Stainless Steel Outdoor Kitchens
The popularity of stainless steel outdoor kitchens is due to their low cost and high durability. Stainless is also easy to clean because it's not porous like stone and wood. And finding the right stainless steel appliance or accessory is easy.
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.
The benefits of stainless are almost endless. Stainless has a sleek, reflective appearance that will pick up the colors in its environment. It also looks great next to stacked stone, stucco, concrete, and tile. If you decide you want to change the look of your space, stainless will transition with you.
Stainless is great for the outdoors because it's weather resistant. It won't warp in heat or humidity like wood and won't rust in wet weather. Some stainless steel cabinetry and accessories offer extra protection against the elements with weather-tight rain drawer gutters and sealed cabinets and doors.
Your local home store will have a lot of selection in stainless steel. Also check out specialty outdoor retailers for individual components like insulated drawers for everything from ice to trash cans. If you can imagine it in stainless, it's probably out there and your neighborhood home store may be able to order items they don't keep in stock, as well.
There are some parts of kitchens that seem synonymous with stainless, like appliances and sinks, but some parts of your outdoor kitchen may not seem like they lend themselves to stainless. Countertops, cabinetry and even barstools made from stainless steel are actually great options.
If you're working with a smaller area or want to add an island to an existing outdoor kitchen, stainless prep stations are easy to find at restaurant supply stores. They're lightweight and portable so you can take them with you if you move. Cabinets made from stainless are easy to keep clean and beautiful. Their interiors also reflect some light so you'll have additional visibility in otherwise dark corners.
You may think it's unnecessary to mention that nearly every appliance comes finished in stainless steel, but there are a few outdoor options you may want to consider that aren't found in typical indoor kitchens.
Bar items are great in stainless steel and ice drawers are a nice addition for outdoor drink service. Speaking of drawers, a large stainless warming drawer is helpful when grilling or for warming buns and rolls. Also check out stainless utensils, serving ware, bar tools and fixtures to complete your design.
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