6 Stunning Kitchens to Inspire You to Dine Outdoors

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By Cathy Lara, Houzz

Many homeowners will raise a glass and celebrate the holiday — the unofficial start of summer — around a tablescape of Americana decor, chilled watermelon, cold beer and a homemade dessert. No matter how you choose to celebrate, let's enjoy the spirit of freedom and the start of warmer days with ideas from these inspiring outdoor kitchens.

 

Urrutia Design, original photo on Houzz 

Summer Outdoor Kitchen 1: Urrutia Design, original photo on Houzz

 

Don't we all want to dine al fresco in this homeowner's wood- and stone-clad backyard? The built-in grill is close to the dining table, making it the ideal setup for a small number of guests; the one manning the grill will always feel part of the group.

 

Chicago Green Design Inc, original photo on Houzz

Summer Outdoor Kitchen 2: Chicago Green Design Inc, original photo on Houzz

 

Everything about this rooftop shouts summer. From the lounge chairs that face breathtaking city views, to the sunny chartreuse color of the planters and cabinets to the minifridge and grill pair — this is the spot to sip a cold beer while the host flips burgers.

 

AMS Landscape Design Studios Inc, original photo on Houzz 

Summer Outdoor Kitchen 3: AMS Landscape Design Studios Inc, original photo on Houzz

 

This barside grill's backdrop is simply stunning, making it the perfect place to enjoy the breathtaking California sunset and a glass of chilled chardonnay.

 

McClellan Architects, original photo on Houzz

Summer Outdoor Kitchen 4: McClellan Architects, original photo on Houzz

 

My favorite part of the summer barbecue is the transition from dusk to nighttime, right when the temperature cools and beers are replaced with steaming mugs of hot cocoa or coffee. This contemporary outdoor space lets guests make the easy shift from outdoor dining chairs to more comfortable all-weather armchairs around the fire pit, which can only mean one thing: It's time to roast s'mores.

 

Frederick + Frederick Architects, original photo on Houzz

Summer Outdoor Kitchen 5: Frederick + Frederick Architects, original photo on Houzz

 

Here's a more traditional version of a space that lets guests transition from the dining table to a more casual seating arrangement. This enclosed porch houses an outdoor kitchen that's ideal for homes that get extremely hot summer weather. Roof coverage, ventilation and plenty of ceiling fans ensure a cool space during the day.

 

Rustic Patio, original photo on Houzz

Summer Outdoor Kitchen 6: Rustic Patio, original photo on Houzz

 

It's hard to get the modern rustic look right, but this covered outdoor kitchen hits the mark perfectly. Citrine banquettes, beam ceilings and wood used throughout the decor provides contrast to the stainless steel kitchen appliances. Sliding glass doors to the right show the outdoor kitchen's proximity to the indoor living space, making it a great place for postdinner sitting and mingling.

 

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