4 Ultimate Outdoor Kitchens for Summer Barbecuing

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Jun 15 2017

4 Ultimate Outdoor Kitchens for Summer Barbecuing

Nothing beats a great summer barbecue. Whether you’re grilling burgers with your family, cooking ribs with your friends, or trying your hand at the latest and greatest grill recipes, having an outdoor kitchen can make your summer barbecues even better. Outdoor kitchens are great for entertaining!  They create usable counter space for cooking and serving, include amenities like fridges, cabinet and drawer storage, and even a side-burner for keeping side dishes or basting sauces warm and close at hand.  Outdoor kitchens are highly desirable and increase the value of your home.

In honor of summer barbecuing season, here are four top notch outdoor kitchens to give you a little inspiration for your summer grilling.

Contemporary Additions to Your Current Grilling Area


In this Seattle outdoor kitchen, our client wanted to keep their existing grill but dock it in a new kitchen island to create more space and functionality. In this space, we added a counter for the kitchen as well as a bar area with an integrated fire pit for increased seating and social space, We also added storage drawers as a location for bulky barbeque tools. Our team built this space with longevity in mind, so when this grill needs to be replaced, a new one can easily be rolled into its place. Please note that unless grills are made to be built-in, air circulation and additional vents need to be added to the kitchen.

Storage and Function

This outdoor kitchen seamlessly integrates with the home without taking up too much space on the patio. All grilling tools can be stored within this unit and it offers ample counter space along with a low, rounded bar for seating. These homeowners wanted to have an outdoor kitchen that would enable them to cook while involved in their parties, and this setup did the trick. The result is a flexible and functional kitchen that makes great use of this family’s outdoor space.

For A Full Service Kitchen In Your Backyard

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At Urban Oasis, we have a breadth of experience building kitchens of all sizes and shapes with features to suit a variety of needs.  This space features plentiful storage space, an outdoor fridge, garbage disposal and even a dishwasher. For cooking needs, this kitchen has both a gas grill and side burner, so if your entire meal can’t be cooked on the grill you don’t have to run back and forth from your indoor kitchen. This setup also features ample bar seating facing into the space. This way, the chef can participate in the party while cooking.

Larger, More Spacious Kitchen and Seating Options

If you’re hoping to create not only a top notch kitchen, but also a comfortable dining space for a number of guests, a setup like this combined outdoor kitchen and seating area may be for you. This kitchen was built to add more cooking and dining space to this contemporary home. The result was this elegant and comfortable combined outdoor kitchen and seating area. This space caters to many guests, includes ample cooking space, and enables the chef to participate in the party while cooking due to its open layout. This space is also great for parties large and small, because a small party of guests can dine in the bar area, while larger groups can taking up additional seating space.

These are just a few of the many outdoor kitchen options our team can help you dream up. At Urban Oasis, we believe in building structures that add beauty, function, and value to your home. Our team of experts will work with you to design the optimal space for your family’s needs – one that will please your family for years to come. From outdoor kitchens, to covered decks, to patios and more, our team can help you make the most of your home’s outdoor space. To learn more about our projects or to view our portfolio, visit our website today. Happy grilling this Fourth of July!

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