Elevate Your Outdoor Living

January 25, 2024

If you live in the north like we do, it might be hard to imagine summer entertaining when it’s barely above zero and there’s over a foot of snow on the ground.  Believe it or not, this is the perfect time to plan a stunning outdoor kitchen and entertaining space.  Whether you’re a seasoned grill master or a social butterfly, designing an outdoor haven equipped for both culinary delights and festive gatherings can transform your home.  Outdoor Kitchens for the Patio | Custom Designs | Made in the USA (stollindustries.com)

Dekton countertops by Cosentino

The foundations of this perfect gathering space? Weather-resistant cabinets and countertops, stainless steel appliances, and comfortable dining and seating areas. Additional touches can also be added to enhance the enjoyment of your outdoor space.

The layout of an outdoor kitchen should include storage cabinets and drawers to keep cooking utensils, tools, and serving ware organized. Ensure ample counter space for food preparation, plating, and serving, perhaps even including an outdoor kitchen island.  Choose materials that withstand the elements to protect your kitchen essentials, such as granite or concrete countertops.  Outside use kitchens – Cosentino USA A covered cooking area to protect against the elements can also be a practical and attractive addition.

True outdoor appliances at KBIS 2023

Quality appliances are another key to successful outdoor cooking.  A reliable grill is a must, but consider additional appliances such as side burners, smokers, and outdoor pizza ovens for versatility.  Set up a dedicated area for beverages with a bar cart, mini-fridge, or built-in cooler.  Invest in stainless steel appliances for durability and easy maintenance.  Outdoor Refrigeration | True Residential (true-residential.com)

Creating comfortable seating areas with weather-resistant outdoor furniture.  In addition to a dining set, consider a mix of benches, chairs, and bar stools for a versatile entertaining space.  Install a pergola, awning, or outdoor umbrella to provide shade during sunny days, and a fire pit, outdoor fireplace, or patio heater for cozy gatherings on cooler evenings.


Additional features that may want to be considered include stylish ambient lighting and entertainment features.  Create a warm and inviting atmosphere with string lights, lanterns, and wall-mounted fixtures.  Integrate outdoor speakers or a sound system for music and entertainment.  Consider a television or a projector screen for outdoor movie nights.

Last but not least, add final touches that reflect your personality to your new entertainment area. Incorporate potted plants and landscaping for a touch of nature and color. Rugs, throw pillows, garden sculptures, water fountains, and other outdoor-friendly décor will make this space uniquely yours.

Whether you host barbecues, intimate dinner parties, or lively gatherings, make your backyard the go-to destination for unforgettable moments with family and friends. Let us help you design the perfect entertaining space for your summer entertaining, then get ready to fire up the grill, set the mood, and enjoy the beauty of outdoor living at its finest!

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