Whether modest or elaborate, a good outdoor kitchen should be designed to be highly functional for its users. At a minimum, an outdoor kitchen should include a grill, ample counter space, and storage for large utensils. The kitchen should always be sited to include the cook in the party. From there, anything is possible and many people opt to include bar seating, refrigeration, a sideburner and more. We suggest slab countertops and backsplashes with masonry that coordinates with the home’s decor or other elements being designed into the yard.