Hampton Pavilion with a Burkholder Brothers Hardscape Design.

Amazing Outdoor Kitchen Designs that will Inspire Entertaining

People today are taking grilling and outdoor entertaining to the next level! Outdoor kitchens have become the latest trend in backyard living. According to CNN, “Seventy-five percent of Americans own an outdoor grill or smoker and over 79.1 million Americans have grilled out in the past year.” The No. 1 grilling holiday is Fourth of July while other popular days include Memorial Day, Father’s Day and Labor Day. People spend a lot of time cooking outside!
Why not join the crowd and create a space in your backyard for entertaining and grilling? We have a few outdoor Summer 2018 kitchen trends that inspire outdoor living!

Outdoor Kitchens, Country Lane Style

Pizza Ovens:

alpine gazeboWho doesn’t like pizza? Pizza Ovens have become an outside commodity for outdoor entertaining. The taste of pizza baked in a pizza oven is rustic and incredible. If you like family-style meals to entertain your guests or passionate about a great slice, a pizza oven is an incredible feature to add to your backyard.
Our Alpine Pavilion to the left is an excellent example of creating a kitchen that facilitates all the pizza goodness. The old-world feel of the Alpine transports you to the hillside of Italy, which creates a unique ambiance to your space.

Kingston Pergola

Kingston Pergola

Barbecue Grill and Prep Stations:

Convenience is a must in an outdoor kitchen. Adding a station for both grilling food and prepping the food has become quite popular with customers. Consider creating a space that has the advantage of prepping and cooking in one place, while you entertain your guests. The station can be large or small, to accommodate your backyard needs. Include some counter space for better food preparation and cooking ease.
The barbecue grill and prep station under this Kingston Pergola is a good example of creating enough space to work at the grill and use the countertop to prep food. This owner included a fridge to keep the food fresh for grilling.

A Kitchen and Pool Bar Combination:

Alpine Wood Pavilion

Alpine Wood Pavilion

It comes down to what fits your lifestyle and entertaining style. If you have a pool or want to add one to your backyard, consider adding an outdoor kitchen to go next to the pool. Poolside entertaining now includes a lavish grilling and cooking place while sitting poolside.
The previous Alpine image and the one to the left, demonstrate the diversity of the Alpine. This Alpine has a kitchen and bar next to a pool. Complete with all the amenities to make pool party entertaining incredible.

Furniture and Appliances:

Indoor spaces always include amenities like a dishwasher, fridge, or a sink. The trend now is to include a fridge, sink, and a dishwasher in an outdoor kitchen for added convenience. Balancing dirty dishes or food trays is now a struggle of the past! It may be worth considering the benefit of having either a sink, fridge, or dishwasher in your outdoor kitchen.
The Traditional Vinyl Pavilion to the right demonstrates the variety of appliances you can add to an outdoor kitchen. This customer created a space that is focused on dining outdoors. Grill, fridge, mini stove top, dishwasher are just a few examples of adding your own touch to outdoor living.

Traditional Vinyl Pavilion

Traditional Vinyl Pavilion

Outdoor furnishings are not really new, but the combination of furnishings and a kitchen trend is changing the way we view outdoor living. It is popular to have a space that facilitates entertaining. A kitchen and a living space with furniture is a great way to promote entertaining while cooking. It lets your guests feel comfortable while you cook and allows you to join the conversation!
The same Traditional Vinyl Pavilion demonstrates enhancing a space with furniture. They chose to create a comfortable space using patio furniture.
Whether your space and budget are large or small, you can create an outdoor kitchen space that creates fun feasting, exceptional entertaining and expresses your personal style.

Want more ideas! Check out our Outdoor Kitchen board on Pinterest. Also, learn more about the structures featured on our blog here.

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grill on deck

The large main image is a Hampton Pavilion