These outdoor kitchens are as varied as their alfresco settings – what they have in common is a level of function and good looks to rival their indoor counterparts

1. Far away so close

Vibrant chairs draw the eye in this outdoor setting, while a cooktop, barbecue and drinks fridge stand at the ready – and, hey, if you forgot the balsamic, you can always skip indoors to the main kitchen short metres away.

Designed by Darren Jessop, Jessop Architects

Photography by Jamie Cobel

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2. By extension

This welcoming al fresco kitchen/dining setting takes its cues from the main kitchen – large sliding glass panels between the two zones give the flexibility of having one continuous cooking and dining area, while still being able to separate them off when required.

Designed by Paul Clarke, Studio2 Architects

Photography by Simon Devitt

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3. Come rain, come shine 

Whether sunshine, sun showers, or a downpour, this al fresco dining/cooking space can handle anything the weather gods throw at it  courtesy of overhead operable louvres.

Designed by Paul Gallagher, Mace Landscape Group

Kitchen and barbecue – Alfresco Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor gas fireplace – Escea 5000, from Stoke Fireplace Studio

Decking – Millboard Smoked Oak, from Forte Refined Timber

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4. Mindful of overheads

How would you like your outdoor kitchen/living space covered? This space hedges its bets with a treated copper ceiling, operable louvres and even a sail cloth – together addressing aesthetics, function and a sense of lightness.

Designed by Southern Landmarx

Barbecue station – Buffalo Grills 8 Burner Longhorn Deluxe, from Trade Tested NZ

Patio fireplace – Warmington Outdoor Open Gas Fire, from McIvor Plumbers & Gasfitters

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5. Opulent outdoors

At night the stars must work hard to compete with this glittering al fresco kitchen/dining environment – the generously sized pavilion, has a covered and uncovered section, allowing the space to be used throughout changing seasons and weather. 

Designed by Carter Williamson Architects

Photography by The Guthrie Project

Fireplace – Escea EF5000

Pizza oven – Calabrese Grande, wood-fired

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6. Away from it all

Through clever design and plantings, this well-appointed inner city outdoor getaway achieves a private, get-away-from-it-all feel – seating areas, work surfaces and louvres provide all you need and there's even a spa tucked in there somewhere.

Designed Emma Johnston, Goom Landscapes

Photography by Sarah Rowlands photography

Bar and kitchen benches – Kala, white, from STW

Timber decking – Purple Heart

Louvres – Silencio by Johnson & Couzins

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7. Look both ways

With secure glass doors to the seafront outlook behind the camera, this outdoor kitchen is also completely open to the pool and sheltered courtyard the other way.

Designed by Urbane Projects

Photography by Joel Barbitta

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Story by: Trendsideas

18 Dec, 2022

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