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Ultimate NW Contemporary Architecture
Ultimate NW Contemporary Architecture
Kritsonis Lindor
Patio kitchen - huge transitional side yard concrete patio kitchen idea in Seattle with a roof extension
Patio Door
Patio Door
21st Century Doors & Windows
21st Century Doors & Windows
Patio kitchen - large traditional backyard brick patio kitchen idea in Orange County with no cover
Somis Residence
Somis Residence
CJ Paone AIA | Archipelago Workshop
View from one of two second story viewing decks shows geometrically angled, tiered steps and planters leading beyond the Argentinean barbecue to the pool and cabana beyond. Surfaces include natural stone pavers, reclaimed wood decking, gravel, and acid etched concrete | Kurt Jordan Photography
Tropical Oasis, Palm Beach
Tropical Oasis, Palm Beach
McCann Design Group
Inspiration for a tropical patio kitchen remodel in Miami with a roof extension
2015 Remodel - Pro Photos
2015 Remodel - Pro Photos
DeSantis Landscapes
Patio kitchen - large contemporary backyard concrete paver patio kitchen idea in Portland with a roof extension
Timberwolf New House
Timberwolf New House
Timberwolf Designs
Mid-sized minimalist backyard patio kitchen photo in Other with a roof extension
Houston Patio Addition With Double Pergola, Outdoor Kitchen & Travertine Tile
Houston Patio Addition With Double Pergola, Outdoor Kitchen & Travertine Tile
InnovationLand
We love this rustic-modern Houston patio addition with an outdoor kitchen and double pergola! It not only made the most of a long, narrow space while satisfying strict homeowners association rules, but did so affordably in a warm, timeless style. “The client really enjoys outdoor living, but had a specific budget they wanted to meet,” explains Outdoor Homescapes owner Wayne Franks. “They also live on a golf course and had to meet particular HOA requirements.” The HOA requirements restricted how far back the new 450-square-foot patio and pergola could extend back into the yard. The HOA also wanted to make sure the patio’s colors and materials matched the existing home and others around it. “We chose colors and materials that offered texture and character, but that would go with just about anything around it,” says Wayne. “We found what we were looking for in the Fantastico travertine and Austin limestone – two materials clients love and just can’t go wrong with.” The Austin limestone facing the 8-foot-square, L-shaped kitchen island is dry-stacked in a castle pattern for a naturalistic, rustic look. Yet its light, neutral color keeps the style fresh and modern. Adding to the modern look are the stainless steel appliances: an RCS 30-inch stainless steel grill, double burner and outdoor fridge. Even though the finishes on the sink and light fixtures (Hunter pendant lamps and Hampton Bay light/fan combos) have a different finish – oil-rubbed-bronze – this actually follows the recent trend of mixing different metals, materials and finishes. “The look’s not so matchy-matchy anymore,” explains Wayne. “Mixing it up makes it look more authentic and personalized.” That’s why backsplashes like the one in this project – done in glass and metal mosaic – are also becoming more popular than traditional ceramic tile. Another recent trend can be seen here, too – an amping up of color variation and texture. “In addition to the split-face texture of the rock, you can definitely see the bold color variation in the travertine,” says Wayne. The flooring is a Fantastico travertine, laid out in a Versailles pattern. “The Fantastico tile is killer,” says Wayne. “The warm reds go great with red brick, which we have a lot of around here.” The countertop with the rounded, raised bar at the end is English walnut travertine. The red bar stools also add a pop of exciting color that contrasts nicely with the greenery around the patio. The double pergola, continues Wayne, is No. 2 pine stained a Minwax honey-gold. One side of the pergola – the side over the seating area – is covered with Lexan, a clear material that keeps out rain, heat and UV rays. The pergola also juts further into the yard on that side. “It’s called a scallop, and it just lends some visual interest,” explains Wayne. “It prevents the pergola from just looking like one big rectangular hunk of wood.” Wayne particularly likes how everything blended so well with the brick – which was a big concern – yet didn’t come off as too neutral or boring. “The Fantastico travertine and red chairs do an excellent job of pulling the red from the brick and working with the warmth of that color to make a super-inviting space,” says Wayne. “We’re really pleased with how it all ties together so well.”
Fire Magic Grills
Fire Magic Grills
Fire Magic Grills - Robert H Peterson Company
Example of a mid-sized transitional backyard patio kitchen design in Los Angeles with decking and a roof extension
Custom Patio doors
Custom Patio doors
Wood Windows, Inc.
Milgard Essence fiberglass clad / wood interior sliding door.Lifetime warranty that includes accidental glass breakage.
Example of a mid-sized trendy backyard patio kitchen design in Boise with a roof extension
Menlo Park VI
Menlo Park VI
Zaharias Design
Covered patio with built in barbecue and warming drawer. Chandelier, heaters and skylights for year round enjoyment. Photo by Bernard Andre
Transitional stone patio kitchen photo in San Francisco with a roof extension
Covered Patio and Exterior Painting
Covered Patio and Exterior Painting
Hardy's Painting
Example of a mid-sized arts and crafts backyard concrete paver patio kitchen design in Dallas with a roof extension
Outdoor Kitchen East Cobb with Green Egg
Outdoor Kitchen East Cobb with Green Egg
Atlanta Curb Appeal
Beautiful outdoor kitchen with Custom Granite Surround Big Green Egg, Granite Countertops, Bamboo Accents, Cedar Decking, Kitchen Aid Grill and Cedar Pergola Overhang by East Cobb Contractor, Atlanta Curb Appeal
Aqualane Shores - 1925 6th Street South
Aqualane Shores - 1925 6th Street South
VIV Homes
Trendy patio kitchen photo in Miami with a roof extension
Unilock Umbriano patio with Legstone and Town Hall walkway accent
Unilock Umbriano patio with Legstone and Town Hall walkway accent
Unilock
Umbriano patio with Legstone and Town Hall walkway accent.
Trendy backyard concrete paver patio kitchen photo in Other with a pergola
Outdoor & BBQ
Outdoor & BBQ
Moriah Remodeling & Construction
Moriah Remodeling and Construction, Inc.
Patio kitchen - mid-sized mediterranean backyard stone patio kitchen idea in Los Angeles with no cover
Ponte Vedra Contemporary
Ponte Vedra Contemporary
Aria Homes, Inc.
Jessie Preza Photography
Large trendy patio kitchen photo in Jacksonville
1040 South Ocean Boulevard | Delray Beach, FL | Contemporary Estate
1040 South Ocean Boulevard | Delray Beach, FL | Contemporary Estate
Pascal Liguori & Son
Inspiration for a coastal backyard patio kitchen remodel in Miami with a roof extension
Chicago Outdoor Kitchen
Chicago Outdoor Kitchen
Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet
Mr. and Mrs. Eades, the owners of this Chicago home, were inspired to build a Kalamazoo outdoor kitchen because of their love of cooking. “The grill became the center point for doing our outdoor kitchen,” Mr. Eades noted. After working long days, Mr. Eades and his wife, prefer to experiment with new recipes in the comfort of their own home. The Hybrid Fire Grill is the focal point of this compact outdoor kitchen. Weather-tight cabinetry was built into the masonry for storage, and an Artisan Fire Pizza Oven sits atop the countertop and allows the Eades’ to cook restaurant quality Neapolitan style pizzas in their own backyard.
Custom Homes
Custom Homes
Castle Rock Custom Homes
Inspiration for a mid-sized timeless backyard stone patio kitchen remodel in Orlando with a roof extension
Villa Palma
Villa Palma
DeSanctis Enterprises
Backyard outdoor kitchen deck photo in Miami with a roof extension

