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Top Designs
Check out some of our top designs below created for real customers by our expert outdoor kitchen designers. Whether you have a small space, or room for the ultimate outdoor kitchen, our design experts can help turn your dream into a reality.

 

 

Planning Your Outdoor Kitchen
 
A well-planned outdoor space isn’t just about coming up with a layout to fit the property. Truly well done design will accomplish that however, it should also be able to flawlessly integrating itself into your way of living. Much like the interior of a home, an outdoor kitchen is the entertaining hub of the backyard; it’s where family members and guests congregate. Today’s outdoor kitchens are complete with more than simply a grill. Below are the essential components of a successful outdoor kitchen.
 
Grilling Station
 
A grill can make or break an outdoor kitchen. Your choice of grill should reflect your grilling style. If you plan to sear up steaks, your gas grill should have a Pro Sear Grilling Grate which sear in the juices. If rotisserie chicken is your grilling specialty, you’ll want a grill with a built in rotisserie rack. For truly multi-functional grilling capabilities, modular grilling components, such as our Sunstone Gas Charcoal/Wood Burning Hybrid, offer flexible setup options that tailor to your every grilling need.
 
Chilled Beverages
 
Especially in Texas, outdoor refrigeration is key to a successful outdoor kitchen. Enjoying the outdoors is best accomplished with a cold drink in hand
 
Prep Station
 
To properly prepare food, your outdoor kitchen will need a sink installation. Sinks eliminate the need to hussle in and out of the house to wash your hands, dishes or clean surface areas. Be sure to investigate local city codes regarding proper plumbing and drainage requirements. For built-in outdoor kitchen applications, storage doors and drawers with organizing accessories such as paper towel holder and utensil compartments, will help keep your workspace in order.
 
Layout
 
The placement of your outdoor kitchen should be adjacent to the outdoor dining area as well as the rear door of the house. The layout should offer ample room to move and work within your outdoor kitchen. In an efficient kitchen layout, the refrigerator, grill, and sink should form three points of a triangle, with no leg of the triangle measuring more than 10′ feet additionally, the legs of the triangle should be unobstructed by structures like cabinets or a kitchen island. Common outdoor kitchen layouts include:
 
   
Straight Line Outdoor Kitchens
Similar to an indoor “kitchenette”, this kitchen is installed against a wall. It’s ideal for smaller, more budget-friendly spaces where only one cook will work at a time. Keep in mind that if the kitchen will be against the wall of the house, you’ll have to choose non-combustible materials to protect the siding. See Sunstone Cabinet Island Packages for many varieties of this type. See more here
 
   
L-shaped Outdoor Kitchens
If you’re planning a larger, freestanding kitchen with a grill, refrigerator, dishwasher, a sink and a bar area, this shape may be for you. This design mimics most indoor kitchens, becoming the ultimate backyard focal point.
 
 
U-shaped Outdoor Kitchens
If you’re planning a larger, freestanding kitchen with a grill, refrigerator, dishwasher, a sink and a bar area, this shape may be for you. This design mimics most indoor kitchens, becoming the ultimate backyard focal point.
 

 


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