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Transform Your Home with a Dream Outdoor Kitchen & Living Space in Florida

Outdoor kitchen in Taylor Morrison home

Hi there, Ben here from Elegant Outdoor Kitchens. If you’re a first-time outdoor kitchen buyer, you might be wondering where to start the process of designing and building your dream outdoor kitchen. As a seasoned outdoor kitchen and living contractor with years of experience at Elegant Outdoor Kitchens in Fort Myers, Florida, I’m here to guide you through the process. Our unique Florida climate and lifestyle create the perfect setting for an outdoor oasis that can transform your home and enhance your outdoor living experience year-round.

Embrace the Climate

Florida’s warm climate is ideal for outdoor living, but it comes with challenges like humidity, salt air, and intense sun. Choosing weather-resistant materials is crucial. Consider stainless steel for grills and appliances and high-quality natural stone for countertops. These durable materials will withstand the elements and look great for years.

Design for Functionality

An outdoor kitchen should be as efficient and functional as your indoor kitchen. Think about your cooking and entertaining style to determine the best layout:

L-Shaped Kitchen: Perfect for corner spaces, offering ample counter space and room for multiple appliances.

U-Shaped Kitchen: Provides extensive counter space with a central area for prep and cooking.

Straight Line Kitchen: Ideal for smaller spaces, aligning all appliances and work areas in a single line. Ensure a logical flow between cooking, prep, and serving areas.

Incorporate ample storage and counter space, and consider adding an island or bar area for social interactions. Check out our Elegant Outdoor Kitchens Design Guide for more information regarding what to expect.

Lynx Professional Series Built-in Barbecue Grill at Elegant Outdoor Kitchens of Southwest Florida

Lynx Professional Series Built-in Barbecue Grill at Elegant Outdoor Kitchens of Southwest Florida

Choose the Right Appliances for your Dream Outdoor Kitchen

Invest in high-quality appliances that match your cooking style. Popular options include:

Grills: The centerpiece of any outdoor kitchen. Brands like TrueFlame, Blaze, Memphis, and Lynx offer durability and performance.

Side Burners and Power Burners: Great for preparing side dishes and boiling pots of water.

Refrigeration: Outdoor-rated refrigerators and ice makers keep beverages and ingredients cool.

Sinks and Faucets: Convenient for prep and cleanup.

Pizza Ovens and Smokers: Expand your cooking options.

Storage: Ensure plenty of drawers, cabinets, and shelves for utensils, dishes, and supplies.

Check out our official Grills Gone Wild Barbecue Grill & Component Store online!

Budget and Plan Wisely

Set a realistic budget for your project and plan accordingly. While high-quality outdoor kitchens are a significant investment, they add value to your home and enhance your lifestyle. Work with us to prioritize features and make informed decisions that align with your budget. With Elegant Outdoor Kitchens, you’re guaranteed the best quality in Southwest Florida.

Ready to Transform Your Outdoor Space?

Designing and building an outdoor kitchen and living space in Florida is a rewarding endeavor. At Elegant Outdoor Kitchens, we specialize in creating custom outdoor spaces tailored to your unique needs and preferences. Contact us today to start planning your dream outdoor oasis and experience the ultimate in outdoor living.

Once again, my name is Ben from Elegant Outdoor Kitchens. Consider me your friend in the outdoor kitchen and living industry. I’m here to help you build the ultimate outdoor kitchen and living space—the environment you’ve always dreamed of owning. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of a job well done and a satisfied customer. Let’s make your dream a reality together.

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EOK Owners Build SEC Football Lanai Kitchen Retreat

Elegant Outdoor Kitchen Constructed Summer Kitchen - SWFL Outdoor Kitchen Builders

Owners of Elegant Outdoor Kitchens Build Lanai Kitchen Retreat

We just wanted to showcase The Poulton’s brand-new lanai kitchen; they finally decided to treat themselves with the services they provide. This custom outdoor kitchen is classy, too! It not only has style, but they’ve managed to give it a few unique features that set it apart from some of the other beautiful outdoor kitchen designs they built in the past. This commentary is coming from over a decade within the outdoor living industry. The professionals at EOK know how to build beautiful summer kitchens. The wood inlays and accent pieces give this project its unique rustic flair! Andrea and Ben, you can design and construct my outdoor kitchen anytime!

