03 November 2008

Kitchen Outdoor next to the house
Protected by the walls of the house and garage, this outdoor kitchen is buffered from harsh weather. The vine-covered pergola adds further shelter.

Even you have a large culinary space in outdoor, some of the preparation will happen in the inside kitchen. It’ easier to run in and fetch tool or ingredients if the outdoor kitchen close to the house.

Advantages :
  • Convenience because this location is simpler and less expensive to run water, electricity, and natural gas out to the outdoor kitchen.
  • Food transport outside also be easier.
  • If the outdoor kitchen is attached to the house, you can make a pass-through, or use a window as a pass-through. It’s function as a serving place in the indoor kitchen and a landing place when things are going out to and coming in from the outdoor kitchen.
  • Outdoor space is buffered from weather by the walls of the building, especially if attached to the house. Winds will be considerably less fierce, rain and snow may infiltrate less, and the wear of weather on the kitchen elements may be moderated.
Disadvantages :
  • An attached outdoor kitchen may not really feel like the outdoors, because it occupies a space so close to the house.
  • Because of its proximity to the doors and windows of your home, it may require the installation of an exhaust fan to direct heat and smoke away from the building.
Keep the scale consistent, choose similar materials and style elements, and use the roofline of the house as your guide when designing a roof for the outdoor kitchen.

A freestanding outdoor kitchen
Thanks to the symmetrical hip roof that covers both pool equipment and cooking area, this pool house outdoor kitchen looks like a square pavilion. It has two sheltered eating places a dining bar under the roof and an umbrella table nearby.

Advantages :
  • You’ll have more leeway to layout, space, and the overall look.
  • This kitchen is a partial freestanding structure, a roof on posts, or a pavilion with half-walls—offering a charming shelter while housing cooking elements. It could be built from an existing boundary wall and protected by a shed roof.
  • Gazebos are a great option, as you can have them delivered already assembled or built on site, or build them yourself from kits or plans (available in wood or vinyl), variety of sizes, shapes, and styles, and/or without windows.
Disadvantages :
  • It’s vulnerable to weather, because it’s not sheltered by the house.
  • You may have to walk little bit far from your indoor kitchen, and as the result you may want to add new appliances such as refrigerator or cabinets for convenience.
  • You’ll require more labor to run utilities, as well as for transporting building materials and built-in components if it’s not easily accessed by truck.
Another option is an island without roof or walls. This will still function as a distinct destination and act as a magnet whenever you or your guests are outside. An island can be built of prefabricated cabinets or onsite out of bricks or concrete blocks covered in stucco, or be entirely finished and shipped to you by a specialty manufacturer. You can also need to require a propane tank but most people will at least want a pedestal electric outlet to provide power for lights or that all-important blender.

Consider topography


Large riprap stones retain earth on this steep slope. The masonry oven and gas grill are built into the slope, making them seem like part of the landscape, an excellent example of working with, not against, a difficult site.
  • To build such kitchen it will require more costs, considering building over the incline and bring a heavy equipment to level the area.
  • You need to recontour the land, constructing a retaning walls (from stone, bricks, blocks, or wood) to keep the lkevels stable and in place.
  • Build steps and grass or dirt ramps for paths. Ramps are great if you’ll be transporting supplies to your kitchen or dining area via wheeled cart, but steps can be more friendly because they are level and less slippery.
This generous deck features a sitting and plant ledge, an overhead trellis for plants, and a privacy wall. The result is an intimate, indoor room–like experience with the scenic benefits of the outdoors.
  • Build a deck will be more difficult if it’s build on the uneven ground. You need to decide :
    Will it be elevated? Is it in the same level with indoor kitchen or living room door, or at ground level?
    Steps leading down to it? It could also be located partway between, with wide sitting landings.
    You need to consider the path of melting snow sliding off the roof as it can stress your finished structure and may require additional reinforcement.
  • You need to think about what treat you should do beneath the deck if it’s going to be elevated.
  • If the space receives some light: you can plant it, or mount trellising between the supports and create a living screen of flowering vines and climbers.
  • If the deck gets little light: cover the area with sheets of manufactured lattice and call it finished. You could put mirrors behind some of the lattice to add dimension.
  • Pierce the underdeck area selectively, with a mix of lattice in one area and columns or round moon windows in another.
  • Some manufacturers offer an under the deck ceiling and wall screen system that can turn that ground level area into a sheltered screen porch. That means you could grill on the deck above, then eat down below in bug-free comfort, avoiding smoke and mess from the grill.


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