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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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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.
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Blaze Single Side Burner
SKU: BLZ-SB1 Category: Side Burners & Power Burner Components
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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
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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
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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.

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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.

How to plan your outdoor kitchen space

Outdoor Kitchen

At Elegant Outdoor Kitchens, we more than understand how big of a project it can be planning your very own outdoor kitchen space. Although, we’re here to tell you how fun it actually is, and steps you can take to make this an easier process to get started. Having an outdoor kitchen takes your living space into a whole new direction as it is practically an extension of it. You want to ensure you’re planning for this extension to be full of shade, warmth, and shelter no matter what season you may be using it in. The first step is always getting a clear idea of how you’re going to use this space. Do you like to cook outside often, or plan to? Will you be having a lot of events in this space where you want to focus on entertaining as well? Try to write down some thoughts about what you expect this to be for you, and that will help you have a great outline on how you can get started.

The second step to consider is your surroundings. Now that you have some ideas for your outdoor kitchen; it’s also important advising to the space you have in order to get the most out of what you want to see. Not only do you want to get out your measuring tape to make sure it fits, but you also want the aesthetics to be fitting regarding your home’s exterior. Don’t worry, remember this is supposed to be fun! You’re going to be excited about choosing the colors, style, and textures that complement each other once you get going. Please also note, your surrounding landscape is also pretty important. For example, in a tropical location, you might want to consider materials that are bold and stand out to compliment the lush it will contrast. 

The next thing you would want to focus on is planning your layout. Just as you planned your living room for each family member to feel comfortable in no matter what occasion, you want to ensure you’re doing the same for your extension of it outdoors. This also makes it incredibly easier to know where and what to place once you get appliances for it. Something to keep in mind is your indoor living space utilizes the assistance of walls, windows, and doors whereas your outdoor space uses the space of its own. Please know to also plan accordingly to your hot and cold zones. You want to refrain putting your grill next to your refrigerator unit since your fridge is working pretty hard in the summer to keep things cold for you and your friends. This is just one of many thoughts to plan out so you can be prepared accordingly for your outdoor kitchens use. 

Another step to get very excited about is choosing your appliances. Here at Elegant Outdoor Kitchens, we have a vast selection of appliances to help get you started. You can check out our page to see what options are available to you. We want to ensure you get the best when it comes to your grills/smokers since the focal point is this in your outdoor kitchen space. Once you have your appliances selected, you want to start choosing your materials especially in preparation for heavy rain, extreme heat, high winds, and even the possibility of snowstorms. It’s important to keep durability in mind, and toughness for these weather changes. Stainless steel is a very popular choice as it compliments those scenarios, and it’s also to easy to clean while looking sleek.

Finally, all you have left is your lighting and style by adding any fixtures you want to consider for it. It’ll make your outdoor kitchen come to life, and set an ambiance for the party you’re now ready to plan. Here at Elegant Outdoor Kitchens, we want you to know we have your best interest in getting exactly what you planned and need for this new venture you’re about to take on. Please don’t hesitate to contact (239) 229-9033 to get started on this journey!

Five reasons to own an Outdoor Kitchen

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Five reasons to own an outdoor kitchen

In this article, we discuss five reasons to own an outdoor kitchen. In Southwest Florida, cooking outdoors can appear as if it were a national pastime. For many areas around the United States, the statistics seem to support that notion. The reaction people have to a well built outdoor kitchen is an apparent reason to want one; however, there are six other reasons to have an outdoor kitchen. Let’s take a look:

1: Expanded Living Space

Having an outdoor kitchen and living area creates a welcoming atmosphere that offers extra space for cooking, dining, entertaining, and socializing. Built-in outdoor grills are a stylish way to open up a yard while gaining new cooking space. Outdoor rated refrigerators keep ingredients and beverages cold and conveniently located. Adding a kitchen sink to an outdoor living area means fewer trips back and forth for washing hands, dishes, and utensils. Advances in building materials and outdoor rated appliances have transformed yard space into elegant and eye-catching living areas.

2: Increase Value

Let us start by pointing out that installing an outdoor kitchen does not automatically mean that property value will go up enough to cover the cost of building and installing an outdoor kitchen. Outdoor kitchens constructed with the intent of using and enjoying the space rather than as an investment is a far healthier approach. The monetary value will have many variables; however, the real value of an outdoor kitchen is in the experience that it creates. For families, friends, neighbors, and visitors, outdoor living areas are a personal touch that welcomes and invites all to enjoy.

3: Save Energy by Cooking Outside

Moving cooking outside during hotter months will keep inside temperatures lower, and having less heat in the house means that air conditioners will not have to work as hard to keep interiors cool. Save power by maintaining the cooking temperature on the outside.

