Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor Covered Kitchen Ideas: California and Florida Rooms

“Pompeiian Gold” project by Schrapper’s Fine Cabinetry

Outdoor kitchen covers are beneficial for protecting your investment, providing shelter, and reducing maintenance of your kitchen. A cover also makes your outdoor kitchen more usable during inclement weather. Some covers are easily removable, while others are permanent structures.

While all types of covers can offer benefits, permanent structures add to the overall value and appeal of your home. For example, California and Florida Rooms are popular because they add livable real estate to your property. They are also beneficial for outdoor cooking and entertainment by shielding your grilling station, outdoor bar, and food prep area. 

Covers can easily enhance your outdoor kitchen design while protecting your cooking area and entertainment space. With Brown Jordan® Outdoor Kitchens™, you have the freedom to include any type of covering. In this article, we discuss some of the most coveted backyard covered outdoor kitchen ideas: California Rooms and Florida Rooms.

Benefits of Covers for Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor kitchen covers are available in a variety of forms, such as gazebos, pergolas, and umbrellas. These covers provide varying degrees of protection for your outdoor space. Covering your kitchen can also help to reduce your kitchen’s maintenance and will protect your investment. They allow you to enjoy the advantages of being outside, such as fresh air and sunlight.

Residences that have permanent covers offer the most protection, while still providing the benefits of being outdoors. Some of the most popular examples of these types of covers are California Rooms and Florida Rooms.

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California Rooms vs. Florida Rooms

California Rooms and Florida Rooms are two types of permanent enclosures for outdoor living spaces. They are constructed on the side or back of a residence. They include a roof with screens, glass, or are fully open on up to three sides. They are popular for building an outdoor kitchen in your backyard and other outdoor amenities.

A Florida Room has less open air exposure than a California Room. Considering factors like humidity, wildlife, and inclement weather, Florida Rooms can include full screening or full glass to provide additional protection. They are more akin to enclosed sunrooms with the same ceiling height as your indoor space.

On the other hand, California Rooms act as a seamless extension of your indoor living space. They have a luxurious design and essentially function as covered patios. They often have high or vaulted ceilings and are fully open to the outdoors on one or more sides. California Rooms are truly transitional spaces that provide the benefits of being outside with the comforts and conveniences of indoors.

Both Florida Rooms and California Rooms are attractive and functional additions to your backyard spaces. They can house a variety of features while protecting your outdoor kitchen area from the sun and other elements.

Some of the most common features include outdoor kitchens and bars, fireplaces, and seating. Adding these amenities to your California or Florida Room put them only steps away from indoors. This convenience makes these spaces ideal for unwinding, relaxing, and entertaining outdoors.

Why Choose Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens for Your California or Florida Room?

If you are seeking outdoor covered kitchen ideas, choosing Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens for your outdoor kitchen is a wise investment. Our best-in-class stainless steel cabinetry is suitable for virtually every climate. We offer both 304 and 316 (marine) grades of stainless steel for exceptional durability outdoors.

We offer over 50 powder coat finishes – the most in the industry. Powder coat enhances the appearance of your outdoor kitchen and reduces maintenance requirements. In fact, our powder coats only require regular upkeep with mild soap and water to keep the finish looking new.

Unlike cabinets made from other materials, our outdoor kitchens do not require a covering to remain durable. However, a cover will reduce maintenance of your kitchen and provide protection from the sun, unexpected weather, and pests.

Since our inception, we have remained dedicated to engineering outdoor cabinetry that mirrors the beauty and function of indoor kitchen cabinets. To that end, we manufacture our cabinetry in hundreds of sizes and dozens of cabinetry styles (base, wall, grill, and more). This wide selection allows you to configure your cabinetry in nearly any layout.

We offer features like self-close/soft-close technology, crafted door styles, and a finished look on all sides. We make every project to order in our Connecticut factory with the attention to detail that our customers expect. The features that we offer set us apart from other brands and make us the top choice for design professionals.

Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens is known for luxury and elegance, perfect for a classy California or Florida Room. A California Room or Florida Room is ideal for housing outdoor amenities while offering protection and a space to relax. Adding an outdoor kitchen adds value and convenience to your space, allowing you to cook and entertain outdoors all year round.

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Top Trends in Outdoor Kitchens for 2023

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ELEMENTS in “Mint”

While the outdoor living industry has been enjoying record growth over the past several years, Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens remains dedicated to staying ahead of the trends. Together with The Harris Poll, we conducted an online survey of 2,079 American adults (ages 18+) to discover the latest needs in the outdoor living market.

Informed by homeowner and designer sentiment alike, we offer our Outdoor Living Report as a resource to fuel our innovative approach to the outdoor kitchen industry. Join us as we dive deeper into consumer desires and all the latest that outdoor living has to offer, from bolder color choices to high-quality and sustainable materials.

Get Busy (Outdoor) Living

The value of a functional outdoor living space is clearer than ever. This demand has been building steadily for the past two decades, suggesting that it is a defined lifestyle change rather than a novelty trend. Outdoor living spaces are now one of the best investments for homeowners.

For 75% of the Americans polled, buying a new home with an outdoor living area is a priority. This priority is due in large part to these spaces becoming more durable, luxurious, and functional over time – all while fueling a creative outlet for design professionals.

Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens’ commitment to luxurious and durable kitchens is a core feature of our brand. With our outdoor cabinets, we strive to mirror the function, durability, convenience, and design opportunities of the indoors. To that end, we offer a multitude of sizes, cabinetry styles, door styles, and colors, allowing you to create a signature outdoor space that checks all the boxes.

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Work Hard, Play Hard

A shift in the work landscape is apparent: we have seen more remote work than ever before. Since Americans are working hard from home, they have become more invested in amenities that are available in their primary homes and vacation homes. The result? Most Americans (71%) are more inclined to rent a vacation home if it has an outdoor kitchen.

While the work environment has changed, we are continuing to answer the call for tranquil outdoor cooking and entertainment spaces. We recognize the value in comprehensive outdoor living areas with features like outdoor kitchens, bars, seating, and pools. This dedication to creating outdoor living spaces that function as retreats – spaces where you can relax and recharge – adds to the growing desire for a “staycation” in your own backyard.

Bold is the New Black

ELEMENTS in “Clementine”

While muted, neutral colors were once all the rage, they are taking a backseat to brighter and bolder finishes. Our Report found that over two thirds of Americans (69%) view outdoor kitchens as an opportunity to experiment with fun color options, and 77% embrace the freedom to depart from traditional neutrals often seen in interior design.

At Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens, we have embraced new and fun colors with our range of powder coat finishes. Our award-winning color collection offers a bold look to outdoor kitchens, with options like Cotton Candy pink, Autumn yellow, Clementine orange, and Sea Spray turquoise.

Choosing a bright color for your outdoor kitchen can easily make it a statement piece in your space. Bold colors can also function as complementary options to the rest of your design.

Small and Sustainable

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Style: Bead Board | Color: Pompeiian Gold

Smaller outdoor footprints and sustainable, environmentally friendly materials have emerged as two important factors in outdoor kitchens. Consumers are making conscious choices to use eco-friendly materials like stainless steel for their outdoor kitchens. From our Report, we found that 69% of Americans feel that sustainable materials are important.

Our 304 and 316 grade stainless steel cabinetry is recyclable, environmentally friendly, and requires minimal maintenance. With the durability to withstand even the harshest climates, our cabinetry is engineered to last a lifetime – cutting down on replacements and waste.

Although designing in a smaller space may be intimidating, innovations in manufacturing make it easier than ever to extend real estate footprints and encourage flow between the indoors and outdoors. Our cabinetry is available in hundreds of sizes and seemingly endless configurations, making it a functional solution for even the smallest spaces.

Our ongoing evolution in outdoor kitchen design ensures that we will always have solutions for changing needs. As we remain passionate about the future of the outdoor living industry, we will stay dedicated to offering best-in-class outdoor kitchen solutions. Let us be your personal resource to help you create your dream backyard oasis.

Download the Report and contact us to get started with a quote for your next outdoor kitchen project.

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Must-Have Outdoor Kitchen Appliances and Features

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Material, color, and layout are important considerations for your outdoor kitchen design. For the best value, we recommend powder coated stainless steel as the most durable material for outdoor applications.

Your outdoor kitchen layout depends largely on the size and shape of your area, as well as cooking and entertainment needs. When your design includes appliances and other features, you can easily add function and convenience to your living space.

By choosing a brand like Brown Jordan® Outdoor Kitchens™, you will have the freedom to incorporate must-have outdoor living amenities. Our offerings make it a breeze to create your dream stainless steel outdoor kitchen with all the options you desire.

Appliances and Features: Must-Haves for Any Outdoor Space

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An outdoor kitchen is a significant investment that you will want to last for years to come. For the long-term value of your design, consider must-have appliances and features. These appliances and features include everything from a grill in your outdoor kitchen to a pool adjacent to your cooking space.

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Cooking Appliances

A cooking space would not be complete without a cooking appliance. Outdoor kitchen grills tend to be the most popular choice for their flexibility and variety of sizes. Our grill cabinets can house almost every grill, with custom trim kits and storage space that is ideal for gas grills.

Other common cooking appliances include smokers, power burners, and even pizza ovens. Like for grills, we manufacture a line of appliance cabinetry. Our appliance cabinetry is set apart from other brands because it can safely accommodate cooking appliances that weigh several hundred pounds.

Fridge, Sink, and Trash

Since our outdoor kitchens are designed to mirror the function of indoor kitchens, we recognize the value of convenient accessories. For cooking and entertainment value, outdoor refrigeration is an absolute must. Choose from a variety of fridge designs, including fridges with powder coated panels that match the rest of your kitchen.

As with indoor kitchens, an outdoor kitchen sink is a popular addition for prepping meals and cleaning up after a meal. Our outdoor sink cabinets are an investment in the convenience of your space.

While easily overlooked as an asset, having a trash cabinet in your outdoor kitchen is valuable for keeping your workspace tidy. With our trash cabinets, you have the option for one or two receptacles, with or without an added drawer.


At Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens, we are no stranger to storage. Our traditional base cabinets, wall cabinets, and islands are perfect solutions for all your storage needs. You can choose from different door and drawer configurations for plenty of storage and organization. For hidden storage behind sleek, full-height fronts, explore the nested drawers in our TECNO and ELEMENTS collections.

