Written by Hugh Metcalf

6 outdoor kitchens to inspire your garden makeover

The latest trend in garden design is a dedicated outdoor cooking space to make entertaining al fresco easy. Take a look at some of our favourite looks. 

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Image: Garden House Design 

Forget hot-tubs, the outdoor kitchen is the new must-have for entertaining in the garden. Ranging from simple barbecue set-ups to fully equipped al fresco cooking spaces, there’s something for every home and garden.

Fancy one for yourself? Here’s 6 ways that you could create a kitchen in your own outdoor space.

Wonder wall

A simple and achievable set up for even a small garden, this WWOO outdoor kitchen design by Garden House Design includes concrete surface prep space, a sink, simple storage and an egg-shape barbecue.

Freestanding furniture

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Image: Danetti  

Unlike a built-in kitchen, freestanding furniture can be stored away to protect it during the winter months. A kitchen bar like this from Danetti can be used for food prep and adjoined to a freestanding barbecue to round out the space’s cooking and storage functions.

Covered space

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Image: The London Tile Co. 

This luxe design idea features a kitchen that wouldn’t look out of place inside your home! Think about how you’ll enjoy your outdoor space – a retractable cover or umbrella will not only protect your furniture and kitchen from the rain, but also provide shade when you need it too.

Statement design


Gardens have a way to go to catch up with interiors in terms of capturing personality and a more characterful design aesthetic. However, this design using encaustic Ca’ Pietra tiles brings a real statement style to this modern outdoor space.

Rustic style

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Image: Unique Home Stays 

This creation at a coastal Cornwall home uses reclaimed wood and concrete surfaces for an industrial effect. In order to have appliances such as a fridge, electric will need to be extended from your home to your garden, while gas cookers can be powered by separate gas cannisters or a mainline gas supply.

A new structure


This lust-worthy outdoor kitchen has been built as a semi-covered structure to help shelter from the sun, rain and other extreme weather conditions. Even when covered, you’ll need to consider materials that are durable for outside use when creating your garden cooking space.


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