All in all, the photos we’ve included demonstrate the professional craftsmanship you’ll receive when you hire Elegant Outdoor Kitchens to create your stay-cation destination!

If you’re interested in have #EOK design and build your Summer Kitchen, you can schedule an outdoor kitchen design consultation here at the official EOK site – https://elegantoutdoorkitchens.com/estimate-request.

You can also give them a call at (239) 229-9033 to schedule a consultation as well. One thing is for sure. EOK can’t wait to exceed your expectations. Plus, they are licensed and bonded contractors of the SWFL region. What that means is the project is considered an investment in your property. Not to be confused with the lawn furniture those other outdoor kitchen stores are pushing, also, as a rule of thumb. If you have to crane or wheel your outdoor kitchen into your outdoor living space, you might want to classify it as expensive lawn furniture. We are just stating the facts. At EOK, you can rest assured you will be investing in an outdoor kitchen addition to your lanai, which means they bring value to your property, literally.

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Transform Your Lanai Into The Ultimate Stay-Cation Destination

Welcome to Elegant Outdoor Kitchens! Your Source For Lanai Kitchens in Southwest Florida

If your lanai needs some TLC to reach its full potential as the Stay-Cation spot you’ve always imagined it could be, give the professionals at Elegant Outdoor Kitchens a call today! Our team is ready to turn your ordinary lanai into something extraordinary. We want to assist you in turning it into an outdoor living space where you can enjoy the company of family friends, along with some delicious grilled meals. We want to upgrade your home’s functionality by providing you with alternative ways to cook or grill breakfast, lunch, and dinner. From flat-top grills, smokers, multi-functional grills to traditional grills, at Elegant Outdoor Kitchens, our mission is to help you figure out just what you want to from your outdoor kitchen space.

Our team is here to help when you have questions about cost, equipment, and outdoor kitchen style. You have a friend in the outdoor living industry. Whatever you want to learn more about when it comes to your outdoor space, we are more than happy to inform you on the subject. Want to know more about outdoor fireplaces, firepits, guest seating, and overall outdoor kitchen layout? Well, we are your source within the Southwest Florida region, and we can’t wait to exceed your expectations.

Please give us a call to schedule an on-site outdoor kitchen consultation. We feel our process will get you excited about the possibilities available to you and your outdoor kitchen project. Plus, we design with CAD software, enabling you to see your design before starting your project. You can’t go wrong with Elegant Outdoor Kitchens!

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We want to come and see what you’re working with! Schedule an on-site consultation via the form below. We want to liberate you with a brand new stay-cation spot, a place where you are always the VIP. If you’re interested in browsing our past outdoor kitchen projects in depth, or casually viewing some photos within our gallery. It’s up to you!

 

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Barbecued Picnic Chicken – TasteOfHome.com Recipe

Barbecued Picnic Chicken Recipe - Courtesy of TasteOfHome.com
Total Time Prep. Prep: 15 min. Grill: 45 min.
Makes 8 servings

The recipe is courtesy of https://tasteofthehome.com.

If you’re looking online for a blow-your-hair-back barbecue chicken recipe, you might want to give the “Barbecued Picnic Chicken” recipe a try! This smok’in recipe is courtesy of TasteOfHome.com. We’ve included the video recipe as well, for all you non-readers out there. If you’re still stuck using your indoor kitchen, you might want to give Elegant Outdoor Kitchens of Southwest Florida a call. We’ve got you covered within the outdoor living area department. We build beautiful, custom outdoor kitchens that not only look amazing, but they will bring a whole new world of diversity when it comes to your meal plans. Call EOK now at (239) 229-9033!

Ingredients

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon celery seed
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 dashes hot pepper sauce
  • 2 broiler/fryer chickens (3-1/2 to 4 pounds each), cut up

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, saute garlic in butter until tender. Add the next 8 ingredients. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; set aside.
  • On a lightly greased grill rack, grill chicken, covered, over medium heat for 30 minutes, turning occasionally. Baste with sauce. Grill 15 minutes longer or until a thermometer reaches 170°, basting and turning several times.

Test Kitchen Tips

  • This sauce is best when made a day or two in advance, giving the flavors time to come together.
  • If you don’t have chili sauce on hand, you can use 1/4 cup extra ketchup or 1/4 cup cocktail sauce.
  • Try this cool-guy move if you don’t have a basting brush: Tie a few sprigs of rosemary or another hearty herb together with twine, then baste with it.
Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 296 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated fat), 79mg cholesterol, 761mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 25g protein.

