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Camino Santander
Camino Santander
Architectural Alliance Inc.
Example of a mid-sized southwest backyard stone patio kitchen design in Albuquerque with a roof extension
Landscape Designs
Landscape Designs
BEECHWOOD LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND CONSTRUCTION
Inspiration for a mid-sized transitional backyard patio kitchen remodel in Philadelphia with a pergola
Outdoor Living
Outdoor Living
Artesian Custom Pools
Patio kitchen - mid-sized traditional backyard tile patio kitchen idea in Dallas with a pergola
Fishhawk Ranch
Fishhawk Ranch
Ryan Hughes Design/Build
Fully equipped kitchen accommodates any gathering with gas grill by Fire Magic and ceramic kamado-style charcoal grill by Big Green Egg. The custom high dining table completes the kitchenscape.
Transitional Patio
Transitional Patio
Patio kitchen - transitional backyard patio kitchen idea in DC Metro with no cover
Outdoor Kitchen and Living Space in Alva, Florida
Outdoor Kitchen and Living Space in Alva, Florida
Progressive Design Build
Challenge This 2001 riverfront home was purchased by the owners in 2015 and immediately renovated. Progressive Design Build was hired at that time to remodel the interior, with tentative plans to remodel their outdoor living space as a second phase design/build remodel. True to their word, after completing the interior remodel, this young family turned to Progressive Design Build in 2017 to address known zoning regulations and restrictions in their backyard and build an outdoor living space that was fit for entertaining and everyday use. The homeowners wanted a pool and spa, outdoor living room, kitchen, fireplace and covered patio. They also wanted to stay true to their home’s Old Florida style architecture while also adding a Jamaican influence to the ceiling detail, which held sentimental value to the homeowners who honeymooned in Jamaica. Solution To tackle the known zoning regulations and restrictions in the backyard, the homeowners researched and applied for a variance. With the variance in hand, Progressive Design Build sat down with the homeowners to review several design options. These options included: Option 1) Modifications to the original pool design, changing it to be longer and narrower and comply with an existing drainage easement Option 2) Two different layouts of the outdoor living area Option 3) Two different height elevations and options for the fire pit area Option 4) A proposed breezeway connecting the new area with the existing home After reviewing the options, the homeowners chose the design that placed the pool on the backside of the house and the outdoor living area on the west side of the home (Option 1). It was important to build a patio structure that could sustain a hurricane (a Southwest Florida necessity), and provide substantial sun protection. The new covered area was supported by structural columns and designed as an open-air porch (with no screens) to allow for an unimpeded view of the Caloosahatchee River. The open porch design also made the area feel larger, and the roof extension was built with substantial strength to survive severe weather conditions. The pool and spa were connected to the adjoining patio area, designed to flow seamlessly into the next. The pool deck was designed intentionally in a 3-color blend of concrete brick with freeform edge detail to mimic the natural river setting. Bringing the outdoors inside, the pool and fire pit were slightly elevated to create a small separation of space. Result All of the desirable amenities of a screened porch were built into an open porch, including electrical outlets, a ceiling fan/light kit, TV, audio speakers, and a fireplace. The outdoor living area was finished off with additional storage for cushions, ample lighting, an outdoor dining area, a smoker, a grill, a double-side burner, an under cabinet refrigerator, a major ventilation system, and water supply plumbing that delivers hot and cold water to the sinks. Because the porch is under a roof, we had the option to use classy woods that would give the structure a natural look and feel. We chose a dark cypress ceiling with a gloss finish, replicating the same detail that the homeowners experienced in Jamaica. This created a deep visceral and emotional reaction from the homeowners to their new backyard. The family now spends more time outdoors enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of nature. Their professional lives allow them to take a trip to paradise right in their backyard—stealing moments that reflect on the past, but are also enjoyed in the present.
Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara
B St. Design
Ed Gohlich
Patio kitchen - mediterranean patio kitchen idea in San Diego with no cover
Historical - Swiss Avenue
Historical - Swiss Avenue
Alair Homes Dallas
Patio kitchen - mid-sized mediterranean backyard patio kitchen idea in Dallas
Sonoran Luxe
Sonoran Luxe
Mackenzie Collier Interiors
A neutral ombre rug pairs well with the sleek teakwood dining table and chairs. Highlighting the natural tones seen in the scenery around, makes for a seamless patio design.
Palos Verdes Transitional
Palos Verdes Transitional
robertcabrera
Inspiration for a mid-sized transitional backyard concrete paver patio kitchen remodel in Los Angeles
Blue Jay Way
Blue Jay Way
Yoram LePair Architects
Outdoor kitchen deck - mid-sized transitional rooftop outdoor kitchen deck idea in Los Angeles with a pergola
Complete Outdoor Design/Build
Complete Outdoor Design/Build
Stewart Land Designs
Elegant patio kitchen photo in Houston with a gazebo
Westlake Pool Party Grill Zone
Westlake Pool Party Grill Zone
CG&S Design-Build
Photography by Tommy Kile
Inspiration for a large transitional concrete paver porch remodel in Austin with a roof extension
Outdoor Living Space
Outdoor Living Space
Dale's Remodeling
Large elegant backyard patio kitchen photo in Portland with decking and a roof extension
Modern Contemporary
Modern Contemporary
MHK Architecture & Planning
Trendy backyard tile patio kitchen photo in Miami with a roof extension
Outdoor Kitchens
Outdoor Kitchens
Outdoorliving By Kenneth Reilly
Patio kitchen - large traditional backyard concrete paver patio kitchen idea in New York with an awning
Clairborne Model Home by Cinnabar Design
Clairborne Model Home by Cinnabar Design
Cardamon Design
Inspiration for a transitional patio kitchen remodel in Other with a roof extension
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
Boca Raton - New Construction Townhome
Boca Raton - New Construction Townhome
REH Interiors | Restyle Home Staging
Trendy tile patio kitchen photo in Miami with a roof extension
Sammamish Outdoor Living and Backyard Makeover
Sammamish Outdoor Living and Backyard Makeover
Urban Oasis Design & Construction LLC
Jimmy White Photography
Outdoor kitchen deck - large transitional backyard outdoor kitchen deck idea in Seattle 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 43,877 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Stewart Land Designs and Metro Building and Remodeling Group LLC. 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.