Designing the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen

As traditional backyards evolve into luxurious outdoor living spaces, custom outdoor kitchens featuring stainless steel cabinetry are leading the way. Known for its longevity, easy maintenance and wide array of beautiful finish options, stainless steel is an ideal material for spaces where durability is a concern.

Outdoor kitchens have recently been ranked at the top of national housing trend lists and homeowner remodeling plans. Upscale kitchen amenities found inside the home are now migrating to outdoor living spaces. Designers, production builders and custom builders alike are customizing outdoor living spaces in the same way they have traditionally done interior cabinetry. There are now countless options catering to homeowners’ specific entertainment desires including a variety of unique grilling appliances, pizza ovens, refrigeration and bartending centers.

Investing in the beauty and function of an outdoor kitchen not only creates a perfect entertainment space to enjoy with family and friends, it also adds exceptional value to a home. Whether you are looking to extend your existing kitchen style outdoors or want to create a completely unique look to differentiate the spaces, the following items will help you get started.

Cabinetry

Stainless steel cabinetry is ideal for outdoor kitchens, and provides a real design alternative to traditional stone & stucco BBQ islands. Danver has been manufacturing 100% commercial grade stainless steel cabinets for outdoor kitchens under the Danver and Brown Jordan name since the late 1990’s. They are at the forefront of outdoor stainless steel cabinets specifically designed and engineered for outdoor kitchens, transitional rooms, rooftops and other outdoor spaces. Stainless cabinetry is the perfect choice for beauty, style and durability, and has become the top choice of architects, designers and builders. With 8 door style options ranging from slab to shaker and beadboard, there truly is something for everyone.

Java powder coated beadboard style stainless outdoor kitchen

Many indoor cabinet features are making their way outside, including frameless European styling with overlay doors, drawers featuring double-wall construction, and full extension undermount glides with self-close/soft-close technology. Additionally, doors now include soft-close stainless steel hinges rated for outdoor use. Available upper cabinets, glass inserts, hoods and numerous door styles allow design freedom in outdoor kitchens like never before. Stainless cabinetry is being built to fit any manufacturer’s outdoor appliance: grills, smokers, side burners, sinks, bartending units and more.

Powder Coating

Each door component is powder coated prior to assembly, eliminating direct exposure of the stainless steel to the environment. This provides a seamless and nearly maintenance-free finish. Danver & Brown Jordan cabinet doors are available in an almost endless array of powder coat hues and realistic wood grain finishes, which have the look and feel of wood, without the wear and maintenance. Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens powder coat paint palette is a 10-color exclusive line that is hand selected to match the exclusive color options available on Brown Jordan furniture collections.

Covered outdoor kitchen
Cherry Flame wood grain powder coated stainless outdoor kitchen

Countertops

The two elements that set the style in a kitchen, indoors or outdoors, are the cabinets and countertops. In addition to holding up against time and climate, outdoor countertops need to complement your home and landscape. Not every countertop is built for outdoor environments. While granite, concrete and soapstone are familiar countertop materials, it’s important to remember to use the correct material for outdoor applications; one that remains structurally sound and maintains its beauty over time. Ultra-compact surfaces like Dekton countertops are gaining popularity in outdoor kitchens. The ultra-compact surfaces are designed for exterior use offering UV resistance for color stability, exceptional strength and high resistance to impacts, scratches and abrasions. Combining the wide range of countertop colors with the diverse cabinet styles available from Danver & Brown Jordan outdoor kitchens, designers have an endless variety of styling options to fit anyone’s creative needs.

Waterfall countertop over Slate powder coated cabinetry

Appliances

One of the great benefits of a custom outdoor kitchen is the selection of cooking appliances. Whether you have a favorite grill, smoker, side burner or even a pizza oven, your favorite appliances can be incorporated into your new outdoor kitchen. This signifies a shift in outdoor kitchen design allowing clients to choose cabinetry specifically designed to hold a particular appliance, i.e. a built in Green Egg.

Evo teppanyaki grill (left), Built in Kamado style cooker and grill (right)

Beverages

Bartending systems are among the most popular features in today’s outdoor entertainment spaces. The convenience of having a refrigerator integrated into your outdoor kitchen is becoming a must. Whether you want to add a kegerator, ice maker, sink or a complete bartending outfit, there are a growing number of options to help complete your project.

Island bartending center, sink and built in fridge, shaker doors with panel inserts

Ventilation

The ability to design an outdoor kitchen with the same flexibility as its indoor counterpart presents the occasional challenge – such as ventilating smoke. With covered spaces growing in popularity, Danver & Brown Jordan outdoor kitchens offer extra depth hoods designed perfectly for lanais and the transitional “Colorado” or “Florida” rooms. With an optional muffler the sound can be reduced, enhancing the comforts of outdoor living while removing smoke from grilling.

Matching hood in a covered outdoor living space with white shaker stainless cabinets

Multi Family

As developers continue to focus on adding amenities in apartment, townhouse, and condo common spaces, the demand for stainless outdoor kitchens continues to grow. Whether the space is a poolside amenity in a large complex or a rooftop in LoHi, homebuyers and renters alike value high quality outdoor gathering spaces. In addition, to meet local codes Danver stainless kitchens offer ADA compliant cabinetry so everyone can share the outdoor living space.

Common area rooftop kitchen on a multi family project

Wrap up

Whether cooking for your family or entertaining the neighborhood, an outdoor kitchen will enhance your entertaining space. A custom stainless outdoor kitchen brings function and style together while becoming an extension of your home.

Jeff Stone

About the Author:
Jeff Stone is an owner of Artisan Outdoor Kitchens and The Artisan Shop. Artisan Outdoor Kitchens has partnered to bring Danver and Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens to industry professionals and homeowners in the Front Range. With decades of experience in custom and remodel cabinetry, Artisan Outdoor Kitchens is your partner in outdoor kitchen design. All of the cabinetry is manufactured and powder coated in Connecticut using only the best 100-percent commercial grade stainless steel products on the market.