Easy Marinated Grilled Flank Steak – Courtesy of tasteofhome.com

Easy Marinated Grilled Flank Steak
Total Time Prep. Prep: 5 min. + marinating Grill: 15 min.
Makes 8 servings

Here’s a recipe that’s quick, easy, and extremely delicious! The “Easy Marinated Grilled Flank Steak” is a recipe you can’t go wrong with, especially when it has “easy” in the title. Here at Elegant Outdoor Kitchens, we whole-heartedly understand that sometimes you need a meal that you can prep and put on the grill. This Flank Steak recipe is one of those quickies that the family will love!

The recipe is courtesy of https://tasteofthehome.com.

Nutrition Facts

3 ounces cooked steak with 1-1/2 tablespoons reserved marinade: 195 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 271mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 fat.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup burgundy wine or beef broth
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 beef flank steak (2 pounds)

Directions

  • In a small bowl, whisk barbecue sauce, wine, and lemon juice until blended. Pour 1 cup marinade into a shallow dish. Add beef and turn to coat. Cover; refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.
  • Drain beef, discarding marinade. Grill steak, covered, over medium heat until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°; medium-well, 145°), 6-8 minutes on each side. Let stand 5 minutes before thinly slicing across the grain. Serve with reserved marinade.

The Original TasteOfTheHome.com recipe can be found here.

Benefits of Owning a Custom Outdoor Kitchen

Close-up of Blaze Traditional Series 32 Inch 4-Burner Barbecue Grill

The Benefits of Owning A Custom Outdoor Kitchen

The Benefits that come with building a custom outdoor kitchen & outdoor living area are immense. First off, building a Summer Kitchen is a great way to diversify your everyday meals. Everyone knows that there’s nothing quite like using the direct flame for cooking your meals, and when done correctly, you won’t miss those restaurants that you frequent for dinner during the week, not even a little bit.

With Elegant Outdoor Kitchens, we can plan your custom outdoor kitchen with the way you want to grill & cook kept in mind. We can integrate the latest cooking technologies from brands such as Blaze, Memphis, Summerset, EVO, Lynx, Alfresco, and DCS. If you’re interested in a flattop grill, we can customize an outdoor kitchen design that works optimally with your outdoor living space. Need a built-in smoker? Sure, what brand were you considering? That’s what you can expect with the professionals at Elegant Outdoor Kitchens of Southwest Florida.

Everyday Meal Diversification

The Benefits that come with building an outdoor kitchen & outdoor living area are immense. First off, building a Summer Kitchen is a great way to diversify your everyday meals. Everyone knows that there’s nothing quite like using the direct flame for cooking your meals, and when done correctly, you won’t miss those restaurants that you frequent for dinner during the week, not even a little bit.

Planning your Custom Outdoor Kitchen with Elegant Outdoor Kitchens

Planning your Custom Outdoor Kitchen with Elegant Outdoor Kitchens

Planning Your Custom Outdoor Kitchen the Way You Want It!

With Elegant Outdoor Kitchens, we can plan your custom outdoor kitchen with the way you want to grill food kept in mind. We can integrate the latest cooking technologies from brands such as Blaze, Memphis, Summerset, EVO, Lynx, Alfresco, and DCS. If you’re interested in a flattop grill, we can customize an outdoor kitchen design that works optimally with your outdoor living space. Need a built-in smoker? Sure, what brand were you considering? That’s what you can expect with the professionals at Elegant Outdoor Kitchens of Southwest Florida.

Dining in style, having a family meal, and enjoying your time with friends all become easy & effortless when you have an outdoor kitchen & living area built by Elegant Outdoor Kitchens. Free yourself from the cramped inside space and invest in an outdoor kitchen. By browsing our official website, you’ll see that it’s designed in a way that allows for easy access to all our information & inquiries regarding the process of planning, designing, and ultimately building a custom outdoor kitchen.

We also have our official EOK BBQ store at Grills Gone Wild Shop, where you’re able to browse all of our most popular items such as barbecue grills, grill cooktops, grill accessories, and so much more.

For the budget-minded customer, we will help you select the “best bang for the buck outdoor kitchen products” for your summer kitchen. It is all about helping you save money in certain areas to go big in other areas, where it counts!

