What’s more luxurious than an elite dining experience at your favorite restaurant? Go ahead… we’ll wait! But who says you can’t have that same elevated experience at home?!

An outdoor kitchen and dining area can transform your backyard and elevate your at-home dining, giving you all the bells and whistles of a fancy restaurant, with the added comfort of being at home!

Let’s look at the benefits of creating an outdoor kitchen, a few of the most popular must-have features, and the factors to consider before construction.

Benefits Of Adding an Outdoor Kitchen

As mentioned before, the most obvious benefit of outdoor kitchens is the opportunity to elevate your dining experiences and truly transform your home. But there are so many benefits to adding an outdoor kitchen to your backyard. Once you have one, you’ll wonder why you didn’t get one sooner!

Take a look at some of the key benefits of having an outdoor kitchen.

  • Adds a luxury element to your outdoor living space.
  • A fun way to make even more memories with the ones you love.
  • Great utilization of your space and a perfect pairing for pools, fire pits, or outdoor theatres.
  • Adds value to your home, making it a great investment.
  • Extra convenience, making it easier to entertain guests without having to run in and out of the house to get supplies (especially in wet bathing suits!)

10 Must-Haves for a Luxury Outdoor Kitchen

While the possibilities are endlessly customizable to the exact taste, style, and design of your home, here are some of the most popular features and appliances to elevate your outdoor kitchen!

  1. Grill or BBQ with Plenty of Counter Space
  2. Brick Pizza Oven
  3. Compact Refrigerator or Freezer
  4. Ice Maker
  5. Wine Fridge or Cocktail Station
  6. Beer Tap or Kegerator
  7. Large Sink for Easy Clean-Up
  8. Trash Bin or Trash Compactor
  9. Lots of Storage for Utensils
  10. Patio Heater or Fire Pit


What to Consider Before Adding an Outdoor Kitchen

  • Cost

According to Home Advisor, the national average cost to build an outdoor kitchen in 2022 ranged from $5,843 to $23,743. This can vary significantly depending on how in-depth the construction may be and the types and brands of appliances and accessories you choose to add on. While it’s certainly an investment, it’s one you’ll absolutely fall in love with!

  • Installation Resources

When you’re in the planning stage, be sure to choose the right construction team to help you build. It’s also important to be cautious of utility lines that may impact where you can build. Important functions like connecting running water to a sink, gas lines to the grill, or electricity to a refrigerator should all be carefully planned and considered before deciding how to design the space.

  • Space & Design

Think about how your outdoor kitchen will fit with the flow of your backyard. What style, theme, or design do you want the space to have? Also, consider how the elements will blend in with what you already have in your backyard. Ask questions like how the kitchen will pair with your pool liner, decorations, and outdoor furniture.

Let Your Culinary Genius Shine!

Let’s face it… The value of an outdoor kitchen is incalculable. It’s not only a monetary investment into your home but a sentimental investment as you’re creating a space for great meals (and even greater moments) to share with the ones you love.

Looking for some outdoor kitchen inspiration? Visit our Pinterest Board to get your creative juices flowing! Have a pool-specific need? Remember to reach out to your local dealer or swimming pool professional!