Design & Style

5 Ways to Add a Great Outdoor Kitchen

You can create a deluxe food prep, grilling & entertaining space on your deck or patio without breaking the bank
By Lisa Readie Mayer
Published: April 16, 2014
Napoleon Gourmet Grills Oasis Islands outdoor kitchen
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Remember when a cookout at the cabin meant firing up the hibachi and gathering around the redwood picnic table? Today that scenario is often replaced by a state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen.

More than just a grill, an outdoor kitchen is a cooking and entertaining center with all the comfort and convenience of an indoor kitchen, including appliances, storage cabinets, and countertop prep and serving spaces. And while it’s possible to spend $50,000 or more on custom masonry islands outfitted with built-in refrigerators, warming drawers, pizza ovens, ice makers, dishwashers, keg dispensers, trash bins, TVs – even the kitchen sink – there are ways to create affordable outdoor kitchens that still look great and offer plenty of fun and function.

Here are five ways to build an outdoor kitchen without breaking the bank.
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