The Blaze LTE 32-Inch Four Burner Grill is the one appliance that truly comes complete with everything you need to grill your meals like the professionals. It’s great for various outdoor grilling situations, with a total cooking area of 748 Sq. Inches, a sleek stainless-steel finish, and four burners that output a total of 56,000 BTUs, it’s no wonder it’s one of the grills we frequently integrate into the outdoor kitchens that we design. It’s truly a barbecue grill for the serious outdoor cooking enthusiasts. This solid unit is comprised of a #304 stainless-steel body and packs a massive cooking punch where the four burners are considered. You can check out this grill, plus a few more, and schedule a free on-site outdoor living consultation here on our Estimate Request From

Outdoor Kitchen Component List – Essentials on a Budget

The Essential Outdoor Kitchen Component List to Include When On a Budget

We understand that not everyone is a Rockefeller; that’s why we assembled this article that covers the essentials where it concerns outdoor living.

Your outdoor kitchen is built primarily for one purpose, and that’s to house your professional barbecue grill. Running back and forth from your indoor kitchen to your outdoor kitchen happens, but if we can help you reduce those trips, we’re all for it. Most people don’t just eat barbecue when they grill. You tend to serve the meal with a few side dishes. So, the first must-have component of the list is going to be a side burner/s (preferably a double side burner, to heat more than one side).

The Essentials Article The Side Burner - Elegant Outdoor Kitchens
The Essentials Article The Side Burner – Elegant Outdoor Kitchens

This precision cut, handmade side burner is made of stainless steel and will provide you years of outdoor cooking enjoyment. If you are looking to create a gourmet outdoor meal complete with soups or side dishes, a drop-in side burner is an ideal addition to your outdoor kitchen. As of March 15, 2016 — Blaze side burners have a lifetime warranty that warrants against any defects in the manufacturing and workmanship of the burner, burner grate, body, lid, and control valve. While the ignition system is covered for one (1) year after the date of purchase. The product must be registered within thirty days for the warranty to apply.
Gas Conversions

Blaze Single Side Burner
SKU: BLZ-SB1 Category: Side Burners & Power Burner Components
Additional information: View Additional Information about the Blaze Single Side Burner

Next on our essential outdoor kitchen component list is the built-in mini-refrigerator. There’s just something so satisfying about having quick access to a cold beverage. Believe us when we say that this mini fridge will get its use.

The Essentials Article The Built-In Refrigerator – Elegant Outdoor Kitchens

The Blaze 4.5 Compact Refrigerator is the ideal space-saving solution for family rooms, game rooms, apartments or anywhere else. Interior design offers plenty of shelf space for all your favorite refreshments and foods. The refrigerator, including the compressor, is warranted for 1 year to the original owner against defects in manufacturing and workmanship. This warranty extends to the original purchaser against manufacture defects for products purchased for ordinary single-family home use.

Stainless Front Fridge 4.5 Cubic Feet
SKU: BLZ-SSRF130
Additional Information: Stainless Front Fridge 4.5 Cubic Feet

The Mandatory Outdoor Kitchen Component

The last item on our essentials list is a functional requirement. It serves a few purposes, the first being the accessibility to your internal gas, electrical, and plumbing lines for your barbecue grill and any other components you install, and the second is acting as a dry storage area. Your outdoor kitchen cabinet has plenty of space that you can convert into a dry storage area. Depending on the size of your outdoor kitchen, you’ll need to install at least one access door. In our experience, though, a combination access door and drawer unit will only lend to both the aesthetic appeal and functionality of your outdoor living area.


The Essentials Article Outdoor Kitchen Access Door - Elegant Outdoor Kitchens
The Essentials Article Outdoor Kitchen Access Door – Elegant Outdoor Kitchens

The Blaze 25 inch Double Access Doors feature an ideal access size for an island and an outdoor kitchen. Blaze’s commercial grade 304 Stainless Steel construction is made for withstanding outdoor elements. The access doors are the perfect storage solution for any outdoor kitchen! Door opening measurements 20 3/4 W x 16 3/4 H.

Blaze 25″ Double Door
SKU: BLZ-AD25-R
Additional Information: Blaze 25″ Double Door

There are a plethora of other components that can you can add that will expand the functionality of your outdoor living space. You can add elements such as a trash receptacle, sink & faucet, ice maker, warming drawer, ice maker, beverage station, ice bin, power burner, and many other components. You can, in my opinion, make your outdoor living area better than your indoor kitchen, and some people do just that.

