Outdoor Kitchen Ideas for Your Cabin Vacation Home

Kitchen & Grill Areas that are Sure to Suit your Getaway Home

Outdoor patios, dining spaces, fire pits, and grilling stations are all popular additions to almost any home. However, installing a full outdoor kitchen for a wooden cabin home, can be a bit more complicated.

When hosting a barbecue on your beautiful outdoor deck, you might find yourself missing a lot of the party if you’re always running inside and back out again with refills, side dishes, extra plates, and other little things that are just out of reach. Whether you find yourself hosting often, or you have a vacation home that you sublet or rent out during the off-season, it could be a smart idea to upgrade your backyard area by installing an outdoor kitchen.

outdoor cooking space

An outdoor kitchen doesn’t always have to be expensive when it comes to the great outdoors. It’s nice to enjoy the latest upgrades such as wood floors, outdoor sink, and a decent gas grill to boot, but its not always necessary.

Keeping it Simple

If you’re skeptical, just know that you don’t have to drop major cash to install the most high-tech outdoor kitchen possible. Just a few main essentials might be the only things you need to maximize the appeal of your cabin home.

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Maybe this is a bit too simple; but you get the idea.

Think about it: you don’t need to splurge too much on decor, because the view of your quaint cabin home and the natural beauty of nature are built right in! You can boil it down to a cooking area, a space to eat, and a few loungers or chairs for guests to socialize in, if you have the extra space for it.

So start off by placing a sink with some nice counter space next to it, followed by a stovetop, oven, and at least a mini-fridge. You could even start off with an old shed and make something of it.

A Rustic Style Bar

If you’re able to, set up a bar area. Some rustic wood barstools will blend perfectly with the cabin theme. As long as you make a point to keep the cooking area and the dining area, or at least the bar, with some space between them, you don’t have to worry about your guests being uncomfortably close to the flames. It’s a good idea to install at least a partial roof over the cooking area.

outdoor patio kitchen

A roof or even a balconette type of outcrop will help to make your outdoor kitchen feel like a truly separate room rather than an afterthought (even if it was). Additionally, a roof or some walling can help add to the privacy of the outdoor kitchen. If you add hedges or climbing vines to the architecture, it will help the transition from the indoors to the outdoors look more seamless.

Don’t Forget the Lights

Just because you’ll be surrounded by natural light doesn’t mean you can forget to install a good lighting system. If you want to enjoy the beauty of your outdoor space after dark, landscape lighting angled to illuminate the surrounding foliage is a great choice. During the day, you’ll want some overhead task lighting to shine downward on the food prep area but also won’t impede the view after dark. Some holiday-style twinkle lights make for a great decoration that’s not too artificial and meshes well with the outdoor theme.

Ultimately, how you design the outdoor kitchen for your cabin home is up to you. You know the way you use your cabin home better than we do, but we hope you found some of the above tips inspirational yet practical. Good luck building!

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