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Outdoor Kitchens: All you need to know

Outdoor kitchens have become increasingly popular in recent years, transforming backyard spaces into multifunctional hubs for cooking, dining, and entertaining. Whether you’re a seasoned grill master or a culinary enthusiast, designing an outdoor kitchen allows you to enjoy the great outdoors while preparing delicious meals for family and friends. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore everything you need to know about outdoor kitchens, from design considerations and essential features to maintenance tips and budgeting advice.

Design Considerations

When planning your outdoor kitchen, consider the layout, functionality, and aesthetics of the space. Start by assessing the available space and determining the optimal location for your outdoor kitchen, taking into account factors such as sunlight exposure, prevailing winds, and proximity to the indoor kitchen and dining areas. Consider the flow of traffic and how guests will move through the space during gatherings and events.

Essential Features:

A well-designed outdoor kitchen should include essential features that enhance functionality and convenience. Key components typically include:

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An amazing stone outdoor kitchen decorated with metal chairs. It's being covered by a wooden roofing.
  • Grill Station

    The centerpiece of any outdoor kitchen, the grill station should be equipped with a high-quality grill suited to your cooking preferences, whether gas, charcoal, or pellet.

  • Countertops

    Durable countertops made from materials like granite, stainless steel, or concrete provide ample space for food preparation, serving, and cleanup.

  • Storage

    Incorporate ample storage space for utensils, cookware, and outdoor dining essentials to keep your outdoor kitchen organized and clutter-free.

  • Sink and Faucet

    A sink with running water facilitates food preparation, cleanup, and handwashing, adding convenience to your outdoor culinary experience.

  • Refrigeration

    A refrigerator or beverage cooler allows you to keep ingredients, beverages, and condiments cold and easily accessible while cooking and entertaining outdoors.

  • Outdoor Lightning

    Enhance safety and ambiance with strategic outdoor lighting, including task lighting for food preparation areas, ambient lighting for dining and entertaining spaces, and accent lighting to highlight architectural features and landscaping elements.

Maintenance Tips

Proper maintenance is essential to ensure the longevity and performance of your outdoor kitchen. Follow these tips to keep your outdoor kitchen looking and functioning its best:

  • Regular Cleaning

    Clean grill grates, countertops, and surfaces regularly to remove grease, food residue, and debris.

  • Protective Covers

    Invest in weatherproof covers for your appliances, countertops, and furniture to protect them from the elements and prolong their lifespan.

  • Seasonal Maintenance

    Inspect your outdoor kitchen seasonally for signs of wear and damage, such as rust, corrosion, or loose fittings, and address any issues promptly to prevent further damage.

  • Professional Service

    Schedule periodic inspections and maintenance by a qualified professional to ensure that your outdoor kitchen appliances and components are functioning properly and safely.

A metal outdoor kitchen with a little fridge, embeded in a stone deck. A lot materials blend in this photo.
outdoor kitchen natural stone

Budgeting Advice:

When budgeting for an outdoor kitchen, consider factors such as the size of the space, the quality of materials and appliances, and the complexity of the design. Allocate funds for essential components such as the grill, countertops, and storage, and prioritize features based on your cooking style and entertaining needs. Factor in additional costs for installation, landscaping, and outdoor furniture to complete the outdoor kitchen experience.

We conclude that, yes, you must have an outdoor kitchen! Because…

They offer a versatile and enjoyable way to expand your living space and enhance your outdoor entertaining experience. By considering design considerations, essential features, maintenance tips, and budgeting advice, you can create a functional and stylish outdoor kitchen that reflects your lifestyle and culinary preferences. Whether you’re hosting a casual barbecue with friends or preparing gourmet meals for family gatherings, an outdoor kitchen provides the perfect backdrop for creating cherished memories and culinary delights in the great outdoors. Explore the possibilities and start planning your outdoor kitchen today!

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Outdoor kitchens

Designing the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen

Are you ready to upgrade your culinary experience in your outdoor living space?

