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Outdoor Kitchen Ideas Made for Entertaining

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas Made for Entertaining

There’s something special about dining outdoors with friends and family. Something that doesn’t quite happen at the kitchen table. 

And while an outdoor kitchen can transform your space, it can also transform the way you live by drawing you out of the house and into fresh air. It can also encourage you to be more social, to spend more time in the sunshine and to soak up the comforting sounds of nature, all year round.

But designing an outdoor kitchen that’s made for entertaining can be tricky. There’s a lot to consider, from layout to materials, appliances to finishes. How do you make the right choices for your space and your lifestyle?

Keep reading for answers to common questions on the topic below and learn how to create the perfect outdoor kitchen that’ll transform the way you live. 

What are outdoor kitchens used for?

Extended living space

Have you been feeling a little cramped indoors lately, especially when entertaining? An outdoor kitchen is the perfect way to expand your home and give it a more spacious and open feel.

Design it right and you can use it for all sorts of occasions – from evening meals with family to summer BBQs with friends, as well as morning coffees and Friday wines.

Work from home? You may even find yourself tapping out an email or two while you catch some sunshine.

Summer living at its best

Summer’s one of the best times of the year, but as life gets busy, we don’t always make the most of those balmy evenings.

An outdoor kitchen can be just the nudge you need to spend more time outside in summer, or any time of year for that matter.

Let’s face it, there’s nothing more relaxing than enjoying a meal in the fresh air after a long day in the office.

Entertaining made easy

A garden kitchen makes throwing parties a breeze. From dinners to pool parties, weekend brunches to birthday blowouts, a celebration is always better in nature.

With an outdoor kitchen, guests can gather around the grill or chat in the garden without the place feeling crowded or noisy.

Throw a little lighting into the mix, a speaker or two, and you’ve got a recipe for an entertainer’s delight.

Other benefits of an outdoor kitchen:

  • Adds value to your home. Outdoor kitchens tend to make a decent return on investment, so you can rest easy knowing it’s a smart spending decision.
  • Inspires a healthier lifestyle. Research shows that spending more time outdoors is good for your mental and physical health – it can lower the heart rate, blood pressure and stress hormones. 
  • Keeps your indoor kitchen clean and cool. Spills are easier to clean and cooking odours dissipate into the air when you eat outdoors, leaving the inside of your home spic and span.

What do you need in an outdoor kitchen?

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to outdoor kitchen must-haves. Other than a BBQ, it’s up to you whether you want it to be simple or elaborate.

In saying that, here are some of the key elements and appliances worth considering for your outdoor kitchen:

  • BBQ – you can opt for a built-in BBQ, or a mobile BBQ that appears built-in.
  • Benchtop – it’s always good to have a lot of bench space. So, if you have the space and budget, go for a decent length benchtop. Think about how much bench space you use in your indoor kitchen, and go for something similar if you can.
  • Fridge – having cold drinks at your fingertips is always handy, especially on those warm Sydney days. And so is the extra chilling space when entertaining.
  • Sink – if you’re prepared to include plumbing, a sink will save you traipsing back and forth indoors with dirty dishes. You could even go a step further and add a dishwasher.
  • Pizza oven – this can be a great addition to an outside kitchen for people who love to entertain. Who’s going to say no to a pizza night, right?
  • Cabinetry – depending on how important storage is to you, this can be worth considering.  Remember, be sure to choose a waterproof option. Alternatively, open space beneath a bench can look just as good from an aesthetic standpoint, as it adds to that open air vibe.

What are the best materials to use for an outdoor kitchen?

Durability is key

Arguably, the most important factor to consider when it comes to construction is durability. It is outdoors, after all, so it needs to withstand wind, rain and heat. This is especially important if your outdoor kitchen is in Sydney, where the sun packs an extra punch.

While timber can be less expensive, it can split and become weathered. So, if you want an outside kitchen that lasts a lifetime, opt for more durable materials such as stone, metal, concrete block or brick. These are also great low maintenance options.

Another option is to use a metal frame and clad it with stucco or tiles. Just be sure to factor in upkeep for tiles, as grout needs regular cleaning.

Choose materials that complement your aesthetic

For a more natural, rustic look, traditional masonry materials like stone or brick work well.

For something more upbeat and contemporary, try tiles with a pop of colour or a fun pattern.

When it comes to benchtops, concrete and stone offer a natural look and feel while granite, soapstone and quartz provide a more sleek, contemporary vibe.

Whatever material you opt for, talk to your outdoor kitchen consultant about how it’ll work for your aesthetic, climate and lifestyle.  

How should you layout your outdoor kitchen?

The world’s your oyster when it comes to layout. Just remember, while aesthetics is important, functionality and practicality always win. So, be sure to keep that top of mind when designing an outdoor kitchen layout that’s great for entertaining.

Here are a few ideas to get the ideas flowing:

Simple patio kitchen

A simple built-in or mobile BBQ (that appears built-in) with a benchtop and an outdoor table can work well if your space and budget are limited.

Remember, the benchtop can double as a bar for extra guests. And you can spruce up the aesthetic with lush planting and fun colour choices.

Stone outdoor kitchen

Go the full shebang with a large outdoor kitchen complete with all the bells and whistles.

Stone can add a natural rustic feel, plus the addition of a pizza oven and fire pit will create the ultimate outdoor dining experience, all year round.  

BBQ kitchen with pergola shading

Go full garden style on with your outdoor kitchen by adding pergolas with creeping plants for a whimsical outdoor dining experience. These are perfect for parties, as they provide shelter from the wind and shade from the sun.

Other design considerations to keep in mind:

  • How will your current garden design link with your outdoor kitchen? Do you need to make some tweaks to it, or orient your outdoor kitchen to suit?
  • Direction of the prevailing wind and orientation of the sun – design your outdoor kitchen with this in mind. These factors are important, as they’ll impact how much you use the space.
  • Plumbing and electrical services – there might be limitations around where you locate certain features.
  • Location of your seating areas – have a think about whether you need to factor in space for a dining table, in addition to lounge seating.

Ready to transform your lifestyle with the outdoor kitchen of your dreams? 

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