How many times have you flipped through the pages of a magazine or watched a makeover TV show and wondered, would that design idea work for my house? Often, we love how something looks in one environment only to find out we’re not as in love with it in our own. Well, if you’ve fallen in love with the beautiful outdoor living spaces of the HGTV® Dream Home 2019 (and who hasn’t) and would like to visualize what those products would look like in your personal home environment, Belgard has the online tool for you!
The click-and-drag tools will allow you manipulate the shape of paver fields and walls and will even allow you to create curved walls. All elements are kept to scale, appearing smaller or larger depending upon where it is positioned in the design–adding to the realism of the design. You can also rotate design elements to make the paver pattern flow in a different direction or change the angle of any of the three-dimensional elements. When you’re finished with your creation, you can even save and share the project.
Presenting the Belgard SoCal 2018 Best Outdoor Living Project featuring Lafitt® Grana Slab in Montecito and Toscana color blends. The spectacular outdoor living space of this San Diego home features a classically shaped pool with a paving stone pool deck and a raised spa that doubles as a water feature.
Adjacent to the pool sits a well-equipped raised outdoor kitchen that features a paver patio, multiple cooking surfaces, ample storage and built-in stainless appliances. The kitchen is accented by industrial string lighting and flanked by a rustic covered outdoor living room and dining area.
An eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional design elements, the covered area includes a stunning natural stone outdoor fireplace, infrared heaters, a built-in television cubby, and a large dining area — making it the ultimate year-round outdoor entertaining spot. Installer Western Outdoor Design & Build incorporated natural stone accents throughout the space to tie the design together.
With National Grilling Month coming up in July, we reached out to the more than 80,000 subscribers of our monthly Outdoor Living by Belgard eNewsletter to visit our Outdoor Kitchen and Outdoor Grill Island Pinterest boards and vote on their favorite designs. The votes have been tallied, and here on the top 5 outdoor kitchen designs in each category.
Top 5 Outdoor Kitchen Designs
Top 5 Grill Island Designs
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Just as the kitchen has always been the heart of the home, the outdoor kitchen is quickly becoming the heart of the backyard outdoor living space. According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA), more than 75 percent of all U.S. households currently include an outdoor grill or smoker. However, that’s only part of the story. More and more homeowners are converting patio grilling areas into fully functioning outdoor kitchens that become the central gathering place for family and guests. Check out some of the latest trends.
Bar-style seating has become very popular in outdoor kitchen design for the same reason it’s popular in indoor kitchen design…it creates a communal atmosphere where family members and guests can all interact during the prep and cooking process. It also provides additional dining space, and with the addition of a television, becomes the perfect spot for outdoor tailgating.
Multiple Cooking Surfaces
Today’s outdoor chef isn’t happy with just a standard grill. Modern outdoor kitchen design quite often includes multiple cooking surfaces — including gas burners, gas or charcoal grills, ceramic smokers, and wood-burning or gas ovens.
Everything Including the Kitchen Sink
A growing trend in outdoor kitchen design is to include all the “creature comforts” of an indoor kitchen. Nearly every indoor kitchen appliance now has an outdoor-rated version — including ice makers, refrigerators, dishwashers, keg coolers and more. With a fully-functioning outdoor kitchen, there’s no need to constantly run indoors for supplies…everything you need is at your fingertips. Add a stereo system, wi-fi access and a TV, and you can truly live in your outdoor living space.
Stainless Steel Cabinets
Stainless steel doors and drawers are popular because they are resistant to rot, weather and insects. Stainless also adds a striking look to coordinate with grills and appliances. Over time, some stains will appear on the surface, but can easily be removed with a stainless steel cleaner, making them look as good as new.
Built-in seating has been trending for years in outdoor living rooms, especially around fire features. Now, the trend is making it’s way into outdoor kitchens. A seat wall helps define the space, adds a striking aesthetic, and allows you to provide ample seating for large gatherings to supplement seating provided by barstools and dining tables.
Outdoor Kitchen Pizza Ovens
Forget calling for delivery when you can enjoy a homemade pizza with an amazing flame-grilled flavor. Whether we’re talking about economical gas-powered tabletop ovens, or gorgeous built-in wood-fired brick ovens, outdoor ovens are definitely trending. The great thing about a brick oven is that it’s not just for pizza. Nearly anything you would bake in an indoor oven can be cooked in a brick oven. You may never cook indoors again.
Modular Outdoor Kitchens
The Belgard® Elements Collection of modular outdoor kitchen units enables homeowners to have the look of a custom outdoor kitchen for a fraction of the cost and time. Belgard Elements are built in a factory setting and shipped in sections to be quickly installed on-site, meaning your kitchen will be installed in merely hours instead of weeks.
When it comes to finding design ideas for built-in outdoor grills, we’ve got you covered. Get cooking with some of our favorite grilling station design ideas, from simple built-in grill islands to gourmet outdoor kitchens.
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The Angular Look
These outdoor kitchens use multiple angles and countertops galore to create expansive grilling stations with ample prep and serving space, as well as bar-style seating, which allows the guests to keep the outdoor chef company.
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The Classic L-Shape
With a classic L-shaped grilling station, everything you need is within arm’s reach, which makes cooking and clean-up a breeze.
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Multiple Cooking Surfaces
Gourmet outdoor chefs can’t settle for just one cooking method.
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Outdoor kitchens and grilling stations don’t have to follow the limited linear rules of an indoor cooking space. Get creative with curvy designs.
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You can’t go wrong with the classic look of brick.
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For a unique design, sometimes you have to think outside of the box.
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Outdoor Grill Islands
Even when space is at a premium, you can still have an eye-catching outdoor grill.
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Some folks want an outdoor kitchen and built-in grill that offers all of the convenience and “creature comforts” of the indoors.
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Wood & Stone
There’s just something earthy and fabulous about combining the looks of wood and stone together. An excellent way to do that is by adding an arbor to your outdoor kitchen space, which not only helps filter the sunlight, but adds pop to your outdoor living design.
In the annual national survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), landscape design professionals are polled regarding the outdoor living project types and individual design elements that have the highest demand. The results of this year’s survey are in, and for the third consecutive year, eco-friendly projects dominate the top 10 project list. And although it’s no surprise, internet connectivity made its way into the must-have list this year. In terms of individual design elements, the overwhelming majority of the design items have to do with making outdoor areas more livable. For the third consecutive year, fire pits and fireplaces top the list of most popular design elements.