Whether you enjoy entertaining for special occasions, hiring a private chef to throw spectacular dinner parties for your closest friends, or simply want to indulge in an intimate meal surrounded by nature’s splendor, an outdoor kitchen can provide your home or property with the luxury outdoor living upgrade you need.

Here are 5 tips for designing the perfect outdoor kitchen 

1. Choose a design that blends with your home and landscape

When choosing a design for your outdoor kitchen, try to incorporate architectural details and finishes that complement your home’s exterior and the surrounding landscape. If you choose a more natural feel, the blues and grays of organically shaped natural stone provides the perfect outdoor kitchen hardscape. For a rustic or contemporary kitchen, precast pavers come in a variety of colors and textures.

2. Select the best layout for your outdoor kitchen

There are many ways to design the layout of your outdoor kitchen. A straight wall, L-shape, and U-shape are popular options. The straight design is ideal if you’d like to have a space for cooking and prep, but don’t need much storage or counter space. For instance, you could incorporate a freestanding island that doubles as storage, serving space, or even a bar with taps for beer and wine.

The L-shape designed outdoor kitchen allows space for more appliances, sinks, and storage without closing in the chef.

A U-shape offers the most space for a full culinarian kitchen with multiple appliances, tons of prep space, and counter space for buffet-style dinners. You could also incorporate a freestanding island, for example, that doubles as storage, serving space, or even a bar with taps for beer and wine.

3. Consider the best flow for your outdoor kitchen

What are the main reasons you’ll use this outdoor living space? Dinner parties and large gatherings require more room and your design should include extra open space for your guests’ comfort. Try adding an island with bar stools or a connecting covered stone patio. But intimate family dinners or Sunday brunch for two should allow details that make the space feel cozier. A fireplace, bar, or seating can help.

4. Select the ideal appliances for your outdoor kitchen

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When selecting appliances for your outdoor living space, remember some are built into the hardscape, like refrigerators, grills, or taps. Others are kept on the exterior, like stereo systems, TVs so you’ll never miss a game, or elegant lighting fixtures. Choose appliances that complement your stonework and the surrounding environment. Stainless steel is a popular weather-resistant choice that blends nicely with natural stone, pavers, or other hardscape materials.

5. Create an inviting atmosphere in your outdoor kitchen

Photo courtesy Kalamazoo Gourmet

Select furniture made to withstand the elements, efficient lighting, and stunning stemware for those dinner parties you’ll be hosting.

With the right design, you’ll create a stunning outdoor kitchen that your guests will never want to leave.

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