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How Your Outdoor Kitchen Dimensions Will Guide Your Design

When designing your Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchen, the size of your space can be placed into one of four categories (small, essentials, medium, large). The size will ultimately determine specific features, such as the depth of your stainless steel cabinets, the length of the countertop, and the appliances that can be used. Additionally, you must consider where to place appliances based on functional zones, which are hot (grills), cold (refrigerators), wet (sinks), and dry (prep counters and storage). Typically, only large outdoor kitchens will include all four zones. For a more effective workflow, you will want to consider the placement of the zones. It is recommended to place the dry zone next to the hot zone and the wet zone next to the cold zone.

In the initial stages of designing the layout and choosing appliances for your outdoor kitchen, consider this helpful guide to determine the size of your space.

  1. Small (10 linear feet). A small kitchen will include limited amenities that are considered necessary, such as a grill, cooktop, sink, and storage. Small kitchens need a minimum of 36 inches of countertop frontage (the workspace area).
  1. Essentials (13 linear feet). In addition to the amenities in a small kitchen, an essentials kitchen will typically include a refrigerator as well. Since it is a bit larger, it should have at least 48 inches of counter space.
  1. Medium (16 linear feet). A kitchen that is medium in size will add more storage, more countertop space, and occasionally more refrigeration options. A medium kitchen will have at least 72 inches of countertop frontage.
  1. Large (more than 20 linear feet). Large kitchens include all four zones, can accommodate multiple cooks, and have all the amenities. They will have at least 156 inches of countertop frontage.

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Design Considerations

Once you’ve defined the size of your space, you should consider other features of your design, such as grill selection. Although Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens manufactures appliance cabinets, we do not manufacture outdoor kitchen appliances. However, we do distribute them. Based on the size of your cooking area, we can help you choose the grill size that is right for you. You will also need to consider the best way to incorporate countertop space, storage, seating, and color into your outdoor kitchen design.

  1. BBQ Grills. Since grills do not have uniform dimensions, upgrading the size after your kitchen has been installed could be challenging. As such, you should think ahead and choose the largest size that you think you would need in the future. For entertaining purposes, you will want to consider placement of the grill to allow the cook to be social with family and friends. It is recommended that the outdoor grill is not placed in a spot where the cook’s back will be to the guests.
  1. Countertop space. The size of the workspace is an important amenity when designing an outdoor kitchen. Since smaller kitchens will have less space by default, you should be extra mindful of your design. For optimal food preparation and serving, your space should have free countertop areas on both sides of grills, sinks, and cooktops. This setup allows for a more functional kitchen and a better workflow. For example, raw ingredients can be placed on one side of the grill, and then the cooked food can be placed on the other side for serving.


  1. Storage. Space for tools and accessories, such as pots, dishes, glasses, and grill brushes, is essential for your outdoor kitchen. The assumption is that smaller kitchens will need to store fewer items, so they will need less storage space. Plan accordingly while you design, being mindful of leaving enough room for storage as well as any appliances. Although base cabinets are a storage necessity in any kitchen, smaller spaces in particular will benefit from incorporating wall cabinets as well. Check out our blog on Outdoor Kitchen Wall Ideas to learn more. If you have walls in your outdoor space, wall cabinets will provide you with additional storage options without taking up floor area.

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  1. Dining Area. Outdoor kitchens typically offer different types of seating, such as formal, casual, and bar. For entertainment purposes, the primary cooking areas should be near the main seating areas. Smaller kitchens may only be able to fit bar seating, which is a more compact setup, especially when barstools can be tucked underneath a counter. Large kitchens have more options to include multiple seating areas in their outdoor kitchen design for maximum entertainment.


  1. Color. If you have a smaller kitchen space, you will likely benefit from choosing lighter colors or metallics for your cabinets, as they will reflect light well and make the space appear larger in your backyard. Conversely, large kitchens have more versatility with color section. To help you decide, Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens offers a full palette of powder coat finishes in a variety of colors and textures, along with realistic wood grains. Powder coating your cabinets not only provides a beautiful and lasting color that will enhance your design, it also adds protection and minimizes maintenance.

