How to Make an Outdoor Kitchen Area

How to Make an Outdoor Kitchen Area


An outdoor kitchen area can be as simple as a lawn chair and a charcoal grill. Or it can be an elaborate outside room with lounge chairs, a top of the line barbecue and an outdoor fireplace. Use these essentials to make an outdoor kitchen area your favorite place to entertain.

Step 1

Decide where you want your outdoor kitchen. Patios and decks are easily accessible from the house. If you want your outdoor kitchen to be a permanent installation, the area should be covered.

Step 2

Choose a gas grill. Select one with wheels if you're going to move it. Permanent outdoor grills can be dropped into a countertop. Consider grills with built-in storage, side burners, work and storage space.

Step 3

Install or build countertop work areas. Use weatherproof materials like stainless steel, slate or tile that can be washed after having meats and poultry placed on them.

Step 4

Add an under-counter dorm style refrigerator and a sink.

Step 5

Make sure you have enough GFI outlets to handle electrical appliances, heaters and lights.

Step 6

Create seating areas with comfortable chairs and side tables for family and guests.

Step 7

Include a dining area with table and chairs, or a bar with stools. Allow enough room around the table for traffic flow.

Step 8

Choose light fixtures that provide enough lighting to cook by in the evening but can also be dimmed for romantic meals.

Step 9

Consider adding extras like a wine cooler, patio heaters, an ice machine and a wood-burning stove for pizzas to create a complete outdoor kitchen experience.

Tips and Warnings

  • Make sure the area under the grill can sustain the heat and the weight of the grill. Make sure there is ventilation for the grill.

Things You'll Need

  • Barbecue grill
  • Fridge
  • Sink
  • Lighting
  • Work areas

Who Can Help

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  • Outdoor Kitchen Ideas and Tips
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Meg Jernigan has been writing for more than 30 years. She specializes in travel, cooking and interior decorating. Her offline credits include copyediting two full-length books and creating marketing copy for nonprofit organizations. Jernigan attended George Washington University, majoring in speech and drama.

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