Bartending Center

Outdoor spaces are not always about cooking. Entertainment is a highly valuable benefit to any backyard, rooftop, or patio. A bartending center is a coveted addition to your entertainment setup. We offer bartending station cabinets to include amenities like ice makers, wine coolers, fridges, and kegerators.

Seating Area

For a complete outdoor living experience, consider a seating area in the form of a dining table or bar seating. Seating areas are great opportunities to encourage social interactions by sitting down for dinner and drinks with your guests.

We offer applications for raised bar seating and extended countertop support for counter height seating. With our seemingly endless configurations, you have the freedom to create a cohesive living area with adjacent seating.


Outdoor lighting can make your space more functional all year. A multitude of styles are available for all price points. If your outdoor kitchen has a structural covering, like a gazebo, consider recessed lighting for a contemporary look. You can even include an outdoor fireplace for added warmth or landscape lighting for a beautiful ambience.

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To complete your oasis, consider installing an outdoor kitchen near your pool. An outdoor kitchen with a pool is the ultimate setup for backyard parties. Best of all, our cabinetry options make the design possibilities almost limitless.

Why Choose Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens?

  • Durable 304 and 316 grade stainless steel cabinetry in 3” increments
  • Seemingly endless layout configurations to easily incorporate features like a pool and seating
  • A multitude of cabinetry types – base, sink, grill, appliance, and more
  • A variety of powder coat finishes to add beauty and reduce maintenance
  • Storage capabilities for all your tools and accessories

With a brand like Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens, including all your must-have appliances and accessories is simple. Our selection of cabinetry types gives you the design freedom to create a functional and durable outdoor kitchen. Consider must-have features like a grill, storage, sink, trash, and lighting for a comprehensive and convenient outdoor living space.

Contact us today for a quote on an outdoor kitchen with must-have appliances and features.

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Outdoor Kitchen Bar: Benefits and Tips

More than ever, consumers have the desire to create comprehensive outdoor retreats that include amenities for cooking, dining, socializing, and entertaining. These retreats function as extensions of indoor spaces, as well as fresh opportunities for creativity and design.

Far from simple outdoor kitchens with a grill, outdoor bartending stations continue to trend in the market. Bartending stations typically include storage, workspace, and features like an outdoor sink, fridge, wine cooler, ice maker, and kegerator. An outdoor kitchen bar is popular for the convenience of serving drinks and entertaining outdoors.

Brown Jordan® Outdoor Kitchens™ is the premier brand for any discerning trade professional looking to design a stainless steel bartending station. The design flexibility of our products means that you can create an attractive and durable outdoor bar with tons of features.

Outdoor Kitchen Bar Benefits

One of the main benefits of designing an outdoor space is the opportunity to extend your indoor living space. When you add features like an outdoor kitchen and bar, you can make your home even more valuable.

The undisputed benefits of being outdoors include fresh air and sunshine. An outdoor living space that includes a bar has unrivaled convenience for entertaining and socializing while reaping these benefits. You can easily enhance your entertaining lifestyle by designing an outdoor kitchen bar for a backyard or patio.

By choosing a brand like Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens, your outdoor kitchen bar can include a variety of amenities. If your space allows for it, including a grill, storage, and workspace will enhance both your cooking and entertaining lifestyle. The more features you include, the more beneficial your outdoor living space will be.

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Tips for an Outdoor Kitchen Bar

Outdoor kitchen design depends largely on considerations like location, layout, function, and amenities. An outdoor kitchen bar will have specific requirements for the function of your space. The considerations outlined below will assist you with outdoor kitchen bar ideas and tips for getting started on your project.

Location and Layout

Location is one of the most important features of your bartending station plans. Popular locations for outdoor bars include decks, patios, rooftops, and even balconies. Typically, a bar that includes more amenities can be placed farther away from your indoor space.

The most common layouts for bartending stations are straight runs and L-shaped designs. U-shaped designs are often more common in kitchens that include a grill and require additional food prep space. Our cabinetry can be configured in virtually any size, shape, and design that suits your space. Browse our Gallery for some inspiration.

Function and Requirements

Before deciding on the amenities to include, the function and requirements of your outdoor bar are important elements. Some outdoor kitchen bars function solely as bartending stations, while others are more inclusive. The most inclusive spaces might incorporate a grill, pull-out trash, extra storage, and so on.

You should also consider whether the space will be inclusive of other features, like a sitting area for outdoor dining. Our cabinetry is engineered to include raised bar seating, which is especially functional in small spaces. Our layout options also make it easy to incorporate a separate seating area or design a bar adjacent to your pool.

Appliances and Amenities

The requirements and size of your outdoor kitchen bar will determine the amenities that you include. The minimum requirements of a bartending station are a fridge and a sink. As mentioned, some bartending stations include cooking appliances and other features.

To outfit your bar, we offer sink cabinets and bartending station cabinets. Our cabinetry can also accommodate a fridge, wine cooler, and kegerator for a functional outdoor bar.

Most outdoor living spaces should have plenty of storage, and a bar is no exception. Storage removes the need to head back indoors for accessories by keeping your items organized and within easy reach. Our base cabinets are excellent options for storage. We have multiple configurations available, including multi-drawer cabinets and door/drawer combination cabinets.

