There are so many things to take into consideration when choosing an outdoor kitchen layout aside from the usual pesky budget constraints. One of the primary elements to take into account is available space. Second, creating the most functional kitchen possible within that footprint and according to your family’s needs  can be a challenge. Lastly, investing in the right quality materials and appliances for your climate and environment is vital. Luckily, all our indoor/outdoor undercounter units are UL-rated for outdoors.

U-Shaped Kitchen; Design: Chicago Roof Deck; Photography: Dave Slivinski / Jill Buckner

If the goal is an open, airy space for both cooking and entertaining, consider integrating a large island along with a one wall kitchen that includes cabinetry for storage purposes. This allows for a good amount of work space with eat-in possibilities as well—and additional under-island storage as well! Pro tip: Never set your oven or range right next to any type of refrigeration—when an appliance produces heat too near refrigeration units, the latter’s compressor will be forced to work overtime to keep the unit cool and will expend more electricity in the process.

If creating a more integrated work zone is a priority, the L-shaped kitchen might work best in both small and large spaces. This shape not only offers more flexibility with the placement of appliances, but it also allows for more functional work zones. One of our favorite layouts? The U-Shape. When there is enough space within the interior, this layout can feel just as airy as a one-wall kitchen layout with the extra benefit of having multiple available workstations and a multitude of appliances. And when it’s under a gazebo and right next to a pool, who doesn’t gravitate towards that design style? Regardless of what you choose, your kitchen layout should work for you.

Design: Pratt Guys