Related – Top 10 Powder Coat Finishes for Outdoor Kitchens

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Things to Consider When Designing a Contemporary Outdoor Kitchen

As highlighted in the 2020 State of the Industry Outdoor Living Report from Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens, the majority of designers are noticing a rising interest in outdoor living spaces. More specifically, homeowners are frequently opting for a contemporary aesthetic for their outdoor kitchen designs. A contemporary outdoor kitchen can be achieved by focusing on the cohesion of color, texture, layout, and lighting, and how they complement one another to create a modern and fresh space.

Contemporary Design Features

Here are features and things to consider in order to create the perfect contemporary look for your outdoor kitchen:

Color Palette

One of the most important elements of any design is the color palette, as it reflects your personal style and highlights the feel of the space. A contemporary color palette is defined by black, white, and other soft neutrals, such as grey and beige. The powder coat colors from Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens perfectly exemplify a modern appeal, offering a neutral and modern palette in shades of black, white, silver, and brown in various textures and metallics. The color combination adds to the backyard kitchen by giving it a clean and elegant look.

Textures and Materials

Matte finishes paired with stainless steel appliances and cabinets will provide a striking contrast. The stainless steel cabinetry and door styles offered by Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens are the best choice for this purpose. For instance, choosing bare stainless center panels and inserts in your powder coated Key West and Palm Beach cabinet door style allows you to create this look. Even better, powder coating your stainless steel cabinets or panels in the Platinum shade will give you the look of stainless steel while adding protection. Neutral and sleek stone countertops will also provide a modern appeal. Although Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens does not distribute countertops, there are plenty of materials and colors to suit this style.

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Designing an open layout is essential for a modern feel. An open design is becoming increasingly popular for kitchens. This simple outdoor kitchen idea lets in more natural light, thus making your area appear larger and cleaner. Designing a kitchen for the outdoors is the best way to achieve an open concept, as you can leave your space as open to the elements as you would like, with the peace of mind that your powder coated cabinets will be protected. For all your layout needs, Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens cabinetry available in hundreds of sizes with dozens of styles, allowing for plenty of customization possibilities to fit any area.

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Sharp edges and clean lines are key for a contemporary outdoor kitchen. The Hampton door style, which is a stainless steel slab, is perfect for a clean, sharp, and sleek look. Consider how you can mirror these clean lines with various elements in your kitchen, such as the Contemporary pull from Sun Valley Bronze. Each feature that adheres to these shapes and designs will enhance the feel of your contemporary kitchen design.


Soft, low lighting offers a cozy ambiance that is vital to any outdoor kitchen with a contemporary design. Plenty of outdoor lighting options are available, such as fire tables, string lights, and lanterns with modern designs. Try pairing your lighting with a metallic or textured powder coat color, such as Night (textured black) or Titanium (silvery beige metallic) for added depth and dimension, essential for modernity and elegance in your contemporary outdoor kitchen.

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We hope you find these contemporary outdoor kitchen ideas helpful when creating your new outdoor space. We provide the best outdoor kitchen cabinets to complete your modern outdoor backyard or patio. Ready to take your indoor kitchen to the outdoors? For more outdoor kitchen design assistance, contact our expert design team today to learn more about transforming your backyard or patio into a luxury outdoor entertaining area.

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Outdoor Kitchen Must-Haves

Creating or enhancing an outdoor living space includes careful planning, budgeting, selection and placement of amenities to bring an entertainment oasis to fruition. Growing in demand, is the addition of an outdoor kitchen that is proving to add value to the home and increase the homeowner’s investment in their property.

We took a close look at what it takes to elevate a simple BBQ island to a fully functioning outdoor kitchen – one that mirrors the indoor version, eliminates constant trips back into the house and keeps the party where it’s at – deck, patio, backyard or rooftop!

Outdoor Kitchen Must Haves

Here are 20 outdoor kitchen must-haves that will have you serving up plenty of fun and lasting memories:

  1. Cabinetry – The foundation of the outdoor kitchen, cabinetry is available in wood, polymers, high density polyethylene (HDPE) and stainless steel. The latter is often overlooked as a sustainable, and recyclable material that is compatible with many appliances and resistant to bacteria and fungus. The cabinets also provide excellent storage space for the outdoor cooking accessories.

Hailed for its durability, stainless steel cabinets are available in a variety of finishes including powder coating with a specific color or wood grain finish. Along with many other benefits, adding powder coating to the outdoor kitchen finish protects the stainless steel from chips, spills, stains and unsightly finger prints and provides a strong defense against corrosion and environmental conditions.