Color and Style

The color and style of your outdoor bar are two important considerations. For some, an outdoor living space extends the aesthetic of their indoor space, while others choose a bold new design. The powder coat color and door style are both opportunities to enhance your outdoor space.

We offer a palette of designer finishes to suit any taste. We even have a range of finishes to match Brown Jordan outdoor furniture. Our door styles cater to a variety of individual preferences, from our sleek Hampton slab door to our crafted Louver style.

Design an Outdoor Bar Area with Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens

The resources available through Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens make designing an outdoor bar a seamless process. We offer a multitude of colors and styles to accommodate your favorite features and appliances. With the right design elements and features, your outdoor bar will be as convenient as your indoor space. We offer:

  •   Stainless steel cabinetry in 304 or 316 (marine) grades
  •   Many cabinetry types (base, grill, sink, appliance), with plenty of options for layout and configurations
  •   Easy inclusion of bartending accessories, like fridges, wine cooler, kegerators, and ice makers
  •   Finished back and end panels, as well as extended back panels for a raised bar
  •   Powder coat colors and door styles to express your individual style

An outdoor kitchen bar is a valuable addition to any backyard. When you include a variety of features, your outdoor bar can be functional, beautiful, and durable. Consider elements such as layout, location, color, style, appliances, and amenities to make the best use of space. By consulting the experts at Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens, you can design an outdoor kitchen bar that meets all your requirements.

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Designing an Outdoor Patio Kitchen

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A patio is a popular addition to backyards and outdoor gathering spaces. Patios are constructed into the ground, so they provide a level and stable surface to install outdoor kitchens and other amenities. Depending on the material, patios can be relatively inexpensive and remarkably versatile.

Patios can be built using a variety of materials, colors, and designs. The size and shape of your patio are determined by your available outdoor space. Common patio features include kitchens, fire pits, and seating.

The design flexibility of Brown Jordan® Outdoor Kitchens™ means you can design a stainless steel kitchen that suits any patio. This article highlights patio outdoor kitchens and how they factor into creating your dream outdoor entertainment space.

Outdoor Patio: Designs and Benefits

If you currently do not have a patio, it can be a beneficial addition to your backyard. A patio is an attractive feature because it creates a finished space for a variety of outdoor luxuries. These luxuries can include a dining area, outdoor kitchen and bar, and pizza oven. For even more benefits, consider an outdoor kitchen on a patio adjacent to your pool.

You can opt for several materials for your patio, like concrete or brick. Each patio material has its pros and cons, as well as different options for the design of your living space. Concrete and brick tend to be more solid than other materials, although they will require upkeep. They can also be painted the color of your choice.

Stone is available in a variety of textures and colors. You can also choose different designs and patterns for stone and brick, making the patio unique to your taste. Regardless of your material choice, any properly constructed patio will be a solid foundation for an outdoor kitchen and other amenities.

Outdoor Kitchen Layouts

Innovative Outdoor Kitchens
Style: Bead Board | Color: Pompeiian Gold

An outdoor kitchen layout should be decided based on the patio shape and size. In addition, you will need to consider where to place your kitchen and the features you want to include.

Placement of your outdoor kitchen is based on several factors. For instance, you will not want to place cooking appliances against any combustible structure for safety reasons. To enjoy maximum benefits, you may want to install your kitchen close to features like a seating area.

Smaller patios will benefit with a straight run of cabinets to make the best use of space. They are ideal for a small outdoor kitchen, grilling station, or island. Other kitchen layout shapes, such as L, U, and G, are more functional for cooking and prep due to their workflow.

Your design may change based on the appliances and amenities that you wish to include in your layout. Some popular additions to an outdoor kitchen include grills, outdoor refrigerators, sinks, and trash cabinets. Our Gallery features a variety of outdoor kitchen ideas and patio grill ideas for inspiration.

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Why Choose Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens?

Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens is committed to bringing the beauty and function of indoor kitchens to the outdoors. We offer a variety of cabinetry styles in virtually endless configurations to suit patios of every shape and size.

We recognize the value of creating cohesive and luxurious outdoor living spaces. As such, the freedom that we offer makes it simple to incorporate other features in your design, like seating.

Stainless steel is the most durable material for outdoor kitchens. Our semi-custom 304 and 316 grade stainless steel cabinetry is engineered in hundreds of sizes. To further reduce maintenance, our cabinetry can be powder coated in your choice of finish. We also offer a selection of crafted door styles to enhance your design.

Our cabinetry offers the durability of stainless steel with limited maintenance. The structural integrity of our products means that your outdoor patio kitchen will remain beautiful and functional. With features like rain gaskets and magnets, your cabinetry will be resistant to weather effects all year round.

An outdoor kitchen is the perfect addition to an existing or newly installed patio. Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens offers plenty of design flexibility to create a kitchen that suits your outdoor cooking and entertaining needs. For a long term investment in your backyard, consider a powder coated stainless steel outdoor kitchen for your patio. You will be sure to enjoy the benefits for years to come.

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Modern Outdoor Kitchen Designs and Ideas

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The need for innovative outdoor kitchen solutions, like powder coated stainless steel, is also driving interest in modern concepts and layouts. To that end, outdoor kitchen brands are trending towards elegant designs with clean lines and sleek surfaces and styles.

