Outdoor Kitchen Cabinet Ideas
Depending on where you call home, outdoor cooking can be a major part of your family's culinary experience. New outdoor kitchen cabinet ideas are being used in home renovations, adding functional design space to many homes.
Detail of the outdoor kitchen at the home of Felicia and Kenny Fredieu which underwent a makeover that turned the plain yard that they inherited into a paradise fit to entertain their large family. Felician and Kenny both come from the New Orleans area and love to cook. They inherited the house from Kenny's mom who had a garden and also loved to cook. The design is inspired by the family closeness and the legacy of Kenny's mother and includes an outdoor kitchen, with two smokers, a fan deck to create a destination spot under the existing pepper tree that Kenny's mom planted decades ago, and an outdoor dining area to bring together the large family in style. The stone pavers are inspired by the stone on the front of the house, tying the house to the yard. The deck wall is also to create shade from the hot afternoon sun.
A beautifully designed hardscape includes a full-sized outdoor kitchen with additional built-in seating flanking a cascading fountain adjacent to a dramatic raised pool area. The accompaniment of the expansive green lawn makes this a perfect yard for entertaining families, which includes an in-ground trampoline.
Enjoy all the creature comforts you'd find inside with this outdoor living room and kitchen. Stylish wicker furniture makes up the living room component, while an outdoor cooking station, complete with an integrated grill, serves as the kitchen. A ceiling fan cools the area on warm days, while the fireplace warms chilly nights.
Moroccan-inspired moldings and bright patterned tile lends an Old World feel to this outdoor kitchen. The crew of HGTV's Bang for Your Buck added a stainless steel grill, gas cooktop, sink and dishwater for thoroughly modern cooking power.
An outdoor kitchen adjacent to the family dining area offers well-lighted space for food preparation with bar-height seating, a stainless steel grill, refrigerator and a bluestone footrest.
Every lakeside retreat needs a spacious outdoor kitchen and grilling spot to host year-round parties. This living space is complete with an extra-large patio, retaining wall, dining area, fireplace, custom-built dining table and fireside sofa.
Alex and Gloria get an outdoor room designed by Jamie Durie, a space where they can cook and invite people over and an egyptian design creating a tropical oasis. A water feature runs through the middle of their new backyard, replicating the water channels that run through the city of Cairo. Earthy toned fabric adorns a trellis, to replicate the neutral color palate of the desert. Egyptian papyrus and palm trees surround the yard give the yard with shade, while the back wall of concrete blocks creates the sense of repetition seen in Egypt. A dining area and barbeque complete the look of their newly designed Outdoor Room.
An outdoor kitchen and dining area are connected to a pool to make this backyard the perfect place to entertain on warm days, while an outdoor fireplace provides a toasty seating area for chillier nights.
Scenic of the outdoor bar area at the home of Matt and Zena Welker which underwent a makeover that turned their dust farm full of dead fruit trees and weeds which has been overrun by their dogs, into a fun filled tropical retreat for the couple and their dogs to entertain friends and their dogs with a relaxing place to cook and drink as well as play games. The unsightly eyesore of a garage, which had no doors on it, was painted and had doors put in place. The perimeter wall and the back of the house were painted subtle colors to bring it all together and get rid of the blah or awkward colors that were there. The back of the yard was sectioned off for the dogs to have their own play area, complete with a custom made doggie duplex and a smaller, more functional trampoline, rather than the oversized wedding gift trampoline that was falling apart in the yard. The dust bowl was replaced by a yard full of sod, which doubles as the play yard for horseshoes, and bean bag tosses. There is now a hot tub for the couple to enjoy their private time together and a deck and pergola to provide shade on the back of the house along with an outdoor bar. The yard now has an eclectic style, with an element of tropics as well as fun and games.
Outdoor kitchens can range from the simplest grill space to an elaborate dream kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances, countertop surfaces, and all the bells and whistles. Regardless of the size of your outdoor kitchen, there is one universal truth that all outdoor kitchen renovators must keep in mind: All building materials in an outdoor kitchen must be able to stand up to the elements. This is especially important when choosing your outdoor cabinets.
It is of utmost importance to keep the weather in your particular regional climate in mind when choosing materials for your outdoor kitchen cabinets. While most outdoor grills and appliances are going to be stainless steel, and most countertops will be stone to hold up to the weather, you have a few options for outdoor cabinet materials that are both weather- and termite-proof. Some of these materials include stainless steel, marine-grade polymer, teak and stone.
Stainless steel is a good material to use for outdoor kitchen cabinets as it likely matches your grill and outdoor appliances, and it is weather- and bug-proof. The type or grade of metal typically used in outdoor cabinets is 304 stainless steel, as it is the most resistant to corrosion and staining. The construction of stainless steel is important to its durability over time. Welded corners are the best, with hardware and drawer pulls also made of the same material. You might want to incorporate wind chains into your stainless steel doors as well so that your cabinet doors don't blow open in extreme weather or storms. One consideration when choosing stainless steel outdoor cabinets is that they can get expensive depending on how many you need and the details you incorporate into their design. Also they can get hot when exposed to the sun, which can make food prep more difficult on a very hot day.
Another popular outdoor kitchen cabinet material is marine-grade polymer. Polymer is a synthetic material like a plastic. Marine-grade is the type used in the outdoors for its ability to get wet and its UV-resistant nature. Marine-grade polymer is popular in outdoor kitchens because it can be hosed down for cleaning with no damage, and it holds up to the harshest of elements. It also is stain-resistant and comes in more than one color in case you want to break up the monotony of an all-stainless-steel look in your outdoor kitchen design.
Teak is a desirable wood material used in outdoor kitchens; it gives a classic, sophisticated look that many homeowners find appealing. While teak is a wood, and therefore not as weather-resistant as steel or polymer, it possesses natural attributes that make it more weather-resistant than other forms of wood. Teak is a very expensive material to use in outdoor cabinets. It also can fade over time depending on the finish or stain used, similar to an outdoor deck or other outdoor furniture, making it a more high-maintenance material.
Finally, for a completely custom outdoor cabinet look, you can chose masonry cabinets that use a cement block or metal frame covered in a decorative stone to create a natural stone look. Stone is also highly weather-resistant, and stone cabinets provide a built-in look that many homeowners seek. Because of the custom nature of how these cabinets are built, labor costs can be significant when using these materials to create your cabinets.
Whether you want to create an outdoor kitchen for simple backyard BBQs or elegant parties and entertaining, finding the right materials for your outdoor kitchen cabinets—and therefore ensuring that they'll hold up to the weather where you live—is an essential step in creating a long-lasting and enjoyable outdoor dining space.
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