  1. Trash Pull-Out Cabinet – Keep trash out of sight yet within reach for easy clean up in the outdoor space. But, be sure to empty it at the end of the night!
  2. BBQ & Outdoor Grill Hood – If your outdoor kitchen isn’t in open air, consider ventilating it with a grill hood. It’s perfect if you opt to have your outdoor living space as part of a lanais or transitional California/Florida room.
  3. Float a shelf, or two – If your outdoor kitchen is placed against a back wall, floating shelves will provide additional storage or serve as a decorative element.
  4. Smokers – Want that authentic barbeque flavor? Consider adding a smoker to complement your grill and use indirect heat to lock in that smoky flavor.
  5. Sink – Adding a sink will encourage cleaning as you go and makes for easy prepping while eliminating trips indoors.
  6. Grills – A variety of types of grills to complement cooking preferences await you with one that enables you to cook as much or as little food as you wish in a short amount of time. You can choose from infrared, propane or an electric built-in outdoor grill.
  7. Pizza Oven – Growing in popularity, a pizza oven provides an additional cooking alternative – homemade pizza never tasted so good!
  8. Side Burner – It easily accommodates a lobster pot and anything else you use a stove top for including sides like baked beans or sauerkraut.
  9. Griddle – Serve up breakfast al fresco! Creative recipes include using a griddle vs. a grill, elevating your culinary skills
  10. Counters – Think about the countertop material for your prep station space and consider creating an outdoor kitchen island layout, providing counter space for the non-cooking appliances such as the sink. Countertops are also important for food prep around the cooking area.
  11. Seating – Although the tradition is to add guest seating nearby, keeping the cook “within the social circle” while working, today’s outdoor living areas and entertainment spaces feature low-seating areas away from the grill in configurations mirroring indoor living rooms.
  12. Storage – Add storage around the back side of an island layout with cabinets. Related – Outdoor Kitchen Storage Ideas
  13. Ice Maker/Ice Storage – Choose an ice maker or ice storage unit to conveniently chill beverages.
  14. Outdoor Refrigerator – Eliminate constant indoor runs and portable coolers while keeping perishable ingredients safely chilled until cooking time.
  15. Wine Cooler – A perfect addition to the end of a cabinet run for accommodating guests and allows for self-serving.
  16. Kegerator – Keep beer cold, readily available and fresh for an extended period of time.
  17. Glassware Storage – Serve up a tasty beverage with the perfect point-of-use storage area for glasses and stemware.
  18. Get Shady – Add a roof top or pergola to enhance al fresco dining by providing a bit of shade and protect your outdoor kitchen investment from the elements.
  19. Fire It Up – Heat stacks, small heaters, chimineas or fire pits will heat things up in your outdoor living space and keep the party going well after the sun goes down.

This list may feel like you have to keep up with the Jones’ but fear not, think of it as a guide to investing in the good life. Good times. Good food. Great memories.

Looking for outdoor kitchen design layout insight? Check out or blog on Spanish outdoor kitchen designs as well as our blog on country and urban outdoor kitchen ideas. We help bring the indoor kitchen to the outdoor space. Contact one of our in-house designers at or call 203-626-5625 to bring the indoor dining area to the outdoors.


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Benefits of an Outdoor Kitchen

Benefits of an Outdoor Kitchen
This post was originally published Dec. 21, 2018 and updated May 15, 2020.
The promise of a new year often evokes thoughts of lifestyle improvements. Getting outside more, unplugging, enjoying time alone or hosting family and friends can certainly warrant expanding the living space.

Choosing a home remodeling project that includes creating or adding to an outdoor living area can set the stage – patio, deck or rooftop – for an outdoor kitchen. The demand for this culinary amenity is increasing in demand according to Kitchen & Bath Design News, which cites requests for outdoor kitchens by homeowners are continuing to trend upward for the third year in a row.

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As an entertainment hub, the outdoor living space has been proven to increase the value of a home making for an innovative and lucrative investment. This means there is plenty of opportunity for remodelers, architects and designers to expand the scope of their clients’ outdoor projects from a simple barbeque kitchen island to a fully-functional outdoor kitchen area. Having an outdoor kitchen has many benefits.