As a design innovator, Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens is the top choice of architects, interior designers, and other trade professionals. Our 304 and 316 grade stainless steel cabinetry is durable and available in a variety of styles and configurations. This article discusses the elements of contemporary cabinetry design and how to design a modern kitchen with Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens.

Features of Modern Designs

Modern kitchen designs are characterized by features like color, material, and layout. Contemporary colors include neutrals, like black, white, grey, and beige. Metallics and muted, matte tones enhance a clean and sophisticated design, especially when paired with contrasting stainless steel or metallic features.

Metal cabinetry, especially stainless steel, is the optimal choice for outdoor kitchens. The sleek surface of metal makes it an elegant material for a modern aesthetic. Open outdoor kitchen layouts are popular in modern spaces, as they make the area appear larger. For a contemporary design, consider a straight run with an island or an L shape.

Door Styles and Colors

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For our traditional cabinetry, we offer a selection of elegant door styles like the Hampton and Venice. Our selection of powder coats includes over 50 unique shades, with many options to suit a contemporary aesthetic. The selections below outline some of our popular shades for modern designs.

Black. Jet Black, Midnight Matte, Night.

Silver/Metallic. Plata 62, Platinum, Titanium.

White. Seashell White, White Lite, Dove, White Silk.

Grey. Ash Grey, Argento, Charcoal, Anthracite Metallic, Mica, Pearl Dark Grey, Truffle.

Beige. Champagne 302, Champagne 304, Sandstone.

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Cabinetry Collections: TECNO and ELEMENTS

Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens offers two cabinetry collections with a focus on contemporary styling: TECNO and ELEMENTS. Both collections were created in collaboration with architect and designer, Daniel Germani. They feature full height door fronts and integrated handles for a sleek aesthetic on all sides and a stylish, modern look.


TECNO Collection – Project by Creative Living in Colorado

The TECNO collection is an innovative approach to the call for modern outdoor kitchen ideas. TECNO’s single-height façade with nested, soft-close drawers exudes luxury with its clean lines and streamlined appearance.

TECNO can accommodate a variety of configurations and appliances to create a luxurious and modern outdoor cooking and entertaining area. Its flexibility gives professionals the freedom to create a signature kitchen with cooking space and an outdoor bar.


ELEMENTS Collection

Our ELEMENTS collection takes elegance and sophistication to another level. This modular cabinetry system is freestanding, allowing professionals to create their own unique designs. It is equally at home against a wall or as a statement piece in the center of an outdoor amenity area.

ELEMENTS is a great solution for balconies or to design an outdoor kitchen on a deck. The option for pass-through cabinets makes this cabinetry system function well as a kitchen island too.

Why Choose Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens?

Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens offers all the tools to build an outdoor kitchen. Our in-house design team and network of reps and dealers will bring your designs to life. Investing in our outdoor kitchens means a seamless experience from start to finish.

Our cabinetry is engineered to remain durable outdoors. We are dedicated to attention to detail with features like soft-close drawers, rain gaskets, and UV-resistant powder coat finishes.

The modern appeal of both TECNO and ELEMENTS makes them suitable for a simple backyard kitchen or a sprawling rooftop project. For an elegant design, either collection will make a bold statement in your outdoor space.

Our stainless steel outdoor kitchens are luxurious, durable, and require limited maintenance. Our cabinetry is available in a variety of configurations to suit virtually any outdoor space. Choose from a selection of styles and powder coat options to create a clean, modern, and elegant outdoor kitchen.

Ready to design a modern and sophisticated outdoor kitchen?  Browse our Gallery for elegant designs and contact us for a quote.

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5 Reasons Not to Use Prefabricated Outdoor Kitchens

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Prefabricated, or “prefab”, outdoor kitchen kits have individual components (grill cabinet, fridge, sink) that are constructed in standard sizes. Another term is a modular outdoor kitchen, with preassembled units that easily fit together by following an instruction manual.

Prefab outdoor kitchens are attractive to the budget-conscious consumer or the DIY homeowner seeking an outdoor kitchen island. They are not designed to be a long-term investment or a permanent fixture in your outdoor living space. They are certainly not a luxurious option if you are seeking a sophisticated and high quality outdoor kitchen.

Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens manufactures luxurious stainless steel outdoor kitchen cabinets that are the highest quality. Contrary to prefab outdoor kitchens, longevity and durability are at the forefront of our outdoor kitchen solutions. This article highlights reasons against prefab outdoor kitchens, and why Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens is the best long-term investment.

1. They Don’t Last

The first point is arguably the most important: prefabricated outdoor kitchens simply do not last. They are not manufactured or engineered for longevity; rather, they are meant to be a short-term, budget-friendly solution. This point is especially notable outdoors, as materials tend to degrade faster when exposed to the elements.

Our 304 and 316 stainless steel cabinets are engineered to last for a lifetime with proper maintenance. Our kitchens are a permanent solution and an asset to the value of your home. These features are the main reason that consumers continue to choose our cabinetry instead of the non-permanent prefabricated options.

2. Limited Options

If options are important, then a prefab outdoor kitchen is not a viable solution. They are usually available in preset layouts, sizes, and colors. They are also made to fit a limited range of appliances. It is not a solution for most consumers who want to choose their layout, color, appliances, and more.

