7 Must Have Elements for Your Built In Outdoor Kitchen

A built-in outdoor kitchen can take your home entertaining game to the next level. Whether you’re a grill master, a cocktail connoisseur, or just love hosting gatherings, you may be dreaming of an outdoor dining space that’s stylish, functional, and enjoyable for you and your guests.

But with so many options available, it can be overwhelming to determine what to include in your outdoor kitchen. At AES Hearth & Patio, we have all the entertainment options you’ll want and need. Keep reading as we reveal must-have elements for creating an outdoor entertaining and dining oasis.

Built-in Grill

The centerpiece of your outdoor kitchen should be a high-quality grill. Whether you prefer gas, charcoal, or a pellet grill, choose a size that fits your cooking needs and budget. Built-in grills offer a sleek, seamless look and can be customized to fit your outdoor kitchen design.

Built-in Smoker

Get a built-in smoker for a great way to bring restaurant-quality flavor to your backyard barbecues. Plus, it can free up space on your grilling grates, allowing you to cook multiple dishes simultaneously.

Outdoor Cabinets and Counterspace

Storage and counters are vital to any kitchen, including outdoor kitchens. Be sure to design ample counter areas to prep and serve.

Cabinets and drawers can be built around your grill area or into an island, allowing you to store most-needed supplies. If you have an exterior wall, consider installing upper kitchen cabinets.

Awning or Pergola

As a functional and stylish design feature, more than half of homeowners opt for an overhead structure. An awning or pergola provides shade and protection from the sun, creates a defined and attractive space for gathering with friends and family, and can extend the life of your outdoor kitchen equipment by shielding it from the elements.

Outdoor Furniture

Create a welcoming atmosphere by providing comfortable seating near your outdoor kitchen. A durable and weather-resistant dining table with comfy chairs is a must-have for enjoying meals prepared in your outdoor kitchen.

Outdoor Heaters and Fireplaces

If you plan to spend time in your outdoor kitchen during cool weather, adding heating may be a worthwhile investment. An outdoor fireplace looks beautiful and lets you enjoy your outdoor kitchen year-round. Also, consider other options, such as outdoor gas heaters or fire pits, to keep you and your guests warm and toasty for year-round use.

Outdoor Accessories

Complete your built-in outdoor kitchen with the following outdoor accessory elements.

Incorporate a sink in your outdoor kitchen design as a convenience for cleaning and providing access to running water.
Install under-counter refrigerators or beverage centers to keep drinks, condiments, and food cold and easily accessible.
Add lighting features, such as ceiling, under-cabinet, and task lighting for the grill, to enhance functionality and create a cozy ambiance.

We’re Here to Help You Build It!

At AES Hearth & Patio, our team of experts is ready to guide you through the design, planning, and installation process. Visit our website to shop online or tour our showroom at our Newville or Camp Hill, PA, locations to view our top brands and products. Schedule your free estimate today to get started on the built-in outdoor kitchen of your dreams.

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