Designing & Inspiration

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

An outdoor kitchen is the perfect space to create some of your home’s most memorable moments. From garden parties to BBQ feasts, beautiful and functional outdoor kitchen spaces are a great way to make the most out of the Australian climate.

A kitchen outdoors lets you make use of all the space your home has to offer – with the added luxury of cooking and dining in the open air. You probably have endless inspiration saved for your dream main kitchen space, but when it comes to your outdoor space, where do you start?

G.J. Gardner Homes has found tried-and-true formulas for designing your outdoor kitchen that’ll create the perfect space, from inside to outside. 

Blue Water

Keep it connected

Switch up the standard outdoor kitchen arrangement, and instead, let this outdoor space be the heart of your home. The Blue Water home positions its alfresco space so it flows from the living space, and rests under the bridge connecting the two wings of the house. This lets the space not be left disconnected from the rest of your home and likely to go unused. With different landscaping materials and sleek concealing cabinetry, this outdoor luxury can fit seamlessly in.


Open plan in the open air

Generously sized outdoor kitchens let you bring an open plan living and kitchen space to the open air. A home like the Wide Bay or the Baltimore features a cleverly designed outdoor space that offers a spacious garden as well as a cooking area, a dining table and lounge area. This dynamic is perfect for entertaining by providing families and guests plenty of space to unwind but ensuring whoever is cooking can stay in the heart of the action. 


Cover up

A popular idea for an outdoor kitchen is to keep the space undercover so you can reap all the benefits of being outside without the risk of rain or sun exposure. Homes like the Freshwater provide a kitchen outdoors in the alfresco space, including a fridge, sink and grill as well as plenty of space for your dining table, all with a timber panelled roof. The use of more natural materials enhances the outdoor experience as you enjoy breezes and fresh air, without exposure to the harsher elements. 

Optimised alfresco

If the idea of another kitchen seems too daunting for your culinary skills or entertaining habits, an optimally designed alfresco off your open living space can be the perfect compromise. The floorplan of a home like the Mandalay has been designed so the outdoor spaces effortlessly flow into the indoors. The use of an undercover dining area, and desert-style landscaping lets this outdoor area feel private and exclusive. Instead of a kitchen outdoors, the outdoor space connects via a window to the butler’s pantry. Seamlessly flowing from the living room to the  alfresco, you can open up the space throughout the summers and entertain effortlessly thanks to an innovative floor plan. This arrangement is ideal if an outdoor kitchen could run the risk of going unused. 

Discover outdoor kitchen home designs today

With over 36,000 quality, customised homes built over the past 35 years, we can find the outdoor kitchen design for your home and lifestyle. Get in touch with a G.J. Gardner Homes consultant today.