Although our cabinetry is considered semi-custom, you are guaranteed to find a solution to suit your needs. Our cabinetry is made to order and is available in hundreds of sizes. We manufacture custom trim kits to house almost every appliance on the market. We have over 50 powder coat finishes, a range of door styles, and handle options to ensure a beautiful finished product.

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3. Low Quality

When discussing the quality of prefab outdoor kitchens, you get what you pay for. The lower cost of prefab kitchens is typically due to low quality materials. In the outdoors, the quality of material is vitally important for the durability of your kitchen. A low quality material will corrode, rot, warp, or rust much more quickly.

Our high quality stainless steel cabinets are the most durable option on the market, especially for the outdoors. Other materials such as HDPE (plastic), brick, wood, and aluminum have drawbacks that make them poor choices for your outdoor kitchen. By not choosing stainless steel, you will be investing in a product that will require replacement or expensive upkeep.

4. Maintenance Minder

“Teak” Wood Grain Finish and Louver Door Style – Nokomis, FL

Maintenance is key when protecting any investment. If you are working with low quality materials in the first place, maintenance is surely going to be a nightmare. The outdoor environment can be very uncertain, which can make your upkeep difficult if your materials and construction are subpar. In this way, a lower up-front cost means more maintenance costs down the road.

Our cabinetry is virtually free of maintenance when powder coated. In addition, our powder coats are UV-resistant and outdoor rated to withstand fluctuating temperatures and exposure to sunlight. Rain gaskets, magnets, high quality welds, and close attention to detail are all features that contribute to carefree maintenance.

5. Do-It-Yourself?

DIY homeowners tend to gravitate towards do-it-yourself outdoor kitchens as well. Prefab kitchens are simple to do yourself, as they are made of components that easily slide or screw together. Since the units are standard sizes, the process involves picking the best size and amenities and following the instructions.

While this process seems simple, the possibility for errors is almost endless. You may choose a layout, size, or location that is not functional for an outdoor cooking space. Despite following instructions, it is easy to install an outdoor kitchen improperly. The results are poor function, safety concerns, violating local laws and codes, and a kitchen that is not level.

Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens has a team of experts to assist you with your kitchen designs every step of the way. Your outdoor kitchen will be designed using the highest quality materials with experienced designers and installers. Our cabinetry arrives preassembled to the job site with professional instructions for a simple and straightforward process.

Prefab or modular outdoor kitchens are a short-term solution for anyone seeking grill islands for their outdoor spaces. While you may be tempted, a Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchen is the best investment. We offer quality materials, low maintenance, an array of finishes and styles, and expert consultation for an enjoyable outdoor kitchen space.

If you’re ready for a luxurious and durable long-term outdoor kitchen solution, contact us for a quote today!

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Small Outdoor Kitchen Ideas: Grilling Station

Outdoor kitchens can be designed in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit virtually every location. Even if your outdoor area is restricted in size, you can easily design a functional outdoor kitchen. A small outdoor kitchen can include the necessities for cooking and entertaining and still seamlessly fit your space.

A small outdoor kitchen area is 10 or less feet of cabinetry in an L shape or straight run. Small outdoor kitchens usually function as grilling or bartending stations. Due to size restrictions, they include only the essentials for outdoor cooking and food prep (grill, sink, trash, storage space).

In this article, we explore a grilling station as a popular small outdoor kitchen idea. With Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens, you will discover everything you need to design a stainless steel grilling and prep station. Our options for layout, sizes, colors, and cabinetry offer a variety of solutions for a backyard, patio, or balcony.

Outdoor Grilling Station Ideas

Outdoor grilling stations are often found in spaces that are limited in size, such as balconies. They are a great solution if you require a simple and convenient cooking area for a small space. When designing your grilling station, you should keep certain considerations in mind, like placement, cabinetry style, color options, appliances, and amenities.


When deciding on placement for your grilling station, you should keep function, convenience, and safety in mind. For example, it is not advisable to place a grill area against vinyl or wood siding. Proper ventilation is also important in partially or fully enclosed spaces. Consider local codes and laws, as well as personal considerations, in terms of the most convenient place for your outdoor kitchen.

Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens manufactures stainless steel cabinetry in hundreds of sizes in 3” increments. Your grilling station has the option for finished back and end panels for a 360 degree finished look. With seemingly endless configurations, you have the design freedom to place your grilling station virtually anywhere.

Cabinetry Styles

While style is important in any outdoor kitchen, it can be especially vital in small spaces. For a small grilling station, your choice of door style should enhance the simplicity of your aesthetic. Sleek styles and clean lines are best in small spaces to avoid a messy look.

We offer both traditional cabinetry door styles and modern collections like ELEMENTS, created by architect and designer Daniel Germani. ELEMENTS is a modular collection that is popular for balcony settings and grilling stations. It includes popular features for these applications, such as sleek full height door fronts, pass-through cabinets, and integrated handles.

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Color Options

Light colors, metallics, textures, and glossy finishes are great options when you have size constraints. When space limitations are present, these color options can make the space appear larger and less restricted. Although bare stainless steel will have the same effect, we do recommend powder coat to reduce maintenance.

