Designing the best backyard kitchens

by Linda Cappello, Broker, GRI, ABR 09/25/2022

When it comes to outdoor remodeling, backyard kitchens are always high on homeowner wish lists. Having a place to cook and eat in your backyard, whether alone or with company, is a great opportunity to spend more time outdoors. 

No matter what time of year or type of cooking you plan to do, consider some of these tips when considering designing the perfect outdoor kitchen space:

Think about how you'll use your outdoor kitchen

Outdoor kitchens provide plenty of choices for layout, style and features. Because they are usually used as a secondary kitchen, you have more opportunities to be creative. You have the choice of simplicity or complexity depending on your intended usage. Whatever you add to your outdoor kitchen setup will help inspire entertainment and meals in your outdoor space.

Incorporate texture for a stylish aesthetic

It’s common for outdoor kitchen facades to have textured surfaces, such as brick or wood. For a more modern and polished aesthetic, go for a concrete finish and sleek, modular cabinets for modern design and functionality. 

Some experts recommend drawing inspiration from your outdoor surroundings when choosing textures and materials for your kitchen. For example, try matching wood stains with your existing patio, or using the same variety of stone in your garden.

L-shape counter design with a mini pizza oven

A gazebo offers a perfect outdoor cooking and entertaining experience. One great idea is to create an L-shaped kitchen under a gazebo including a barbecue, two burner stoves, a wood fired pizza oven and a refueling center. Attach some fold-up cutting boards for extra prep space, and have a built-in cooler for keeping beverages cold.

Choose weatherproof materials

A major aspect of designing an outdoor kitchen and dining area is choosing the right materials. The best materials will remain stable, waterproof and corrosion resistant. Concrete is a favorite option for building materials, as it’s durable and easy to clean. If you live in a wet climate, consider alternatives to wood that won’t sustain moisture damage.

Outdoor kitchen ideas vary in complexity and cost, but don’t let that overwhelm you. Keep these points in mind when planning your outdoor kitchen project and create the best possible backyard cooking experience.

About the Author

Linda Cappello, Broker, GRI, ABR

Linda A. Cappello, Owner/Broker of Cappello Realty Shoreline Properties. Cappello Realty is a full service boutique Real Estate firm that specializes in 06855 - East Norwalk, and services all of Norwalk and Fairfield County, CT. Linda has been in the Real Estate business for 20+ years, spending 18 of them as a Owner/Broker. Being a Broker adds a lot responsibility to her job. She is responsible for overseeing every transaction and agent in the office. This is a challenge that she looks forward to and takes very seriously. She is constantly taking continuing education classes and attending seminars to keep abreast of the ever changing market as well as the industry standards, rules and regulations.  

She is a native to East Norwalk, and has an in-depth knowledge of the city that she loves, as well as the intricacies of the many unique neighborhoods and areas that Norwalk offers. Linda offers her clients a network of professionals ranging from Attorneys, Mortgage Brokers, Home Stagers and Home Inspectors to any and all pros that you may need for a successful transaction and for the convenience of her clients.  

"My job doesn't end at the closing table. It goes far beyond that, keeping in touch and staying friends who refer their family and friends. A lot of my business is referral business which is the greatest accomplishment and honor of all. Earning my clients trust."