Now it’s possible! If you’ve always dreamed about an outdoor kitchen in your patio, we can offer you the best of the best at SunSouth Carolinas, so you can enjoy the premium experience you deserve: An outdoor kitchen built with the best materials available for outdoors, with a customizable design thanks to our wide variety of materials and with a quality finish thanks to our excellent team of professionals who will be in charge of bringing your dream project to reality.

Benefits of our SunSouth Carolinas Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor Entertainment

An outdoor kitchen provides an ideal space to entertain family and friends in an outdoor setting since you can enjoy meals throughout the year and create memorable moments while cooking and sharing food.

Enhanced Outdoor Design

It serves as a focal point and complements the surrounding landscape, creating a cohesive and inviting outdoor living area. Additionally, the addition of an outdoor kitchen allows for seamless integration of various elements such as countertops, cooking appliances, and seating areas, resulting in a well-designed outdoor environment that enhances the beauty and usability of your patio.

Culinary Variety

An outdoor kitchen gives you the opportunity to cook a variety of foods that might not be practical or safe to cook indoors. From grilled barbecues to wood-fired pizzas, an outdoor kitchen allows you to explore a wide range of culinary techniques and recipes!

Increases Property Value

A well-designed and built outdoor kitchen can enhance the appeal of your property and add value to your home. Many potential buyers find outdoor features appealing, which could make your property stand out in the real estate market.

Healthier Outdoor Living

Spending time outdoors is beneficial for both physical and mental health, that’s why an outdoor kitchen encourages you to get outside and enjoy fresh air and sunlight while preparing healthy meals. Also, it provides a cozy space for outdoor dining, fostering a more active and social lifestyle.

Customer reviews

Based on 190 reviews
Cody Lohr
Cody Lohr
22 April 2024
SunSouth Carolinas did great work building our outdoor kitchen and patio. Carlos, Ginny and the rest of the team were great to work with and their customer service was A+! They exceeded our expectations.
16 April 2024
Phenomenal job with the stonework on our fireplace!! The entire company is beyond helpful, and quickly answers any questions or concerns you might have. Beautiful work.
J Riddle
J Riddle
12 April 2024
The entire SunSouth Carolinas crew was absolutely amazing! Logan did a fantastic job of designing our extended patio, fireplace and privacy wall. Ginny was a delight to work with as she kept me in the loop with lining up the workload throughout the process. Our foreman Luke and his crew were very professional and their attention to detail simply amazed me. I had a vision for what I wanted in my outdoor living space and this team exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend SunSouth Carolinas for any backyard project. They are top notch!
David Norman
David Norman
4 April 2024
Logan was a pleasure to work with! The project team was efficient, thorough and maintained a tidy environment throughout the job! Highly recommend!
Michael Hamm
Michael Hamm
31 March 2024
Fantastic experience with this company. Great communication and the finished product was beyond my expectations.
Gregg Auld
Gregg Auld
1 March 2024
Had a great experience with the entire team at SunSouth. Logan did a nice job putting together the design I needed. The work was scheduled within a week after approval and completed quickly. Would definitely recommend using SunSouth.
Christina Trovato
Christina Trovato
15 February 2024
This is the second time I used Sunsouth Carolina’s and i will be using them again! from setting up an appointment, to completing the job, everything was seamless and done efficiently. The job came out beautiful, and the pre-construction and post construction meetings really allow open communication and to make sure the customer is satisfied. A wonderful company to work with!
Aaron Marcus
Aaron Marcus
30 January 2024
Great customer servcie from start to finish. Easy to schedule the estimate and the actual project work. Looks great!
Michelle Meaux
Michelle Meaux
15 January 2024
What a great company to work with and they produced a beautiful backyard scape with gazebo and firepit. Their attention to detail was superb, creating an amazing finish throughout all features! We love it and highly recommend SunSouth Carolinas.
Kevin Hutchinson
Kevin Hutchinson
12 January 2024
I had a great experience working with SunSouth on my backyard patio. The owner, Carlos, was personable and involved with the project from the start. I recommend their services for anyone looking to enhance their home’s exterior.

