If you're firmly in the camp of "outdoor person," then perhaps an open-air food prep area should be your next backyard reno project. But before you get started, consider what elements you'll want in your outdoor kitchen — a pizza oven, a barbecue grill, a refrigerator, or a sink? Once you've answered those questions, you can decide whether you'd prefer to purchase a pre-made kitchen, hire a contractor to build one for you, or take on this DIY project. Whichever route you decide to take, here are a handful of inspired outdoor kitchen ideas. Before you know it, you'll be hosting al fresco dinner parties and indulging in healthy farm-to-table meals at sunset.
1. Opt for a streamlined approach.
2. Spring for a pizza oven.
3. Less is so much more.
The great thing about this kitchen is that there's actually not much to it besides the sink and some basic carpentry. Its cool, stripped down appearance gives this culinary space a modern Scandinavian vibe that blends seamlessly with its natural surroundings. Pro tip: If you don't have plumbing readily available a quick and easy hack would be to connect your sink to a garden hose spigot, and you can drain the water into a nearby flower bed or herb garden.
4. Accentuate your deck.
5. Concrete is your friend.
6. Create an indoor-outdoor space.
A hybrid indoor-outdoor kitchen is the best of both worlds. It allows you to protect major appliances from the elements, while still being able to utilize the outdoor area for prep and barbecue. This kitchen even takes the idea one step further, with a sliding window that connects the indoor kitchen to the cooking area outside.
7. Give your kitchen some privacy.
It may seem strange that this kitchen faces a walkway and a wall, but we like that the food prep station has its own dedicated area in the backyard, separate from the outdoor dining space.
8. Tuck your culinary station away until you need it.
If you want to keep your outdoor kitchen under wraps, then this built-in layout with a large lift-up door is right up your alley. When the kitchen isn't in use, your backyard's good looks will remain flawless while your fancy barbecue stays safe and sound, protected from the elements.
9. Install a fireplace.
10. Try a free-standing kitchen.
A free-standing kitchen is a great option if you don't have the ability to renovate and build a permanent addition in your yard. Consider a modular cooking space instead so you have the freedom to remove part, or all of it, should you change your mind.
11. Embrace your inner minimalist.
There is something simply stunning about this no-frills approach. While the concrete bar might only include counter space and a sink, that's all you really need to make a cool, refreshing pitcher of fresh lemonade or to rinse all of the delicious produce picked from your very own vegetable garden.
12. See the beauty in natural flaws.
13. Don't limit yourself to the backyard.
If you don't have the space, this mini kitchen from Boffi might be your best bet. It includes a refrigerator, drawers, storage compartments, a small cutlery drawer, sockets for electrical appliances, a big chopping board, and a tray. Plus, the entire thing is on wheels so you can take it with you whenever the mood strikes.