Our selection of powder coat finishes includes a variety of white hues in glossy and satin finishes, metallics, and textures. Colors like White Lite, White Silk, Champagne 304, Plata Focaris 62, and Versailles will reflect light and highlight your design.

Cooking Appliances

A grilling station would not be complete without a grill or other stainless steel appliances. Since grills are available in a multitude of sizes, a common assumption is that the largest grill is necessary. However, you should consider the size that would work best for your needs to avoid wasted space.

ELEMENTS is a popular choice for grilling stations, especially in conjunction with a “social grill” like the Rockwell by Caliber. Social grills are ideal for smaller areas, as the fully retractable lid allows for easier interactions between the chef and guests.

ELEMENTS in “Chili” powder coat with a Rockwell by Caliber social grill

Although we do not manufacture appliances, our cabinetry will house virtually any cooking appliance on the market. Our cabinets will even support the weight of pizza ovens. We manufacture custom trim kits to provide a seamless fit for your grill as well.


Besides for a cooking appliance, a small grilling station should include storage. You can also include wall cabinets for additional storage. For a more functional space, you can add other amenities too. Common additions include a sink and trash, which offer indoor conveniences and comforts to your outdoor space.

We manufacture both sink cabinets and trash cabinets for the amenities that you require in your grilling station. Trash cabinets have an optional extra drawer, which is an easy way to add storage and organization to your space. Wall cabinets increase your storage without adding to your cabinetry run.

Why Choose Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens?

When designing a small grilling station, you will want design flexibility to ensure that it suits your needs and your space. Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens manufactures stainless steel cabinetry in both 304 and 316 (marine) grades. We offer a variety of cabinetry types (base, wall, grill, sink, trash, and more) to enhance your design.

Our kitchens are beautiful, durable, and require minimal maintenance. They can be customized with powder coat colors, door styles, and handles. For the most functional outdoor cooking station, include a grill or other cooking appliance, sink, trash, and plenty of storage.

Our cabinetry is engineered with a variety of door and drawer configurations for storage and organization. You can keep grilling tools, dinnerware, and silverware neatly tucked away for a clean and organized grilling station.

If you have limited space for an outdoor kitchen, consider a stainless steel grilling station. Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens offers a variety of cabinetry types, sizes, colors, and styles to get you started on your project. Our design options will help you create a small outdoor kitchen to fulfill your outdoor cooking requirements. For the best investment, our powder coated stainless steel cabinetry brings both durability and elegance to your backyard, patio, or balcony.

Are you interested in small outdoor grilling station ideas? Browse our Gallery for inspiring projects!

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Outdoor Kitchens

Design an Outdoor Kitchen with an Island BBQ

Project by Phil Kean Kitchens

One of the most popular outdoor kitchen setups is to include an island, as it offers abundant counter space to prep, cook, and entertain. Including an island BBQ into your design is especially valuable for smaller outdoor spaces because it allows you to easily add extra space without increasing the length of your cabinetry run.  

Brown Jordan® Outdoor Kitchens™ strives to constantly innovate to shifting trends in the outdoor living market. Far from the stucco islands of the past, our powder coated stainless steel cabinetry gives you the freedom to include an island BBQ in your design with a beautiful, finished look on all sides. Best of all, we offer a variety of solutions to your island BBQ needs and overall outdoor cooking space.

Benefits of an Outdoor Kitchen with an Island BBQ

An outdoor kitchen design with an island offers value because of the convenience when prepping, cooking, and socializing. An island offers plenty of workspace on both sides of your cooking appliance, giving you ample room for food prep. For an all-in-one functional space, include other amenities in your island, like a sink, fridge, and storage.

This setup also provides enhanced social and entertainment value. By taking advantage of features like bar seating and an outdoor bartending station, you and your guests can easily socialize while dinner is being prepared and cooked.

Island BBQ Solutions with Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens

outdoor kitchen island
Project by Sherwood Outdoor Kitchens

At Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens, our 304 and 316 grade stainless steel cabinetry is available in 3” increments to create a variety of island BBQ solutions. You can choose from 60 different powder coat colors for reduced maintenance and added beauty, as well as a selection of door styles and handles. We offer traditional cabinetry boxes, modular kitchens, and our innovative Post and Panel (PPS) skeletal system – each of which can offer solutions for your BBQ island requirements.

To experience truly versatile outdoor cooking, our appliance cabinetry can house virtually every outdoor rated appliance on the market. It can also accommodate appliances and amenities like a sink, trash, fridge, and more to create a fully functional island BBQ.

For a beautiful and seamless island application, finish the ends and sides of your cabinetry with powder coated panels. In addition, we offer extended back panels to accommodate bar seating for your entertaining space.

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Traditional Cabinetry

Most consumers who desire an outdoor kitchen are looking for traditional cabinetry that mirror the function and style of indoor kitchens. As an innovator of stainless steel outdoor kitchens, we continue to engineer our cabinetry to fulfill this need. To that end, everything from our stainless steel cabinetry boxes to our door styles are reflective of your indoor kitchen but with durability in all types of weather conditions.

We offer a wide selection of cabinetry types, like base, sink, appliance, and wall cabinets. Each type of cabinet serves a purpose to the function and convenience of your outdoor kitchen. If you are seeking to include an island in your outdoor kitchen design, our traditional cabinetry boxes are an excellent option to supplement the rest of your kitchen design or as a freestanding solution.