Elegant Outdoor Kitchens is your source for professional outdoor kitchen design and contracting services. If you’ve been considering an outdoor kitchen area, give us a call today to schedule an on-site design consultation. We know that once you see your outdoor kitchen mocked up as a 3D design, it’ll be an easy decision when it comes to starting the construction process.

In the meantime, check out our newest website, known as http://grillsgonewild.shop, where we retail all the custom outdoor living components you’ll need for your future project. We can assure you that you’ll find all the essential components we’ve spoken of today as well.

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Outdoor Kitchen Designs L-Shape

Designing an outdoor living space has it’s challenges and many things to consider. We all have plans to to entertain company in our outdoor living space, but there are other factors to consider including our personal tastes and how everything will tie together. With that said why not consider a kitchen classic the L-Shape design. A popular choice for traditional in home kitchen, its a versatile design that is ideal for entertaining. When applied to an outdoor living space it offers a considerable amount of counter and social space. Whether your prepping the meal or serving up a few cocktails, you can be certain you will appreciate the additional counter space.

What makes the L-Shape Design Unique?

The L-Shape design isn’t just limited to entertaining, if your priorities are having a functional outdoor cooking space, than look no further than this classic design. The L-Shape is designed with the cook in mind, offering a functional “work triangle” that includes easy access to cooking, preparation area, and cleaning. These three elements are a powerful and efficient trio when combined into a single space. Your outdoor kitchen will match your every move, ensuring that you and your guests are both safe and comfortable.

outdoor kitchen design L shape

Outdoor entertaining redefined

Entertaining guests in your outdoor living space is both thrilling and challenging, as you’ll be working overtime! Cooking is one thing but making sure your guests are entertained is also your responsibility in your outdoor living space. The additional counter space provided by L-shape design provides ample space for guest seating and can act as a bar top!

Advantages provided by the L-Shape Outdoor Kitchen Design

• Perfect solution for a outdoor corner space

• Adaptable to most outdoor spaces, including small and medium kitchen areas

• Counter tops and cabinets can be adjusted to your available space

• Efficient “work triangle” ensures you have everything you need to make an amazing meal

• Ideal use of space for an open outdoor living space

Maintaining and Cleaning your Outdoor Kitchen

You’ve done it! You are now the proud owner of a Custom Outdoor Kitchen, undoubtedly you’ve hosted a few outdoor cookouts and relaxed under the sun with friends and family. It’s easy to enjoy your investment but let’s not forget to keep up with maintaining our wonderful Outdoor Living Space. By its very nature, our outdoor kitchens will attract dirt and, and not to mention wear and tear from the elements. Let’s go over some basic tips and guides for maintaining and cleaning our outdoor kitchens.

Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances and Surfaces

Our outdoor living spaces were designed to meet the outdoor weather head-on! However, that doesn’t make them invincible against wear and tear. As a general rule of thumb, never cut on a stainless steel surface, instead bring out or store a cutting board in your outdoor living space. With that said stainless is really easy to clean! Typically you’ll only need soapy water a microfiber towel and good helping of elbow grease. Be sure to clean these surfaces regularly by including in your weekly cleaning schedule.

How to make it Shine!

We’ve all been there, after a few months or a year of heavy use, oil and finger smudges accumulate into a fine but noticeable haze that covers the surface or certain spots of your shiny stainless steel appliances and surfaces. Never fear! Stainless Steel Polish is here! Apply a penny-sized drop of polish to a microfiber towel and rub the polish into the stainless steel in a single direction, working it in circular motions can lead to “swirling” which will only complicate resurfacing it next year. After applying the polish be sure to rinse it off completely using a CLEAN microfiber towel and soapy water. Once down rinsing dry the stainless steel with another microfiber towel as the chloride found in most tap water will stain your shiny new surface.

Protect that new shine

For this step, you may want to consult a professional but it is a task that most outdoor fanatics can tackle. To protect your stainless steel appliances and surfaces from corrosion and rust you can add a few coats of powder or clear coat. Clearcoat with brings out another level shine that polish alone cannot produce, while powder coating surfaces can add a layer of color and texture. Think of this step as you would a leather jacket, it will keep you both safe from the weather and most minor abrasions.