September 21

Designing and Building Outdoor Kitchens


Outdoor kitchens continue to grow in popularity and have continued to evolve in recent years. When temperatures drop, and a chill is in the air, families no longer have to hibernate inside their homes. Homeowners can create an outdoor kitchen space that allows them to continue to enjoy outdoor meal preparation and entertainment year-round. 

How to Create the Optimal Outdoor Kitchen 

Experienced design and building professionals can help you create your perfect outdoor kitchen space. From the first steps of design to the completion of the project, working with a reputable contractor will take the stress away and have you enjoying your fabulous outdoor kitchen for years to come. Consider the following factors when planning your outdoor kitchen:


The number of people cooking and dining is a key consideration when planning an outdoor kitchen area. A professional designer and contractor can configure a beautiful and functional outdoor kitchen in almost any space. Having enough space to move comfortably between the grill and dining area is essential. Allowing enough room for several people to prepare food simultaneously without bumping into each other is also important.

Functionality and Safety

Outdoor kitchens should be set up with specific zones, just like indoor kitchens. These zones include hot zones for cooking, cold zones for preparation, and serving zones. Hot and cold zones should not be next to each other for safety reasons. Protecting young children from a hot grill and sharp cooking utensils should be a top priority. 

Layout and Location

The number of people using the space is an important detail that often gets overlooked when planning. How many people will be cooking, dining, or playing nearby? Will you need to keep an eye on kids playing in the yard while you cook? How accessible should your outdoor kitchen be to your home? Carrying large amounts of food and utensils from your home to your outdoor kitchen should be as easy as possible. Outdoor kitchens should be located near existing gas, plumbing, and electrical lines to help control costs. 


Natural stone is a popular choice for outdoor kitchens. It’s durable, beautiful, and easy to maintain. Countertops that can stand up to the weather are essential. A sealed granite countertop will last for decades and is easy to wipe clean. Choosing durable, weather-resistant furnishings is also key. It’s crucial to select appliances and fixtures rated for outdoor use.

Appliances and Amenities

An outdoor kitchen can be designed to include all the amenities of an indoor kitchen to make it practical and efficient. Running water is crucial for washing your hands and the dishes you store outside. Some homeowners even opt for an automatic dishwasher. No matter what options you choose, it’s essential that you select appliances rated for outdoor use.

Here are just a few options to consider:

  • an ice machine
  • a refrigerator 
  • cabinet storage for grilling tools, dishes, and utensils 
  • built-in grill and cooktop
  • adequate countertop space for food preparation 
  • built-in trash and recycling bins
  • a dishwasher for easy clean-up 
  • pizza oven
  • fireplace
  • comfortable dining and seating arrangements 
  • an outdoor entertainment center with television and stereo

Year-Round Comfort 

Ceiling fans, heaters, and light fixtures are key components of a comfortable year-round outdoor space. A permanent patio cover allows you to continue using your outdoor kitchen during a sudden afternoon shower. Numerous heating options make a year-round outdoor kitchen possible. Heating sources include wood, propane, electricity, and natural gas. Working with an experienced contractor to ensure the safety and comfort of your outdoor kitchen addition is vital. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Will Adding an Outdoor Kitchen Increase My Home’s Value?  

An outdoor kitchen can increase your home’s value by adding valuable living space. When a refrigerator and sink are included in an outdoor living area, the area will generally be considered a second kitchen. Buyers are attracted to outdoor living spaces and are often willing to pay more for the right options. The increase in your home’s value could offset a portion of the cost of your project, making it a wise and valuable investment.

How Much Does An Outdoor Kitchen Cost?

The cost of an outdoor kitchen depends on many factors. HomeAdvisor estimates that the average backyard kitchen costs around $14,000, but costs can quickly rise. Electrical, gas, and plumbing work can be costly. And the appliances and amenities you choose can quickly add up. It’s important to evaluate your goals, consider how often you plan to use the space, and establish a firm budget. Having a budget in mind and aligning that with your outdoor living goals is necessary to control costs.  

Who Should I Hire to Build It?

It’s important to hire an experienced and knowledgeable contractor for any job. You want to work with someone who won’t just build what you tell them but someone who will help you navigate the essential questions and help you design an outdoor space that fits your budget and your needs. The goal is to end up with an area you love and will use for many years. Only work with licensed and insured contractors for your safety. A qualified contractor will be happy to share customer references with you and answer any questions you may have.

Choose RainTight for Your Outdoor Living Needs 

RainTight has unique solutions that allow you to enjoy your existing deck, patio, or porch regardless of the weather. Our team has decades of experience designing and installing custom-made underdecking systems, screen rooms, and patio covers. We can create a custom design that increases the value of your home, blends seamlessly with your existing architecture, and provides years of enjoyment.

RainTight’s headquarters and manufacturing facility is located in O’Fallon, Missouri. Since 2007, we’ve served clients throughout the greater St. Louis area. We are also pleased to serve clients in the Lake of the Ozarks region. Contact us online or call 636-242-8315 to discuss your needs and schedule a free consultation.



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