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Here’s a look at seven benefits of an outdoor kitchen for your home:

1. Increases the Value of the Home
2. Great for Entertaining
3. Expands the Living Space
4. Makes Cooking Easier
5. Convenience
6. Save on Utility Bills
7. Save Money on Eating Out

Increases the Value of the Home

According to Zillow, homes with outdoor kitchens sell for nearly 30 percent more than expected. Of the nearly four million homes nationwide that sold between January 2016 and December 2017, these outdoor features, amenities and design styles made the largest impact on sale price.

CNN Money, and Remodeling Magazine support that outdoor kitchens nationally return 100% to 200% of the improvement cost. It is important to note that, with any home improvement, the ROI formula works providing the design and build of a kitchen is proportional to the home value and location.

Great for Entertaining

Outdoor entertainment spaces continue to top the list for both boomers and millennials. According to Rymer Strategies Company, 78% of boomers and 68% of millennials are willing to pay more than $5,000 extra for a great outdoor living space. Boomers are famous for their grill nights, while millennials love their outdoor yard games. And both generations enjoy prepping, cooking and eating their meals at home, alfresco-style, capturing the luxury of open-air dining.

Depending on the design layout such as an island configuration, guests can gather around the kitchen, socialize and watch the chef perform culinary magic.

Related: Advantages of Having an Outdoor Kitchen Island

In turn, it allows the chef to remain engaged with guests without disrupting the task at hand.

Expands the Living Space

Outdoor kitchen designs often mirror their indoor counterparts, successfully transitioning the indoors to the outdoors and making use of previously unused outdoor space or repurposing it. Many people stop at a grill or barbeque island, but an outdoor kitchen can be expanded to include other cooking appliances such as a pizza oven, flat-top grill and a smoker. Enhancing the outdoor kitchen layout with cabinets that accommodate kitchen appliances, hide trash, provide storage helps centralize culinary activity.

Adding counter space provides a prep area, a bartending center and a place to entertain guests and allow them to hover ‘round and socialize. Tack on a refrigerator, ice machine, mobile beverage cart, and an outdoor sink and it’s a full- on entertainment oasis. An outdoor dishwasher raises the bar on easy clean-ups and endless trips into the house, making the outdoor kitchen fully functional and super-efficient.

Makes Cooking Easier

Too many cooks in the kitchen spoil the broth. Maybe, not. An outdoor kitchen allows for more cooks – or helping hands at the very least – to help with preparing food, mixing drinks, grilling and cleaning up. Depending on the layout of the outdoor kitchen, more bodies in an outdoor kitchen aren’t necessarily a bad thing as it can be less crowded than an indoor kitchen. Additionally, by placing a refrigerator, ice machine or wine cooler on the end of a cabinet run, guests are invited to help themselves without disrupting the chef’s work flow.

Cooking foods with strong odors that emanate? No problem. Let them disperse outside rather than within your indoor kitchen, which can permeate the rest of the home. Canning or cooking lobster? Great chance to undertake this task in an outdoor kitchen. A large pressure cooker pot on a burner will need some extra space for the assigned attendant and some extra space when it’s time to remove it. Any spills make for a quick hose down versus a mess on an indoor floor followed by a slip and fall hazard.


As mentioned above, smelly foods can linger in indoor kitchens for days. Cooking errors can create rising smoke that travels throughout the entire house and sets off the detector. Cooking outdoors eliminates these issues resulting in more convenient cooking and a better household environment.

Save on Utility Bills

A hot kitchen in the summer months forces the air conditioning to work harder and can crank up utility bills usage. Give the utilities a rest and head outside!

Save Money on Eating Out

Going out for a meal can be expensive. If you have an outdoor entertaining space with a dining and cooking area, you are less likely to go to a restaurant for a meal, which will save you money.

Additionally, with a well-equipped outdoor kitchen, the prepping, cooking, cleaning, eating the meal, drinking and overall outdoor entertaining is centralized along with having the necessary items available to make it all happen. No need for transporting and setting up making it more of a chore to accommodate a stand- alone grill. Think of it as a permanent, pop-up party.

Finally, the design and layout of an outdoor kitchen comes with an air of creativity only achieved when custom building an indoor kitchen as part of constructing or renovating a home. Whether installing an outdoor kitchen on a deck, patio or roof, there are still less obstacles and considerations to work around as compared to indoors.

