Modular Outdoor Kitchen Kits and Accessories

Turning your backyard or patio into a chef's paradise is easier than ever thanks to prefab modular kitchen kits and accessories.
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Prefabricated outdoor kitchen kits are an easy, budget-friendly way to add a kitchen to your backyard or patio. Modular outdoor kitchens are available in a variety of styles with popular accessories like compact refrigerators, stainless steel cabinets and custom countertops.

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This family grills on their outside patio on a grill with a bar attached so the whole family can enjoy a meal outside. The patio is adorned with simple landscaping.

 

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.

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This outdoor kitchen offers an ideal place to entertain on a warm day. The stylish island countertop provides ample space for food preparation and display, making this kitchen area a grilling chef's dream.

From: Katrina Fairchild

Outdoor kitchen with firepit area.

Outdoor entertaining area with grill and stone fireplace, bar area with chairs, pond with plants, rocks, and flowers, nighttime view of outdoor room.

From: Chad Robert

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.

A fully equipped kitchen is nestled between the landscaping to allow for dining while enjoying nature. The bar height with seating allows the cook to carry on conversations with guests while preparing food. Design by Paul Wrona

A blown-glass vessel sink, marble countertops and ornate accessories lend luxury to this outdoor kitchen designed by Donna Moss of Donna Decorates Dallas.

The wood-paneled roof keeps the cooking area shaded and prevents the space from being affected by the harsh weather conditions of the snowbelt region.

From: Laura Suglia-Isgro

Large outdoor kitchen at night with tiled floor, columns, lighting, dark cabinets, table and chairs, and sitting areas.

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.

A full-size kitchen, a cascading fountain and a raised pool flank the large lawn area, which features an in-ground trampoline, making this a perfect spot for entertaining families. Design by Christopher J. Grubb

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From: Claudia Schmutzler

Tropical bar design in this outdoor landscape with glass chip countertop, grill, tall tropical trees and landscape.

Outdoor kitchen area with stone fireplace, blue outdoor seating with table, bar area with grill, concrete floor, and tree wall for privacy.

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.

 

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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.

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Outdoor living room of the HGTV Dream Home 2012 located in Midway, Utah

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Outdoor kitchen with wood grain, stainless steel grill, new countertop, hood, mini fridge, and sink area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Choosing prefab rather than having an outdoor kitchen custom-designed cuts down on time and cost because the design work is already done for you. Choose from stacked stone, granite, tile or stucco to create the outdoor kitchen that looks best with your existing space.

Just because outdoor kitchen kits are prefabricated doesn't mean you can't have a custom look. Many companies that offer prefab kits that can be arranged or finished to fit your desired style. Outdoor kitchen kit manufacturer WerEver offers a variety of custom styles and materials to suit your specific needs. They also manufacture unfinished kits that you can finish however you like. With a little DIY know-how, you can paint, stucco or stack stone to give your outdoor kitchen the look you want.

Building an outdoor kitchen using traditional construction may take weeks, not to mention the cost of labor. However, constructing an outdoor kitchen using a prefab kit can take as little as four hours. This could reduce your budget by as much as 40 percent, and your outdoor kitchen will be ready to use the very same day.

Outdoor kitchen kits are designed to be a do-it-yourself project, so a level surface is the main requirement for installation. Many modular outdoor kitchens are easily installed on concrete, brick or pavers with little to no additional labor costs. Depending on your budget and the space where it will go, your kitchen may require plumbing, gas or electricity. You may want to speak with a contractor about the cost and logistics of installing these before you order a prefab kit.

When you're designing your outdoor kitchen, start at the top. What are the most important functions you want your outdoor kitchen to serve? If you have a smaller space, stick with the basics like a grill and some counter and cabinet space. Modular outdoor kitchens can be designed to fit narrow, rounded, or otherwise hard-to-fit areas. For smaller spaces like a patio or deck, choose an outdoor kitchen island with a propane grill and compact refrigerator.

If you have a larger area to work with, you can include extra counter space and a bar area with seating for family and friends, or go high-end with accessories like a pizza oven and a wine cooler.

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