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Outdoor Kitchens most commons FAQs

If you have any questions about the cost of building an Outdoor Kitchen in your patio, construction times or any other frequently asked questions that our clients usually have before contracting our services, this section is for you

SunSouth Carolinas has more than 15 years of experience in the construction of outdoor living spaces, which include not only outdoor kitchens, but also fire pits, fireplaces, pools, installation of pergolas and pavers, fountains, and more!

We provide you with a full service that allows you to create the outliving experience you’ve always dreamed of! No matter if it is a small or large project, we can help you build from a fire pit with a sitting wall, to a miniature golf course with a swimming pool.

Our services always include the consultation or evaluation of the project, the 3D rendering in order to see the final result before starting to build and, of course, the complete delivery of the requested project.

Each project is unique and is designed to suit your style, that is why prices may vary depending on the type of materials to be used and their finish, as well as the size of the project. For a custom quote please contact us!

Of course, you can view our gallery of completed projects through our Instagram or Facebook.

The time can vary from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the size of the project

SunSoouth Carolinas is fully licensed to operate and we have a wide range of insurance to cover any accidents that may occur during the construction of your project.

That’s right, to remodel or build something in your backyard you need a permit. We can help you with all the necessary paperwork to comply with the current regulations.

Experience a 360° 3D experience with our catalog of materials

Are you interested in living a unique experience and see how the same area can have multiple possibilities thanks to the different combinations of materials? Thanks to our 3D materials catalog in 360° view it's now possible. There are many colors, types and combinations to choose from so we developed this catalog to show you how these combinations of stone might look like in some of the patio projects we have built in the past years.

You can access our catalog by clicking on the following button

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Financing plans to build the patio of your dreams

Thanks to our partner Lyon Financial, there’s no excuse to build the patio of your dreams! Let us explain the financing benefits obtained from using this service:

  • Low, Fixed Rates: They offer competitive and stable interest rates throughout the loan term.
  • Flexible Loan Amounts: Loans can go up to $200,000, providing flexibility for various projects in size and features.
  • Long Terms Amounts: With terms of up to 30 years, monthly payments can be tailored to fit your budget and financial needs.
  • No Additional Costs: They do not impose consultation fees or prepayment penalties, ensuring transparency and flexibility in the financing process.
  • No Need for Collateral: No appraisals or collateral are required, simplifying the process and expediting loan approval.
  • Professional Guidance: They are with you from start to finish, partnering with homeowners and pool professionals to ensure a smooth process until project completion.

Are you ready to get your financing plan tailored to your needs to start building your patio project? Click here to know more!

More of our services that are a good match for your Outdoor Kitchen Project

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Natural stone pavers and a pool


Imagine cooking on your patio under the shade of a beautiful pergola that matches the style of your outdoor kitchen. Aside from giving a visual enhancement to your patio, a pergola brings shade, coolness and protection to your outdoor living space!


Summer arrives, you decide to have a barbecue with your family but you need something to cool down the temperature, right? There's no better way to refresh yourself than with a beautiful and crystalline pool!

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In which areas of North Carolina do SunSouth offer their services?

Currently we are located in 150 Marvin Rd Fort Mill, SC , 29707 and we provide service to the entire geographic area that covers Charlotte and surrounding cities, such as Monroe,  Concord,  Gastonia,  Matthews, Fort Mili,  Pineville,  Rock Hill, Harrisburg, Weddington, Clover, Indian Trail, Waxhaw, Belmont, Wesley Chapel, Lake Wylie, Indian Land, Huntersville, Myers Park, SouthPark and such.

We also started in Raleigh! We are located in 3050 Lufkin Road, Apex , NC 27539 and we provide services in surrounding areas

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