Related – Outdoor Kitchens on Decks: What You Need to Know

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Covered Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

This post was originally posted on Oct. 7, 2017 and updated April 20, 2020.

Thinking about how you can take the features and amenities of your indoor kitchen to the outdoors? Transforming your backyard or patio into a luxury outdoor living space is easy with Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens. Having an outdoor kitchen expands your living space and is an investment that you’re proud of – and once you put all that hard work into building it, you’ll want to show the kitchen design off as much as possible. With seemingly endless features and amenities, you can enjoy an outdoor cooking and entertaining experience with family, friends, and guests that goes beyond just the summer months.

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Some of the possible outdoor kitchen amenities include a seating area, grilling station, refrigerator, and more. One of the best ways to protect your investment in your outdoor kitchen – ensuring you can use it for many years through multiple seasons – is by installing a covering. A covering for your outdoor kitchen will provide shade from the elements while cooking, eating, and entertaining outdoors. Here are our favorite outdoor kitchen roof ideas to flaunt and protect your outdoor space.

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1. Canopies

While there are multiple covered outdoor kitchen ideas you can choose from, the easiest, most versatile, and least expensive to install is the canopy. Outdoor kitchen canopies can play a double role: they protect diners from the elements, and also can be used to accent the dining area space.

Canopies offer multiple styles and sizes to choose from. For example, a sturdy, sizeable metal canopy can double the size of your outdoor kitchen area and provide a permanence that lasts through areas with unpredictable climates. Or, you can choose a more trendier canopy with striking architectural features to define the room, like this fun example from Houzz.

2. Gazebos

Although often used interchangeably with “pergola,” gazebos are noticeably different in that they always have a round shape. The most traditional type of gazebo is in the form of an octagon with a domed roof that is supported by 8 symmetrical pillared columns. Gazebos are traditionally made of wood, but many manufacturers today build metal gazebos as well. Most metal gazebos are constructed from metal frames with metal roofs, and metal frames with canvas roofs, which take on a tented appearance.

3. Pergolas

Similar to a canopy but with an Italian look and feel, pergolas provide a sophisticated option for covered outdoor kitchen designs. A pergola is a garden feature forming a shaded walkway, passageway, or sitting area of vertical posts or pillars that usually support cross-beams and a sturdy open lattice, often upon which woody vines are trained.

As a type of gazebo, it may also be an extension of a building or serve as protection for an open terrace or a link between pavilions. Wood is the classic material for pergolas. Aluminum pergolas are available as well, but they tend to be strongly minimal in design and fit best in a modern backyard or patio environment (unlike the Mediterranean look of the traditional wood).

Other Options

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If you’re looking for much more coverage and protection, or you’re not ready to fully commit to the exposed elements, there are many other options to give you the outdoor kitchen feel without committing to a fully outdoor room. For example, an enclosed or screened-in porch gives you an outdoor view of the backyard and scenery, but provides both a full-coverage and protection for your outdoor kitchen appliances.

A transition room is a great option if you want the comforts of the indoors, but with the outdoor environment feel. One thing to note with these transition rooms is that you will need to include ventilation for your outdoor kitchen. This element needs to be included in the building phase to ensure safety and comfort for you and your guests.

Things To Consider

Besides choosing which style covering you want to install over your stainless steel outdoor kitchen, there are a few other important things to consider.


One aspect you should consider is the electrical needs for your outdoor kitchen covering. A popular trend is to add lighting to not only enhance the design of your roof, but also to allow you to entertain guests in the evening. Or if you live in a hot climate, installing ceiling fans to keep the air moving away from your cooking appliances on summer days.

Additionally, you might consider wiring for a sound system or an outdoor television hookup. Keep in mind that the electricity will come from your house, so make sure you have space for for additional circuits in your panel box. There are many creative ways to cover or disguise wiring to keep your covered outdoor kitchen area looking sleek. And you can’t forget the plumbing. If you have a sink in your outdoor kitchen you will need to keep in mind where you will connect your sink to.

Rain and Snow

It’s important to remember that roofs collect rainwater that will naturally flow downhill. You’ll want to include some sort of guttering system with your outdoor kitchen covering to direct the water away from your house as well as your outdoor appliances.

