Your Guide to Outdoor Kitchens

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You don’t have to put the fun on hold when heading inside to the kitchen. Instead, bring the kitchen outside. Heighten your enjoyment for the outdoors with a full bar and beautiful kitchen — right in your backyard. With countless options and styles to choose from, there’s a kitchen concept to match anyone’s lifestyle. 

Not only are they a great addition to your home, they’re becoming more lucrative for a home’s value. According to Absolute Outdoor Kitchen’s Buyers Guide, “CNN Money, About.com and Remodeling Magazine support that outdoor kitchens nationally return 100% to 200% of the improvement cost.”

Today, there are many materials, features, and styles to choose from. Whether you’re looking to rehab your current outdoor kitchen or build one brand new, it’s important to take into account these must-have features for your space.

Types of Outdoor Kitchen Materials

Outdoor kitchens come in all shapes and sizes. Picking a material is your chance to show your style. From wood to stone to stainless steel, your kitchen can be fully customized to fit your aesthetic and complement the look of your existing outdoor space. Here are several materials that can blend your home to your pool or other outdoor landscape.

Wood

Wood gives you that inviting and warm feeling when you see it. The natural look and grain in the wood show off the beautiful craftsmanship that went into it. Wood is a popular look for many outdoor spaces as it easily blends the outdoor feel with the rest of your home while also being cost-effective. Wood also comes in many types and can be stained to any color you choose. Wood is a great finish but it comes with some upkeep. With the wood being exposed to natural elements and extreme weather depending on where you live, the material must be treated accordingly. Nevertheless, wood is a great option when choosing a material to build your outdoor kitchen due to its natural look and charm.

Masonry

Resistant to the outdoor elements, stone has a wide variety of options to choose from as well. Stone is also appealing to people as you can place your grill or cooler inside the stone, giving it the “built-in” look you’re going for. Although stone has that natural look, it’s quite laborious to put together, making the cost of installation a little pricey. Stone is still a great material to tie your overall landscape together and give you the rustic look you’re striving for.

Polymer Cabinets

These types of cabinets are made from a synthetic material similar to plastic. Also known as high-density polyethylene (HDPE), this material is often used for boats. These cabinets provide a nice finish and also are resistant to rust, rotting, and other forms of deterioration. However, polymer cabinets are known to fade in color over time if exposed to direct sunlight due to the high levels of UV rays. Due to its plastic material, these cabinets can also expand and contract in hot and cold weather, resulting in warping. Polymer cabinets are still worth considering, as they’re durable against rotting and offer a nice sleek look.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel’s sleek design and easiness to clean makes it a fan favorite among most people. Steel is also weather-resistant and can be installed in a couple hours, allowing you to enjoy your backyard space in no time. Although stainless steel is nearly indestructible, it’s important to keep these appliances away from large temperature-swing areas and large amounts of moisture such as sea salt. However, due to the structural integrity of the appliances, they will not warp, bend, or compromise in shape.

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

Your outdoor kitchens are unique as they’re an opportunity to show some personality in your space. Customize your space with a large grill or seating area to entertain while you prepare a meal. Install a couple TVs and a bar so you never miss a moment of the game’s action while making a drink. Here are some of our favorite ideas for turning your backyard into the perfect outdoor kitchen (the possibilities are limitless!).

Pergola and Pavilion

Provide yourself with shade and protection from the elements with a custom pergola or pavilion. With dozens of styles and materials to choose from, our expert builders can help you build your perfect covering for all your parties and get-togethers.

Outdoor Bar

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Show off your bartending skills with a full bar and seating to watch you create refreshing piña coladas and margaritas on a summer afternoon. A liquor cabinet or a wine cooler can also be added to cover everyone’s favorite preference.

Refrigerator

This is a must-have for any kitchen. Save those trips to your indoor refrigerator and instead, add a miniature fridge to your outdoor kitchen. Keep your food fresh and refrigerated until it’s time to start cooking. It’s important to note that a building permit isn’t needed to build an outdoor kitchen but a permit will most likely be needed for any electrical or plumbing work.

Grill

stainless steel grill

Nothing goes together better than outdoors and grilling. Adding a grill to your kitchen is the perfect way to cook burgers and hot dogs while still being involved in the fun going on outside. Charcoal or gas, it doesn’t matter as you can cook your favorite meals and entertain all summer long. If it fits the look you’re going for, look at our stainless steel grills by Lion BBQ for minimal maintenance and a nice looking finish to your outdoor kitchen. Louisiana Grills are another line of stainless steel grills. These grills are unique as they combine both the smoking and grilling parts under one hood fed by wood pellets.

Pizza Oven

Forget about delivery when you have a pizza oven in your outdoor kitchen. If you have the space, a wood fire pizza oven is a great addition to your outdoor kitchen. Dazzle your friends with your oven as you can expand your food options to roasted meats, calzones, and seafood all in your oven.

Smoker

Brisket, pork, chicken, turkey, you name it — smoke your favorite meats right while you enjoy the outdoors. Depending on your smoking preferences, we can install your Kamado Joe Grill for a seamless look to your kitchen or detached for portable use. 

Fire Pit

outdoor fire pit

After you finish dinner using your outdoor grill or pizza oven, use the fire pit for marshmallows and s’mores. Fire pits are a versatile part of outdoor fun as they provide a warm ambiance in the evening, a perfect place to roast marshmallows, and a source of heat during the chilly nights. The perfect feature as a center point of your dining area, it gives you a place to unwind and relax after a long day of outdoor fun.

Outdoor kitchens are a perfect way to spend time enjoying your property. Let Havenscapes help you build the perfect outdoor retreat for you and your family. With years of experience and dozens of projects completed, we can transform your outdoor kitchen dream into reality. With so many options to get the most out of your space, you’ll never want to go back inside. Contact us today to learn more.