hosed off and wiped down easily will make for quick cleanup. Stay away from porous stones, like marble, and unsealed wood that can absorb liquids and stains.

Whether you want inspiration for planning an outdoor kitchen renovation or are building a designer outdoor kitchen from scratch, Houzz has 43,702 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Southwest Fence & Deck and Silvan Homes. Look through outdoor kitchen pictures in different colors and styles and when you find an outdoor kitchen design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful outdoor kitchen photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.