Outdoor Kitchens: Pictures and Ideas for Your Property

Firepit with pool in the backgroundOutdoor kitchens are a sizzling hot trend in outdoor living. Studies continue to show that outdoor kitchens remain the most requested outdoor feature of a home on Cape Cod and the South Shore, MA and beyond. An outdoor kitchen is a destination location for you and your family to enjoy. It is a space that will help you truly capture the full potential of your outdoor living area. After all, there’s nothing quite like cooking and dining al fresco and an outdoor kitchen allows you to do just that. You’ll be able to entertain and enjoy time with friends and family in a unique way. Outdoor kitchens have become a hot trend nationwide and finding a company that knows what it takes to put together a complex building project like an outdoor kitchen is incredibly important. At Sheridan Landscaping, we love designing and building outdoor kitchens and have a lot of experience doing so.

Outdoor Kitchen Designs: Something for Every Budget

Patio with fire pit and seating

When it comes to building an outdoor kitchen, each situation is unique. There is something to fit every budget, from simple to high-end. A basic outdoor kitchen will include the key necessities, such as a built-in grille and storage unit. The countertop can be designed to create extra seating for added value and space. An outdoor kitchen with the basic necessities can be built for around $15,000. Just like the kitchen in your home, there are numerous features you can add-on, which will increase your budget, but also add value to your kitchen. It’s also important to remember that outdoor kitchen appliances and materials can range dramatically in price. It is not uncommon to see a grille of the same size, but a higher end model with more features cost twice as much as it’s less expensive counterpart. Some of the most popular add-ons for outdoor kitchens include a built-in refrigerator, a pull-out trash container, lighting, and a sink with running water. An outdoor kitchen can include anything that your indoor kitchen has. The highest end outdoor kitchens can feature structures such as pergolas and pavilions, outdoor fireplaces or pizza ovens, outdoor TV’s and sound systems, and beer dispensers and wine coolers. You can truly design an outdoor kitchen to meet all of your wants and needs.

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

Fire pit and chairs next to itJust as your Cape Cod or South Shore, MA outdoor kitchen can be as small or large as you wish, it can also have any look that you desire. Oftentimes, an outdoor kitchen is designed with your home’s interior in mind. For example, if your outdoor kitchen is viewable from your living room, you want to try to tie the look and feel of your outdoor kitchen in with the features of your living room. If you have a beautiful stone fireplace in your home, you might want to match the stone finish to your outdoor kitchen with that of your fireplace. Your outdoor kitchen can also be designed as a U-shaped, L- shaped, or curved structure to create a different look and feel. The shape and design of your kitchen will also come into play when planning your outdoor space. The shape of your outdoor kitchen will affect how you move around and in and out of the space. A back bar is great feature to add to your kitchen to create additional seating space. When building your outdoor kitchen, the materials you use are a very important consideration as you plan and design your project. Granite countertops are the most popular choice and they are incredibly durable. However, choosing a lighter color will help to keep the surface from getting too hot. The type of finish, whether it be stone or lumber, will affect how various appliances, trim, and storage units are installed. Most the kitchens we install use modular cabinets that are faced with stone and designed to accommodate a wide range of appliances. This allows for easy installation and greater durability than a kitchen built with concrete block and you cannot beat the look of natural stone veneer.  In addition, outdoor cabinetry comes in a variety of materials ranging from waterproof polymer materials to bamboo, teak, or reclaimed lumber.

Outdoor Kitchen Appliances

Your appliances are what truly make your outdoor kitchen come to life. At the very least, an outdoor kitchen will have a built-in grill. As we said, earlier, there are numerous choices for your outdoor grill and the prices can vary depending on features and materials. We have worked with everything from grilles with full LED lighting to multi-fuel grills that run offer charcoal, wood chunks, natural gas, and propane. Some homeowners are requesting an outdoor kitchen side burner, separate from the grill. These side burners offer great versatility for cooking a side dish or other items separately from the grill. My father-in-law’s favorite is to use his side burner to cook lobster, while the burgers and hot dogs cook on the grill. This is also great as a stand-alone option, as well Cooking seafood outside versus inside means no lingering smell in your house.patio with built in grill and Kitchen Outdoor kitchen appliances may also include a refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, beer kegerator, or an ice maker. Any appliance that you have in your indoor kitchen can be part of your outdoor kitchen. But that’s not to say you should use appliances made-for-the-indoors in your outdoor kitchen. That’s because outdoor appliances are specially built to be more durable to deal better with temperature fluctuations and be able to withstand the elements. While that can make them a bit more costly, it’s not an area where you should cut corners.

Finding an Outdoor Kitchen Builder & Designer for Your Cape Cod or South Shore, MA Home

When investing in an outdoor kitchen, whether big or small, you want to make sure it is done right the first time. Your kitchen should be designed with maximum value and enjoyment in mind. Our sales staff and Landscape Architect will guide you through the process of creating the prefect outdoor kitchen. Over the years, we have developed a guide to help you plan your outdoor kitchen and can handle every aspect of your project from design to completion.

Exterior patio with fireplace, furniture and built in grill with refrigerator.Our landscape architect will go over every detail as we plan out your project. From how you plan to use your outdoor kitchen to where you kids play in the yard, these are all details that will affect the functionality and enjoyment of your outdoor kitchen. Every project is unique and requires careful planning, design, and attention to detail. Our team of meticulous craftsmen and partners can make your dream and design a reality. We know that an outdoor kitchen is an investment and want you to truly fall in love with the finished project. Get in touch with us at 774-413-5012 or contact us to start the conversation on bringing your outdoor kitchen dreams to life with a free consultation.