4: Save Money by Staying Home

Eating at restaurants can be very costly when done frequently. Homeowners who have put the time and investment into an outdoor kitchen commonly report eating at home more often. Rather than going out for barbecue and drinks, people invite guests to enjoy the space with good company. Many outdoor kitchens include wet bars in the design to accommodate entertaining, which brings us to our final reason for owning an outdoor kitchen and living area.

5: Great for Entertaining

Anyone with an outdoor kitchen can attest to how great they are for entertaining. Family, friends, and guests alike will enjoy the customized space. In many instances, the outdoor kitchen itself becomes a topic of conversation. People can socialize, watch TV and movies, play music, and enjoy the experience and atmosphere created by an outdoor living area.

So now that we’ve discussed some significant benefits to having an outdoor kitchen, you can follow up with our tips and tricks for planning an outdoor kitchen of your own!

Located in Fort Myers, Elegant Outdoor Kitchens bring quality and experience to Southwest Florida. If you would like to talk with us directly, you can reach us at (239) 229-9033.

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Custom Outdoor Kitchen Contractor SWFL

ant Outdoor Kitchens - finished with a Golden White stacked stone and Santa Cecilia Napoli level 1 granite

Elegant Outdoor Kitchens

When it comes to custom outdoor kitchen contractor design and construction services within the Fort Myers region, you can rely on Elegant Outdoor Kitchens. Our company has quickly become the preferred barbecue island contractor here in Southwest Florida. We specialize in both traditional and extravagant outdoor kitchen builds. Whether you’re in need of a simple solution for family and friends or desire a custom design created for larger capacity backyard entertaining. The professional outdoor kitchen contractors from Elegant Outdoor Kitchens have you covered!

Give us a call today to get started with our proprietary custom island design process. Our team is one of the only companies here in SWFL that enable you to view your outdoor kitchen before we build it! Yes, you heard it correctly, Elegant Outdoor Kitchens will showcase our proposed design before we construct it. Our process allows you to change, add, and remove anything you might not want during the conceptual design phase. Our 3D CAD design service is complimentary; it’s just one of the many benefits you’ll receive when you choose to build a barbecue island with us. Our primary objective is to build your outdoor kitchen correctly and to your exact specifications, the first time. Just because we’re contractors doesn’t mean we build everything twice. (Laugh here) We can’t wait to design & build the dream kitchen you’ve always wanted. Call now to schedule an on-site consultation with one of our outdoor kitchen design pros.

Custom Outdoor Kitchen Project Portfolio

View our recent custom outdoor kitchen designs; we’ve documented all of our custom work, from the start. We invite you to take a look at this section of our website, who knows, you might see something that resonates with your preferred aesthetic. All of our outdoor kitchens are custom designed by us. When you choose EOK, you’re choosing a builder that specializes in the barbecue island design & construction industry.

Custom Outdoor Kitchen Design of Fort Myers Florida – Elegant Outdoor Kitchens

Close-up of Blaze 25 Inch Traditional Series grill

If you live in the Southwest Florida areas of Fort Myers, Naples, or Estero, give Elegant Outdoor Kitchens a call today! We specialize in the custom design & manufacturing of beautiful outdoor living spaces.

We design & build custom barbecue island designs for our SWFL clientele! Let our custom outdoor living specialists help you choose a BBQ Island design that best fits your outdoor living space. From design concept to actual build completion, we start every project with an on-site design consultation. This process allows our team to understand both the area you have to work with as well as your aesthetic design preferences. Our primary objective is to manufacture a superior outdoor kitchen that you and your family will enjoy for many years to come. We invite you to view our outdoor kitchen project portfolio; we’re confident that you’ll be able to get some basic design ideas of what you want in a custom outdoor kitchen build. It helps when we understand what you want to achieve with your new kitchen. If you’re not quite sure what you want yet, that’s okay. We’re here to help you every step of the way. Our knowledgeable team is always here to answer any and all questions you might have when it comes to building a brand-new custom outdoor kitchen with Elegant Outdoor Kitchens.

 

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Some Questions Worth Considering Before We Start

Whether you’re looking for a convenient outdoor kitchen that enables you to grill amazing meals or you’re looking to construct a breathtaking outdoor living space with all the bells and whistles. Elegant Outdoor Kitchens has you covered. We’re here to help you explore barbecue island design concepts that work with your space and fit within your budget. What we’re not here to do is oversell you! Our design team is here to make sure you get the most out of your outdoor kitchen investment. We work closely with our clients to ensure that they receive a quality product that they can enjoy for many years to come. From professional barbecue grills to outdoor pizza ovens, the Elegant Outdoor Kitchens team is here to exceed your expectations.

Download this fantastic outdoor kitchen design guide that we’ve compiled; it will help you to start thinking about what you want in an outdoor living space.

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