ELEMENTS Collection

If you are looking for a contemporary and modular outdoor kitchen, our ELEMENTS collection is a great solution. ELEMENTS was created in collaboration with international architect and designer, Daniel Germani, as a response to the growing trends in modern outdoor kitchen designs.

ELEMENTS features cabinet boxes that sit on a unique frame and are finished on all sides. This collection includes features like optional pass-through cabinets and full-height door fronts and integrated handles. These features mean it is equally at home as an island or up against a wall.

Post and Panel System (PPS)

Our Post and Panel System (PPS) is an innovative solution to the increasing need for multi-family applications in the outdoors. This system is especially useful when storage is not needed. It features a skeletal frame with panels that are applied on all four sides of a cabinetry run or island.

PPS is often used for a free-standing island BBQ in shared amenity spaces. It is appealing for its streamlined design and panels that can be easily removed and replaced.

An island is a versatile and functional addition to your outdoor kitchen, making it a popular setup for all types of outdoor spaces. It adds convenient workspace next to your cooking appliance and offers entertainment value with bar seating. Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens offers a variety of island solutions to meet any of your outdoor cooking and entertaining requirements.

Ready to design your next outdoor kitchen with an island BBQ? Contact us for a quote!

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Outdoor Kitchens

Should You Cover Your Outdoor Kitchen?

chili outdoor kitchen

If you are in the process of designing a luxury outdoor kitchen for your backyard, you may be wondering about additions to protect your investment, such as a covering. A cover over your outdoor kitchen offers benefits by sheltering the kitchen – as well as you and your friends and family – from the weather and the hot sun. Covering your outdoor kitchen minimizes maintenance and makes your kitchen useable in all types of weather.

Despite these benefits, choosing a brand like Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens means that your kitchen does not require a covering. Our powder coated stainless steel cabinets are engineered to remain durable when exposed to all types of weather with minimal maintenance. As such, installing a covering is simply a personal choice based on your needs for outdoor entertaining.

Outdoor Kitchen Covers

Pergolas, canopies, umbrellas, and gazebos are common covers for your outdoor kitchen. They are all structures that offer shelter and some degree of protection over the space. For a more permanent solution, a California or three-season room provides a complete or nearly complete enclosure for your outdoor kitchen.


A canopy is a versatile option. You can choose a canopy that covers your kitchen or the entire outdoor living space for extra protection. Depending on materials, they can be semi-permanent and moveable.


Gazebos can be made of a variety of materials for added durability in the outdoors, such as a wood and metal. An outdoor kitchen gazebo has a roof and support columns to easily cover your entire space.


If you are looking for a cover that is more decorative than protective, an outdoor kitchen pergola is constructed with posts and open lattice. You can add features like ivy for an extra decorative element.


For an inexpensive way to stay out of the sun, an umbrella over your outdoor cooking space is a great option. Best of all, you can remove the umbrella when you do not want or need shade.

California Room

California or three-season rooms provide the most shelter and protection. These rooms are partially or completely enclosed with screen or glass. As such, you get the benefits of being in the outdoors with protection from the elements.

Considerations for a Covered Outdoor Kitchen

beadboard kitchen

If you decide to cover your outdoor kitchen, the type of covering will inform the size and shape of your kitchen. You may have to restrict the layout shape and size of your kitchen to fit beneath the covering, especially if the covering is already installed.

Rain and Snow

Although a covering is a great option for shelter from rain and snow, these elements may contribute to flooding or weight issues on the roof of your covering. Be sure to direct water away from your kitchen to prevent water-related problems.


Grill ventilation is simple when an outdoor kitchen is exposed to the open air. A covering means that you must take proper steps for ventilation, especially if the kitchen is fully enclosed.

Sun Exposure

For those hot summer days spent outside, sun exposure can be a concern. Consider the best covering options that will allow you to spend time in the shade while cooking outdoors.

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Does an Outdoor Kitchen Need to be Covered?

Most people would agree the potential drawback of spending time outdoors is the weather. A covering on your outdoor kitchen undoubtedly provides benefits, as it can reduce the maintenance needed for your kitchen and protect you and your guests from inclement weather – especially when it is unexpected.

For most other outdoor kitchen brands, a covering is necessary to protect the integrity of the materials, like plastic and brick. However, investing in Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens for your cabinetry means your outdoor kitchen does not require a covering. In fact, many of our kitchens remain uncovered and out in the open – on balconies, rooftops, and more.

The integrity of our stainless steel outdoor kitchen cabinetry is industry leading, especially when our cabinetry is powder coated in one of our UV resistant finishes. Our cabinetry requires minimal maintenance and will remain durable in virtually every climate when exposed to the weather. To that end, your outdoor kitchen from Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens does not require a covering to stay durable.

Depending on the needs for your space and your climate, installing a covering can reduce maintenance, offer extra protection for peace of mind, and it can add a decorative element to your outdoor living space. By choosing highly durable stainless steel cabinetry, a covering is a personal choice for your outdoor kitchen design and not a requirement to enjoy your space all year long.

Browse covered and uncovered outdoor kitchens in our Gallery for design ideas!

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