Related – How To Winterize Your Outdoor Kitchen

Benefits of Covered Outdoor Kitchens

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Although outdoor kitchens are functional for many reasons – added space, state of the art cooking facilities, ideal entertaining – spending time outdoors inherently has a few uncontrollable factors. Namely, the weather. Installing some sort of covering for your outdoor kitchen adds an immediate protection layer from the elements.

A well-placed canopy or enclosed porch can protect guests from an unexpected rain shower. A sturdy pergola can provide shade on those perfect, yet cloudless, sunny days and prevent sunburn and heat exhaustion. Outdoor kitchen coverings can also provide some shelter from high winds on especially breezy spring days.

Whether you choose a gazebo, a pergola or an enclosed porch, you can’t go wrong in selecting some sort of coverage for your new outdoor kitchen.

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Outdoor Kitchen Location Tips

When you are going through the steps of installing an outdoor kitchen, you’ll quickly find that deciding where to set it up is one of the most difficult and impactful decisions of the process. Since you have multiple options, it can be hard to figure out exactly where to put it. We’ve come up with a list of things to consider to help you decide!

Be conscious of sun and shade

Summer is prime time for outdoor kitchen use. So, when planning your outdoor kitchen, bank on warm temperatures and lots of sun, and take reactive measures. Placing your outdoor kitchen under existing shade, or planning to add new sources of shade will provide you and your guest’s comfort year-round.

Natural shade from trees and vines is best because they ventilate easily. As an added bonus vines and trees “transpire,” evaporate moisture to cool themselves, creating their own natural misting system.

There are plenty of man-made shade options as well, such as pergolas, or trellises. The growing popularity of transition rooms provides an even more permanent and durable option for your outdoor kitchen.

Leverage your natural space

Do you have a pool or hot tub in your yard? A beautiful garden? When choosing where to add your outdoor kitchen, take note of any existing structures or features that you want to complement. Also be wary of design overlap. The last thing you want is for your outdoor kitchen covering to inadvertently shade your vegetable garden.

In addition, when planning the placement of your outdoor kitchen cabinets, it’s important to consider the relationship between the indoor and outdoor versions, and how they will be used together when cooking or entertaining. If you have a large outdoor space to work with, it may prove prudent to place your outdoor kitchen in closer proximity to your indoor kitchen to create a seamless transition between indoors and outdoors.

Consider the View

Another crucial element to consider when you’re placing your outdoor kitchen is your views and sight lines. You can have the most beautiful outdoor kitchen in the world, but when your guests sit down to eat at the table, if they’re facing a brick wall or the old shed in your backyard, that’s what they’re going to remember. So, be sure so consider the view when you’re trying to find the perfect location for your stainless steel outdoor kitchen.

Another key consideration is the location that will provide the most privacy from neighbors. Screening views with trees and shrubbery will provide privacy while also providing a noise buffer for your close neighbors.

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Don’t forget utilities

When planning your outdoor kitchen layouts, keep in mind the best practical placement or installation of the necessary gas, water and electrical supply. Note where your water, gas and electric lines are, and design your kitchen accordingly.

Furthermore, when placing your grill or smoker, think about the natural flow of wind – make sure that smoke from the grill will be carried away from dining and living areas. You should also think about making sure the kitchen area is located a safe distance from doors and entryways to keep foot traffic away from potential hazards.

Additionally, make sure to place all outdoor cooking appliances away from areas where children play or where people play sports. You’ll want to avoid basketballs or soccer balls bouncing over onto a hot grill.

Don’t Shy Away From the Roof

When one thinks “outdoor kitchen,” the tendency is to think of backyards – but that doesn’t have to always be the case. Especially if you have a small or nonexistent lawn space, building your stainless outdoor kitchen on the roof can prove a very viable design option.

If you are choosing this option though, pay special attention to restrictions and codes. They vary by municipality, so check with your town’s building department to find out rules about setbacks, fire safety, and what kind of permits you’ll need to file. We recommend working with a general contractor so you are up to code and all safety requirements are included.

Fit Your Needs

The right spot to place an outdoor kitchen will vary from homeowner to homeowner. You may like the idea of an outdoor cooking area just outside the backdoor to your house or a freestanding pavilion near your pool area.

At the end of the day, there’s no one “right” spot for your outdoor kitchen. But by using these outdoor kitchen location tips, you’ll ensure you make an excellent choice.

