Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor kitchens have become more and more elaborate, as the outdoor living space movement has grown. Outdoor kitchens are no longer a built in grill; rather an extension of your home. A place to gather and socialize while preparing a meal.

Evergreen Hardscaping is here to help you design and build your custom outdoor kitchen. Working through a list of questions to unearth your vision; our experts will get a better understanding of how you plan to use your new space. We will design an outdoor kitchen that will maximize the space, ensure functionality for the chef and create a welcoming environment for all guests.

Why Have an Outdoor Kitchen?

The allure of an outdoor kitchen lies in its ability to transform your living space with a unique social cooking area. An outdoor kitchen that can handle a crowd allows you to be part of the celebration, not stuck in the house.

From built-in grills to pizza ovens, smokers, refrigerators, beverage centers, kegerators, and various storage solutions the possibilities are endless.

Designing Your Outdoor Kitchen

Designing an outdoor kitchen is a creative and strategic process that involves careful consideration of your preferences, available space, and intended use.

Here are a few places to start your outdoor kitchen design:

Define Your Vision and Purpose

Are you a grilling enthusiast, a pizza aficionado, or a barbecue master? Determine the core elements you wish to include based on your cooking style and preferences.

Equally important is considering how you plan to use the space. Is it primarily for family meals, entertaining guests, or both? 

Carefully Consider Layout and Flow

Consider factors such as the proximity to your indoor kitchen, the direction of prevailing winds, and how the sun impacts the area throughout the day. An efficient layout should include zones for food preparation, cooking, and serving. 

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It is equally important to create traffic flow that does not bottle neck impeding the chef’s ability to keep the food flowing. Creating a flow that allows for easy movement through the space will make your outdoor kitchen more practical for the chef and more enjoyable for your guests.

Finalize With Aesthetic Appeal

Aesthetics will play a crucial role in creating an inviting atmosphere for all to enjoy. Materials, colors, textures will all play their part in creating the perfect space.

Options range from the sleek, contemporary look of stainless steel and stone;

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to the more rustic composite cabinetry that delivers the feel of an old farmhouse. No matter your tastes, our award winning design team will guide you towards a solution that will meet both form and function.

Components to Create the Ideal Outdoor Kitchen

Let’s explore the wealth of elements you can integrate into your outdoor kitchen:

  • Built-in Grills: Your choice of fuel defines your grilling experience, and a built-in design ensures a seamless appearance in your outdoor space.
  • Smokers: For the those that take grilling seriously and want elevate their game; smokers deliver the ultimate experience.
  • Pizza Ovens: Not only for the occasional pizza night; pizza ovens can deliver gourmet wood fired meals in the comfort of your own home.
  • Refrigerators/Coolers: Keep your beverages and perishables cold and easily accessible. No more running back and forth to the house.
  • Beverage Centers: Create a designated area for mixing drinks, complete with storage for spirits and barware.
  • Kegerators: With craft beers taking over the scene; beer aficionados can enjoy their favorite brews on tap, in the comfort of their own outdoor living space.
  • Storage/Cabinetry: Whether stainless steel or composite; cabinetry is important in keeping your outdoor kitchen organized. With the ability to add drawer sets and shelving – storage possibilities are endless.
  • Access Panels: Ensure easy access to water and gas line shutoffs, making maintenance and safety a breeze.
  • Sinks: The most underrated component of any outdoor kitchen is the sink. Whether a full sized double sink or a more compact bar-type sink; running water is necessary. Whether using it for food prep or a just quick wash, the convenience of a sink cannot be overstated.
  • Countertops: Select a durable, weather-resistant countertop material that complements your style, such as granite, concrete, or natural stone.

Types of Outdoor Kitchens

Composite Cabinetry Installation

This is the quickest type of installation. Composite cabinetry is set in place on a concrete or paver pad and attached in a similar manner to an indoor kitchen. While it may not be the most budget-friendly option, it ensures a swift build for those under time constraints.

Framed Outdoor Kitchen

Some DIY enthusiasts opt to frame out their outdoor kitchens using wood or steel.

Given the high risk of fire and rot associated with a framed installation; Evergreen does not engage in this type of installation.

Masonry Installation

A masonry installation is the most time consuming of the three, but will provide years of worry-free grilling pleasure. A masonry kitchen involves digging and pouring concrete footings and installing concrete masontry units (CMU’s) to the designed footprint.

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Finally, stone or brick finishes tie everything back to your existing architecture. While this process is more involved; it results in a stunning, long lasting space for all to enjoy.

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Start your dream outdoor kitchen build with Evergreen today!

With over 10,000 successful installations since 1996, we have the skill
and experience to create an outdoor kitchen you’ll want to use every day.