Hot Outdoor Kitchen Trends for Summer 2022
A conversation with Eleanor Butchart, Owner of On Fire in Santa Rosa.
What are the latest trends in Outdoor Kitchens?
Today, you can create outdoor kitchens with all the amenities you have inside, including soft-close drawers, and a variety of door styles— from slab to shaker to louver—in an array of colors and finishes. In addition, the cabinetry can be as functional as it is indoors, offering multiple drawers, trash pulls, sliding shelves and other conveniences.
What kind of appliances can I have in my outdoor kitchen?
Manufacturers are continually adding to the variety of kitchen appliances you can use outdoors. Based on your cooking preferences, you can choose grills, smokers, pizza ovens and flat-top griddles. You can also add icemakers, beer taps, wine coolers, refrigerators and dishwashers (believe it or not). Additionally, two companies we work with—Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens and Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens— manufacture 100% stainless steel cabinetry for every outdoor appliance, so your outdoor kitchen can have the finished look of your indoor one, if you like.
I like the look of wood. Can I have wooden cabinets outdoors?
All native wood cabinets require ongoing maintenance. But even with the most conscientious efforts, wood will eventually weather, crack and warp. Danver and Brown Jordan offer very realistic wood-grain, powder-coat finishes on their cabinetry. Available in a variety of species and grains, these cabinets are maintenance-free and can provide years of enjoyment.
Can I purchase the cabinets from you and build the kitchen myself?
Some customers have built their own outdoor kitchens, but when the project is intricate or the location is challenging, it’s best to get a designer and contractor involved. While the cabinets go together rather easily, there are preparations required for bringing gas, water and electricity to a site. Planning for slope and drainage, weather protection, counter tops and masonry elements involves specialized expertise.
I don’t have a big backyard. Where can I put my outdoor kitchen?
The modular nature, weight and variety of cabinet sizes today offer you greater flexibility than ever for creating an outdoor kitchen. You can locate yours on a deck, rooftop, patio, small back yard or otherwise tighter space than you could in years past.
Any other recommendations for creating a nice outdoor environment?
Yes, make sure you have an outdoor dining room! It is important that the furniture is comfortable and inviting so people will sit down and relax. Summer Classics is a brand we love. They make their furniture for any environment and it’s all in timeless style. If you live in the Redwoods or on the Coast this is the furniture that will withstand the elements. It’s just beautiful too. From Teak to Wrought Aluminum or all-weather woven, they all offer plenty of style and comfort that you just can’t get at a discount box store.
Deep seat lounging with durable and beautiful fade-proof fabrics are perfect for anywhere you want to relax outdoors. Choose from a collection of seating styles—Bar-height chairs, benches and Dining Chairs—that pair beautifully with a variety of dining tables. Compliment your dining space with near-by deep seating and you’re on your way to the outdoor room of your dreams.
Perfection requires planning, so we’re always happy to help you select the pieces and fabrics for special order. Freshen up your landscaping, add a fire pit and you will have a special place to gather with family and friends to enjoy the fresh air and the California seasons in the comfort of your own backyard. Come by our showroom and explore!