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Outdoor Kitchen Cleaning & Maintenance

Adding an outdoor kitchen to your home is an exciting change! There are new opportunities for cooking, outdoor entertaining and enjoying the warm weather. But amidst all the summer fun, it’s important not to forget about maintaining your outdoor kitchen. Since your outdoor kitchen is always exposed to the outside elements, it’s inevitable that your kitchen will rack up dirt and grime, not to mention the natural wear and tear from cooking or grilling. Here are four tips for outdoor kitchen cleaning.

Clean Stainless Steel Properly
Don’t Neglect Your Outdoor Grill Appliances
Clean Those Countertops
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Clean Stainless Steel Properly

One of the obvious draws of an outdoor kitchen is the lower maintenance required to keep it clean. Outdoor kitchens are meant to withstand the outdoor elements, and their components are built to last, specifically the stainless steel. Not only does stainless steel look nice with the hardware typically used in outdoor spaces, but it is also resistant to rust and corrosion, which makes it ideal for outdoor use.

Although stainless steel is a pretty durable material, it isn’t indestructible, which is why certain preventative steps will help keep your stainless steel looking shiny. For example, never cut directly on a stainless steel surface (use a cutting board instead). And when it comes to cleaning, wiping down with soapy water and rinsing thoroughly is your best bet for maintaining stainless steel surfaces. Make sure you are cleaning every surface including the cabinetry, sink, outdoor refrigerator and other stainless steel items on a regular basis.

You can also use a special polish for removing smudges, fingerprints and stains if needed, but be sure to apply it with a soft cloth – using anything harsher, like steel wool pads, may cause more harm than good. Mechanical abrasions (like those from steel pads, wire brushes and scrapers), as well as water deposits and chlorides (found in household and industrial cleaners) are all enemies of stainless steel, so keep them away from your outdoor kitchen. Since many stainless steels come with visible polishing lines, it’s important to scrub or wipe with the “grain” when cleaning.

To further protect your stainless steel outdoor kitchen, you can opt to add a powder coat finish. By adding this extra finish it helps prevent rust over time and increases the ease of maintenance. The powder coat finishes come in a wide variety of colors and designs so you can add a pop of color to your backyard while still having the durability of stainless steel.

Don’t Neglect Your Outdoor Grill Appliances

Outdoor grill appliances are essential to outdoor kitchens. In many setups, the grill serves as the centerpiece of the outdoor kitchen – it will get a lot of use, so it’s imperative that you take good care of it. Generally, after each use you should wait until the bbq grill is cool and then scrub the grill grates with a special wire brush. Wipe off residue with soapy water and a cloth and then rinse.

Aside from the grate, it’s important to check its other components, too, like burners, valves, and hoses. If you have a gas grill, don’t ignore the burners. Use a stiff brush periodically to clean off grease. And when you are cooking, pay attention to the color of the flame; a healthy flame on a gas grill should be blue with a yellow tip—if your flames are all yellow, turn off the grill and disconnect the fuel tank so that you can check the fuel valve pressure.

Clean Those Countertops

Cleaning your outdoor kitchen countertops is important and the best way to do it depends largely on the type of material used. While granite and stone countertops look smooth, they are porous, which means they can stain easily. If you have granite or stone countertops, you should wipe up spills as quickly as possible with soapy water.

For the best long-term cleaning experience, we recommend Dekton® by Cosentino® for outdoor kitchen countertops. This new and innovative material is a combination of quartz, porcelain and glass formulated into an ultra-compact surface that is non-porous, UV-resistant for color stability in the sunshine, durable, virtually indestructible and impervious to staining.

In addition, adding a roof structure to your outdoor kitchen will help add another layer of protection for year round cleaning, specifically for countertops and other flat surfaces.

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Outdoor Furniture

As with stainless steel, making thoughtful choices in the design and material of your outdoor furniture will go a long way when it comes to maintenance. Common outdoor furniture materials, such as vinyl, mesh, and fabric components, can be cleaned with a mild, all-purpose cleaner. Like with your countertops, try to catch and wipe up spills as soon as possible.

Remember, regular cleaning and maintenance of your outdoor kitchen will ensure that you get many years of enjoyment out of it, so use these tips to assist with your outdoor kitchen cleaning.

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Outdoor Kitchens

Spring is in the Air

Birds are happily chirping, pollen is wreaking havoc and the days are getting longer, indicating that spring is upon us. You know what that means…it’s time to dust off your patio furniture and prepare your backyard for relaxation and entertaining. But, have you thought about transforming your exterior space into more than just a typical outdoor room?

