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Take a look at our favourite outdoor kitchen + BBQ designs

Written by Kim Bridle | Jul 5, 2018 6:08:12 AM

Our Queensland climate means much of our everyday lives revolve around embracing the outdoors.

It’s no surprise then that our outdoor entertaining spaces are high on the list of priorities when it comes to designing a new home build. One of the most significant elements to an outdoor space is a purpose built outdoor kitchen, which houses the all-important BBQ. 

Here are some of our favourite designs that incorporate practical and aesthetically pleasing elements to inspire your outdoor kitchen space.

Compact + Sleek

Image from Pinterest.

We love the seamless, slimline, cantilevered design of this unit. The low BBQ profile is a perfect selection for this space as it disappears into the thin profile of the design. This design also incorporates an upholstered bench seat allowing extra seating area when entertaining. This is a great design outcome for a compact, terrace-style outdoor entertaining space. The timber planter box, which houses potted plants is also a clever way to soften a generally hard/harsh selection of materials. Timber requires a great deal of maintenance and upkeep when exposed directly to the elements so it’s worth considering and evaluating materials when designing your space. Here’s a great BBQ that we love close to this design.

The indoor to outdoors

Designed and built by Kalka.

Continuation from the indoor kitchen to the outdoors keeps a similar colour palate and design style throughout your home. This particular unit has storage incorporated and also space for an outdoor bar fridge as well as ample bench space for meal preparation and serving. , features reconstituted stone has been used for the benchtop and a tiled splashback for ease of cleaning. We recommend ensuring the benchtop material is suitable for outdoor use and in particular, able to withstand the high temperatures of a BBQ unit. It’s also important to consider that the material selected for the base of the unit is suitable for its location and level of exposure to the elements.

Compact corner nook

Designed by Arch_photo by Derek Swalwel.

Incorporating your outdoor BBQ and kitchen into a generally unusable corner is a clever use of space. This design has a purpose built concrete wall to house the BBQ and protect it from the elements. The direct connection to the kitchen through a servery window allows for immediate access to the kitchen sink and food inside. An integrated bar fridge is also built in, which is perfect for entertaining and provides additional storage space. The built in rangehood also allows the cooking emissions to be extracted while the BBQ is in use.

Clever concealed storage

Built by Kalka, designed by Shaun Lockyer Architects, photographed by Scott Burrows Photography.

This homes alfresco and entertainment area features a custom made Marine Grade stainless steel benchtop, which is an excellent material for cleaning, maintenance and longevity. The timber battons to the base of the unit act as a decorative element to soften the surrounding stone. They also conceal an integrated drawer fridge and storage cupboards to avoid things looking too busy.

Concrete forms

Built by Kalka, designed by Shaun Lockyer Architects, photographed by Scott Burrows Photography.

Concrete is a durable material that is suitable for all outdoor spaces. It comes in many different finishes and colours, which can be created by altering the stone aggregate and colour of the sand. Another benefit is that It does need to be sealed. The above example showcases concrete that has been poured on site to create a BBQ unit with a unique chiselled form that follows the angles of the outdoor entertaining space. The open fireplace has also been integrated into this design. The introduction of timber to the cupboard door fronts soften and balances the surrounding concrete and the doors conceal an integrated bar fridge and storage.

Outdoor entertainers dream

Image courtesy of Pinterest.

Outdoor cooking never looked so glamourous with this stunning space featuring a built-in wood fired pizza oven that is balanced by a sleek and slimline BBQ cooktop and an adjacent outdoor sink. The placement of this outdoor kitchen seems to be very exposed to outdoor elements, so to achieve something similar we would recommend researching materials, fixtures and fittings to ensure they can stand the test of time.

A hidden gem

Image courtesy of Pinterest.

While this design could be refined we think it’s a very clever idea. The custom hinged timber doors keep the BBQ and safe from environmental elements and minimise visual clutter in what is a small space. This design option could be evolved for those who have a tight space or wouldn’t mind walking away from cleaning duties without being caught out.