OUTDOOR KITCHEN IDEA CENTERDesigning your outdoor kitchen may seem like a daunting task. The are so many shapes, styles, and kitchen components to choose from it may seem overwhelming. In an effort to help you understand the different components that go into building an outdoor kitchen, we put together this design idea guide. We have broken the kitchens into 6 sizes, one of which is likely to be similar component wise to what you have in mind. Also included is info about wood fired pizza ovens. These seem to be growing in popularity and can be added to any kitchen. Renowned kitchen designer Dale G. Seiden and Alfresco Grills assisted us in creating this helpful guide.
Some people choose to construct their BBQ Islands out of cinder blocks and others use steel studs. Both have their merits. If your island has curves in it then cinder block is the way to go. If you are trying to maximize internal storage space, steel studs are the best choice. The main thing to remember is that the spacing of your components is critical to your BBQ island's usefulness. As long as you are purchasing medium to high end cooking components, the spacing of the equipment is probably more important than the actual components. If you can't set a plate down next to your grill, you will be unhappy with the finished product. Check out our Complete BBQ Islands for additional design ideas.
A 5' wide BBQ Island is as small as you can go and still have it be functional.
Increasing the width of your BBQ Island will allow you to add a second cooking component.
An 8' BBQ island is not much different than a 7' except that it allows you to add larger cooking components.
Increasing the width of your BBQ island to 10' gives you some options that you simply don't have with smaller units.
Building a BBQ island this size allows you to incorporate a large variety of cooking and entertainment components..
Adding a wood fired pizza oven is the ultimate addition to any outdoor kitchen.