If so, you may be going back and forth deciding on whether or not you need a full outdoor kitchen or if you can sneak by with a simple grilling station. We may be a little bias, but if you’re planning to invest in your patio space, an outdoor kitchen may just be the right choice for you.

An outdoor kitchen combines all the elements of an interior kitchen, enabling you to store all your cooking and grilling utensils and groceries outside. This will allow you the freedom to socialize and join the fun while entertaining, instead of always needing to make treks back inside. In addition, the extra countertop space provides an option for a bar area, making it even easier to chat while preparing a feast. Outdoor kitchens provide a lifestyle experience; they offer more than just form and function.

Our design-build partners can help you create an outdoor kitchen that not only matches your existing exterior architecture and landscape, but also one that highlights your personal tastes. And, if you’re the type of homeowner that likes get involved with choosing the design elements right down to the cabinet door handles, then you’re in luck. Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens are available in multiple door styles and powder coat finishes that will knock your guests’ socks off. Not to mention the plethora of accessories that provides the finishing touches.

Now that we have you hooked, check out these backyard kitchen designs for inspiration…

backyard kitchen designs for inspiration
Photo Credit: Ron Wellander; Susan Myers Smith Photography

Photo Credit: Innovative Outdoor Kitchens – Photography Steven Paul Whitsitt Photography
Photo Credit: Innovative Outdoor Kitchens; Steven Paul Whitsitt Photography

For more outdoor kitchen photos and design ideas check out our gallery page or call 203-626-5625.

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How to Design an Outdoor Kitchen

Backyard Kitchen DesignAs requests for backyard kitchens continue to rise, our team assembled a step-by-step guide for the planning and decision-making processes, which can oftentimes be the most challenging aspect of a remodeling or new construction project.

Choose a designer: This is perhaps one of the most crucial first steps. Do your due-diligence. You want to make sure the chemistry is right because you will be spending a significant amount of time with this person. Determine what types of companies do they typically source their products from; In addition, ensure the designer you select is a good listener, and is willing to adopt your vision, as opposed to taking total control.

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Houzz, one of the nation’s leading online platforms for home remodeling and design, is a great website for researching credible, designers, builders, remodelers, architects, and contractors. This is just one source out of many for scoping out the right partner. Others include referrals from friends and family, simple internet searches and even advertisements in local design magazines. Houzz, like Pinterest, is also a great platform for finding inspiration. Also check out our outdoor kitchen gallery.

Create a plan: The next step involves working with your designer on drafting the right blueprint. As the homeowner, you will want to decide how you want the space to be used. For example, do you want your backyard kitchen and grill area to include amenities needed for hosting large social gatherings; do you want to create an area for everyday use; or both?

After you have answered the questions above, you will want to discuss layout options with your designer. Do you want ample countertop space and storage options; how about a bar counter; does the area call for a center island? As industry experts, we know this process can be stressful, so take your time and consider all your options.

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Select the materials: This is the fun part. From countertops and outdoor cabinetry options to outdoor appliances, such as an backyard kitchen grill, you will want to elect to use materials that complement your home’s existing exterior architecture. When it comes to storage solutions, if you are looking for quality with plenty of design options, Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens’ stainless steel cabinetry is the perfect choice. We offer a wide selection of door styles and finishes for both traditional and contemporary designs. In addition, we have also partnered with Dekton by Cosentino, the leading manufacturer of quartz, natural stone, and architectural surfaces. Available options can be found on our “Countertops” page. Don’t forget about the roof! John Anderson, of Severe Weather Roofing and Restoration, outlines items you should consider for your outdoor kitchen roof here.

In regard to appliances, there are an array of products and brands from which to choose. Take some time to browse through the Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens website; you will have an opportunity to learn about various types of outdoor kitchen BBQs, grills, side burners, pizza ovens, refrigerators, beer dispensers, ice makers, and much more.

The planning and decision-making processes for creating a backyard kitchen do not have to be intimidating; simply follow our helpful guide. And, once the planning phase is complete, installation is quick so you can start enjoying your beautiful outdoor kitchen.

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P.S. As a continuation on designing backyard kitchens, stay tuned for our series on how to select the right design partner!

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