Complete the al fresco dining experience by doing the actual cooking in your own outdoor kitchen. Enjoy the open-air adventure of grilling up some burgers, prepping the toppings and serving it all up without ever having to go inside and miss out on the action. Whether you plan to do a simple grill area or a fully stocked prep-and-cook layout, check out the following outdoor kitchen ideas to make the most of your new space.

Focus on the Features

While you could just stick a grill on the patio and call it a day, the fun in creating an amazing outdoor kitchen is adding all of the special features you need (or just want) to make it a desirable experience. Similar to cooking indoors, you’ll likely want to build a spot where you aren’t separated from the rest of the party. This can easily be accomplished with a few bar stools pulled right up to a counter, or can also mean a nearby lounge area that’s within earshot of the cook. Regardless of your budget, there are plenty of common and coveted additions you can use to create a complete kitchen outside:

Cooking:

  • Grill (built in or freestanding)
  • Smoker
  • Pizza oven
  • Stove or cooktop
  • Conventional oven
  • Ventilation (especially in a covered area)
  • Herb garden (doubles as bug repellent)

Entertaining:

  • Fire pit
  • Fireplace
  • Bartop
  • Seating
  • Dining spot
  • Outdoor TV
  • Speakers
  • Shade cover

Prep and storage:

  • Countertops
  • Storage cabinets
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator or cooler
  • Sink
  • Trashcan

Lighting and electrical:

  • Overhead lighting
  • Ceiling fan
  • Electrical outlets
  • Heater

Location, Location, Location

Locate your outdoor kitchen close to the main house for multiple reasons, the most important being easy access to plumbing, gas and electrical lines. Close proximity to your home also makes bringing supplies to and from an indoor kitchen much simpler when you don’t have to maneuver a backyard obstacle course. You’ll also want to consider the view; if you’ll be manning the grill, are you staring at a wall or can you see what’s happening in the rest of the yard and be part of the conversation? Also keep in mind the sun, rain and wind — the addition of a pergola, awning or even the cover of a tree can provide much needed protection (just make sure your don’t use combustible materials, especially when open flames are involved). Think about which of these factors is important to you and plan your outdoor kitchen design accordingly.

Since your new patio kitchen will be located outdoors, it’s important that you use the correct materials to ensure it lasts long into the future. You’ll want materials that are:

  • Weather Resistant: Harsh sun and rain will do a number on typical indoor materials. Ensure your new outside kitchen will last by using materials that withstand the elements, like teak, concrete, granite, engineered quartz and stainless steel to name a few.
  • Rot Resistant: Moisture can quickly destroy the wrong types of wood and have you replacing your outdoor cabinets and counters sooner than you expected. Stick with outdoor-friendly woods like teak, opt for man-made materials or be prepared to apply a sealer regularly.
  • Heat Resistant: You’ll likely want to place hot items, including food, dishes and cooking utensils, directly on the countertop. Use a heat-resistant counter material so you don’t have to worry about damaging them. These include engineered quartz, concrete and stainless steel, among others.
  • Low Maintenance: Anything that can be hosed off and wiped down easily will make for quick cleanup. Stay away from porous stones, like marble, and unsealed wood that can absorb liquids and stains.

Whether you want inspiration for planning an outdoor kitchen renovation or are building a designer outdoor kitchen from scratch, Houzz has 43,304 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Zaharias Design and Hardy's Painting. Look through outdoor kitchen pictures in different colors and styles and when you find an outdoor kitchen design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful outdoor kitchen photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.