Category: Outdoor Kitchen Designs

Outdoor Kitchen Design Ideas and Essentials

September 01, 2021

Dining al fresco is hard to beat. There’s just something extra special about enjoying a meal with family or friends outside in the fresh air. Here in the Pacific Northwest, where we are blessed with a relatively temperate climate, outdoor dining is possible nearly year-round. It’s no wonder outdoor kitchens are hugely popular. And with today’s all-weather appliances and other amenities available the design possibilities are endless! If you’ve been dreaming about your own outdoor kitchen, here are our top ideas and tips to make your alfresco cooking and dining even more delightful. Outdoor Kitchen vs. Grilling Station Outdoor kitchens are on par with indoor kitchens. While grilling stations and outdoor kitchens can include many of the same features, what sets the two apart are kitchen essentials like a sink with running water, a cooktop and/or oven, a refrigerator, prep areas, and counter and storage space. Both outdoor grilling stations and outdoor kitchens offer a wide range of appliance and design options, so your ideal set-up will come down to the features and amenities you want to include. Smart Kitchen Design Whether your dream kitchen is a simple set-up or a more elaborate affair, the same design principles apply. A good place to start is to think about the functional zones (i.e., prep, cooking, washing areas) and how each works together. This is where a professional designer can help you create an ideal kitchen layout with all the features you want to be included. A good designer will also provide ideas you probably never thought of! Location Matters Let’s face it, hauling food and utensils back and forth across your yard is not all that much fun. Situating your outdoor kitchen closer to the house will eliminate those long treks. But how close is ideal? Well, that depends on the amenities you want to include. A fully functioning outdoor kitchen with all the essentials probably does not need to be on the other side of the wall from your indoor kitchen. So, what appliances and features you include, and how your indoor and outdoor kitchens will be used together when cooking and entertaining, are key considerations to determine the best location. (more…)

Planning Your Spring Hardscaping Project

October 19, 2015

Hillsboro Patio & Water FeatureAs Portland’s winter rains settle in, it’s the perfect time to think about improvements for next year. This is especially true for those dreaming of outdoor living area renovations. Every year, we receive springtime calls for patio updates and other hardscaping projects. Unfortunately, by then we are already booked solid for the season! That’s why we’re encouraging you to plan ahead. Fall and winter are ideal seasons for getting your next big outdoor project started with careful planning. In this post we walk you through planning steps for outdoor hardscaping projects. (more…)

Hillsboro Landscapers Create Custom Outdoor Kitchen & More

September 30, 2015

Custom Fireplace Design in HillsboroToday we’re featuring one of our recent Hillsboro landscaping efforts. Our clients required elegance as well as functionality for their new landscaping, as they were preparing to host their grandchild´s wedding. Their goal was to convert their own space into a graceful, serviceable location for the big event. Fortunately, our clients had the foresight to contact our team early in order to complete their project early. In fact, we finished it a full year before the wedding. (more…)

Outdoor Kitchen Design: Tips for Portland Landscaping [Infographic]

March 13, 2014

Portland Landscaping Outdoor KitchenAre you a Portland-area resident considering an outdoor kitchen for your next remodeling project? This Infographic offers tips from our expert Portland landscapers on what to consider for an ideal design. The indoor/outdoor living trend continues to grow, as does the demand for outdoor kitchens. We invite you to learn more about renovation trends, remodeling and outdoor kitchen costs. (more…)

Outdoor Kitchen Designs for Portland, Oregon Landscaping

March 07, 2014

When it comes to Portland outdoor kitchen designs, Landscape East & West excels at making sure your custom kitchen exceeds your expectations and meets your budget. Our designers are experts when it comes to helping our clients determine the features they need in an outdoor kitchen, such as cooking surfaces and appliances.  When it comes to architectural details and building materials, we work with our clients to choose those that are in harmony with their home and landscape. (more…)

Outdoor Kitchen Design Advice from Portland Landscaping Contractors, by Lee Glasscock

March 03, 2014

Paver Patio with Attached RoofThere’s no doubt that outdoor kitchens are increasingly in demand. Study after study shows that realtors and homebuilders see outdoor kitchens as one of the most requested features in a new home. No wonder—the recession left many homeowners looking for ways to expand their living spaces without upgrading to a new house (and a new mortgage). (more…)