Luxury Outdoor Kitchens

From grilling to pizza ovens and more, a luxurious outdoor kitchen can transform your backyard into a cook's paradise.
An outdoor entertainment space for friends and family to watch sporting events and movies, as well as have great audio and Wifi coverage throughout the home and outdoor space.


An outdoor entertainment space for friends and family to watch sporting events and movies, as well as have great audio and Wifi coverage throughout the home and outdoor space.

Photo by: William Psolka

William Psolka

By: Margaret Grigsby

A luxury outdoor kitchen is the best way to show off your design style and culinary creativity. Outdoor kitchens can include everything in your indoor kitchen and much more, and your only limitation on luxury is your own budget.

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Pizza ovens, wine and beverage chillers, gas or charcoal grills and fire and water features are all readily available for outdoor kitchens and you may be surprised how budget-friendly some of these items can be.

Designing an outdoor kitchen will take a little organization and a lot of creativity. The first thing to consider is the size of the area you want to use. Then make a list of the items you want to include in your outdoor kitchen. Also think about using materials that will stand up to the elements like granite, stainless steel, and stacked stone.

Having a variety of ways to cook outdoors is the best way to elevate the appeal of your outdoor kitchen. A pizza oven, fryer, smoker, griddle and gas cooktop in addition to your grills will draw you and your guests to the outdoors more often than and make your outdoor kitchen feel like a destination.

Adding a wood fire or gas pizza oven is one way to make your outdoor kitchen a destination apart from your indoor kitchen. Homemade pizza can be made outside any time of the year and is fun for the family or for entertaining a group. Outdoor pizza ovens are a great way to get started planning for your outdoor kitchen.

Another cooking option to consider is a smoker. The popularity of home smokers makes finding the perfect option for your outdoor kitchen easy.

If you want an outdoor kitchen but need to be a little more budget-conscious, prefabricated outdoor kitchen kits are available in a variety of styles with a number of popular accessories like compact refrigerators, stainless steel cabinets, custom countertops and dining space. 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.

Just because outdoor kitchen kits are prefabricated doesn't mean you can't have a custom look. Choose from stacked stone, granite, tile or stucco to create the high-end outdoor kitchen you'll love. Outdoor kitchen kit manufacturers offer a variety of custom styles and materials to suit your specific needs.

The most popular material used in upscale outdoor kitchens is stainless steel. Stainless is beautiful, easy to clean and has a long lifespan. It also stands up to outdoor elements, and the popularity of stainless makes finding all of the accessories you can dream up easily available. Everything from cabinetry and drawers to outdoor refrigerators and pizza ovens come in stainless steel and look beautiful next to granite, stacked stone, wood and more.

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