Keys to Creating a Great Outdoor Kitchen

Cooking and Dining Al Fresco in Colorado

With many Colorado homeowners continuing to work from home either full or part-time, having a place to dine and relax that provides fresh air, a natural environment, and a refuge from the home office is a welcome addition.  An outdoor kitchen checks all of those boxes plus outdoor kitchens make entertaining easy, enhance your social life, keep the inside of your home cleaner, and can even lower energy bills by reducing the need for extra air conditioning to offset the heat generated by your range and ovens.

outdoor kitchen dining in Denver Colorado
beautiful terrace of a luxury house; dining table

We are so lucky to live in a climate where we can dine al fresco almost year-round, particularly if you have a covered patio or outdoor heating and somehow eating outdoors always feels like a special occasion.

Outdoor Kitchen Design Tips

The keys to creating a great outdoor kitchen are not dissimilar to an indoor counterpart.  Great design accounts for the different functional zones kitchens require. These include places for sinks, refrigerators, countertops, storage and cooking.  The major difference between indoor and outdoor kitchen design is the need to account for mother nature. Outdoor kitchens are exposed to the elements.  That’s why we often recommend to homeowners along the front range of the Rockies materials that can withstand natural elements that are also easy to maintain and clean.  For example, we often recommend engineered quartz designed specifically for outdoor applications or stainless-steel countertops, sealed pavers or concrete decking because they are grease and stain resistant and easy to clean.  There are also cabinet manufacturers that make products specifically for outdoor applications.

Another popular feature of an outdoor kitchen among homeowners in Denver is a structure that provides shade.  These may include an open-air roof structure, arbor, pergola or canopy that provides protection from the sun, rain, wind, and other weather conditions. 

Other Outdoor Features

Your outdoor kitchen should complement other outdoor features that can include landscaping, outdoor dining rooms, living rooms or even a swimming pool.  When we design outdoor kitchens for homeowners in Denver, we account for traffic flow from one area to another, not dissimilar to the same approach used when designing indoor kitchens.

Outdoor Lighting

Your dream outdoor kitchen also should include adequate lighting for cooking under the stars, socializing with family and friends and navigating the different “outdoor rooms,” that adjoin the space.  Many homeowners in Colorado also include a separate pizza oven, fireplace, fans, heaters and sound systems in their outdoor spaces.

How can an outdoor kitchen make your home more enjoyable?  Give us a call at or make an appointment to visit one of our showrooms and let us show you how you can expand your living space and take advantage of the best that mother nature has to offer by creating a dream outdoor kitchen.

We have Four Colorado Locations to Serve You

JM Kitchen & Bath Design – Denver
2324 S. Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80222
(303) 300-4400
Showrooms Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Sat 9:00 am-3:00 pm
*Appointments are encouraged, however, walk-ins are always welcome.

JM Kitchen & Bath Design – Castle Rock
1375 Caprice Drive
Castle Rock, CO 80109
(303) 688-8279
Showrooms Hours: Monday by Appointment Only, Tues-Fri 9:00 am-5:00 pm Saturday 9:00 am-1:00 pm *Appointments are encouraged, however, walk-ins are always welcome.

JM Kitchen & Bath Design – Colorado Springs
4557 Austin Bluffs Pkwy
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
(719) 596-9990
Showroom Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 am-5:30 pm Saturday 10:00 am-2:00 pm
*Appointments are encouraged, however, walk-ins are always welcome.

JM Kitchen & Bath Design – Arvada
Arvada Market Place
7390 W 52nd Ave, Suite A
Arvada, CO 80002
(720) 674-6880
Showroom Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
*Appointments are encouraged, however, walk-ins are always welcome.

Call any of our locations or click here to have one of our designers contact you or to schedule a showroom consultation.