Ready for a crash course in outdoor kitchen
it's time to dream up what your fresh-air kitchen will look like,
feel like, and be like.
outdoor cabinets make all the difference.
They add style, boost
convenience and function, and tie together the entire
outdoor kitchen theme.
What's on your wish
list -- teak or stainless steel -- built-in or
Not sure yet?
Then jump-start your
imagination with The Guide To Outdoor Kitchen
We'll have your outdoor
kitchen behaving like an indoor kitchen in no
kitchen cabinet isn't just for storage.
They also anchor your
outdoor kitchen appliances. And they're structural support for your
outdoor kitchen island,
sink, and countertops.
No doubt about it!
Built-in outdoor kitchen cabinets are top-of-the-line,
But they're not the
only way to get a high-end look.
Whether you choose
built-in or portable, every outdoor kitchen only has 3
Portable Outdoor Kitchen
Portable is the
operative word for a lot of us to realize our outdoor
No worries! There's
Outdoor kitchens are
a growth industry. So "the industry" is making
more affordable alternatives available than ever before.
And I'm all about affordable alternatives.
There are lots of
benefits to keeping it basic.
Beer taps and
recessed stainless steel paper towel holders are both
good options. But if you keep it basic, you can get an
uptown look with downtown dollars.
Think grilling carts,
bar carts, potting benches, and wood or plastic storage
benches along with a stainless steel kitchen cabinet or
Even a stainless
steel worktable with a rack at the bottom can be used to
store your outdoor kitchen essentials.
In fact, you can turn
all sorts of things into outdoor kitchen
An old bucket filled
with ice becomes temporary storage as an alfresco
Or a teak cooler with
lid doubles as a bench or small side table during the
party. And when the party's over, spill out the ice,
wipe it down, and fill it with whatever you need to
Or you can dedicate a
space inside the house to store only those items you use
Built-in Outdoor Kitchen
Portable is fabulous.
But if you want a setup with all the bells and whistles,
then by all means, upgrade!
If you can dream it,
you can have it. And the more ambitious your outdoor
kitchen dreams, the more functional your outdoor cook
zone should be.
You want the
convenience of having cooking utensils, ingredients and
such close at hand.
You'd never settle
for limited, inconvenient storage indoors. So why settle
for it outdoors?
Your outdoor setup
demands all the indoor amenities.
kitchen cabinets range from off-the-shelf, to
ready-to-assemble, to completely
They come in
stainless steel, polymer, mahogany, teak, ipe, cedar and
redwood. Here are some particulars for your
Steel or anodized
board attached to frame
There's lots of variety
in cabinet types.
Specialty stores will
carry a limited number of options.
And not every
landscape architect, designer, or builder will know the
finer details of all the options out there.
A builder will
be familiar with custom wood framing.
architects and designers will surely be comfortable with
masonry construction and modular systems.
And home centers
and specialty stores will likely be limited to
ready-made grilling islands or modular units.
a quick rundown on all your built-in outdoor kitchen
Ready-Made Grilling Island -
Ready-Modular Cabinets -
Modular Framing Systems -
finish & counter
Custom Wood Frames -
Custom Masonry Frames
budget, and taste will all be deciding factors in what
exterior cabinet finishes you choose. Get what moves
Natural Stone - $$-$$$
Engineered Stone - $$
Brick Outdoor Kitchen
Porcelain Tile - $
Stucco - $
of colors options
Polymer - $
of color options
Stainless Steel - $$$
Wood - $-$$
redwood, mahogany, teak, ipe
Cabinet Doors &
choose a ready-made grilling island or a modular unit,
you'll also need cabinet doors -- either purchased
separately or custom built.
grills have matching powder-coated steel