How to Create an Outdoor Kitchen


Article by Cate Marian

Photography by Stock Images + Provided

When the weather’s nice, most of us would rather be sitting outside with a glass of wine than slaving over a hot stove. Yet dinner must be made—so let’s bring the kitchen to you. Here are some DIY ideas to create a special outdoor spot dedicated to cooking and entertaining—even if it’s just for you and your immediate family. 

Grill Stations

There’s nothing like firing up the grill on a nice summer day … and then making multiple trips into the house for plates, tongs, spices, skewers, and anything else you forgot. No thank you. Here are some ways to add countertops, storage, convenience and style to create a grill station you won’t want—or need—to leave. 

“It’s not enough to just have a grill. The cook will need a station near the grill to prepare food for cooking, to store plates, utensils and to serve the food or let it rest after grilling.”

— HomeBNC

Pizza Ovens

Don’t be fooled. This wood-fired cooking method is not just for pizza. Use it to cook everything from meat and fish to vegetables and even dessert. It’s a great option when you want to just throw your food in, and go about your business. And it’s easier than you might think to build. 

“Add a wood-fire pizza oven to your outdoor kitchen. Learn how to create the base and install it with our step-by-step DIY guide.”



Create a space to serve up cocktails in style. An outdoor bar can be elaborately crafted, or as simple as repurposing an old barrel. It all depends on your style and budget. 

“Whether it's a standalone feature or part of a complete kitchen, an outdoor bar can make your backyard a destination and reason to entertain.”

—The Spruce

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