Small Outdoor Kitchens

Small Outdoor Kitchens

Angie Cho
May 16, 2012

Small outdoor kitchens are as practical as they are fun. Cooking outdoors during the warm months of the year means we prevent heating up our homes and are smart about how we use energy. For this reason, many warm climate cultures use outdoor kitchens as their main cooking space. It's also a whole lot of fun and doesn't require a big budget or a ton of space to set one up.

In addition, some of these inspirational outdoor kitchens have great eco-friendly features. Photo 3 features a watering can used to collect waste water for plants. It's DIY, designed by Nina Tolstrup of Studiomama, so you can significantly raise the green features of this project by building it with reclaimed or FSC certified wood, and recycled parts. Photos 1, 2 and 4 also display great green features like repurposed items, recyclable materials and multifunctional items.

Outside of eco-friendly features, the Cuebe, in Photo 5, stands out as the winner of size. At one meter cubed and built on wheels, this cooking station is space efficient and portable throughout your whole patio or balcony. Unlike the other mini kitchens, however, it doesn't feature a washing station.

Whether you favor size and portability, or green features, cooking outside during warm months is a fun and smart way to prevent heating up your home.

DIY Outdoor Kitchen Station
Indoor-Outdoor Kitchens

(Images: 1. David O. Marlow from Architectural Design; 2. Skonahem; 3. Nina Tolstrup of Studiomama; 4. Maalaisunelma magazine; 5. Cuebe)

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