How to design an outdoor kitchen | Shaw Stone Ltd

Building and designing an outdoor kitchen

If you’re someone who loves to cook and entertain outside, then having an outdoor kitchen or BBQ can be a game-changer. At Shaw Stone Ltd, we offer a wide range of materials for kitchens and BBQs to help you build the perfect outdoor cooking area.

Whether you’re looking to enhance your outdoor living space or create a unique entertaining area for your friends and family, our team of experts can help you design and build the outdoor kitchen of your dreams.

Not only can an outdoor kitchen add value to your home, but it also provides a comfortable space to host social events and keep the smell of food outside.

Let us talk you through how to design and build an outdoor kitchen that suits your needs and budget.

How to design the perfect outdoor kitchen

Our experienced team understands that designing an outdoor kitchen can be a challenging task. We’re here to help you consider all the factors that go into ensuring your outdoor kitchen is ideal for your home and lifestyle.


One of the most critical elements to consider when designing your outdoor kitchen is location. You want to ensure that it’s easily accessible from your indoor kitchen and dining area but also situated in a safe and practical location. It’s essential to have electricity and water nearby, so keep that in mind when choosing the perfect spot.

It’s also important that the outdoor kitchen sits on level ground and away from any flammable materials. Be cautious of areas that can become slippery and those that may pose trip hazards.

When designing your outdoor kitchen, you should also consider the weather. Consider the direction of the wind and how it can impact the comfort of your guests. Think about installing patio covers to provide shade and protection from unexpected showers. You want to make sure that your guests are comfortable and protected, no matter the weather conditions.


The size of your outdoor kitchen will depend on your available space and the number of guests you usually entertain. You need to ensure that there is enough space for cooking, dining and socialising comfortably. Our team of experts can help you choose the right size for your outdoor kitchen, based on your needs and available space.


The layout of your outdoor kitchen is another critical factor to consider. It’s essential to think about the flow of traffic in your garden and how you’d like to make use of the space. There are various popular outdoor kitchen layouts, such as L-shaped, U-shaped and straight, but we can also create a custom layout based on your specific needs.

Features and appliances

Consider the features and appliances you’ll need for your outdoor kitchen. At Shaw Stone Ltd, we’re proud to provide bespoke stone BBQs to enhance your outdoor kitchen. Our stone BBQs are not only durable and long-lasting but also customisable to fit your unique needs and preferences. Our team of experts can help you choose the right stone and design for your BBQ to ensure that it complements the overall look and feel of your outdoor kitchen.

You may also wish to consider storage cabinets, a sink or other appliances. What features and appliances you choose will depend on your budget and space.


Choose durable and weather-resistant materials for your outdoor kitchen. There are a range of materials to choose from and what you select will depend on your desired style and aesthetics. At Shaw Stone, we’re proud suppliers of stone outdoor kitchens and BBQs that will withstand the harshest weather and the hottest of summers. 

To find out more about our custom stone outdoor kitchens and the materials available, please click here.

Building your dream outdoor kitchen

Now that you’ve designed your dream outdoor kitchen, it’s time to bring it to life.  

Before you start

In most cases, you won’t need planning permission for building an outdoor kitchen as it is not considered a permanent structure. However, if you live in a listed building or conservation area, it may be worth checking with your local authority. 

Hire a professional

While it’s tempting to take on the construction of your outdoor kitchen yourself, unless you have experience in construction, it’s usually best to leave it to the professionals. At Shaw Stone Ltd, we have a team of experienced builders who can help you build a durable and functional outdoor kitchen that meets your unique needs and preferences. 

Installing appliances

Our professional builders will ensure that each appliance is installed in the correct location and securely fastened to prevent any tipping or movement. We’ll work with you to build the outdoor kitchen of your dreams, and our experienced team can help you choose the right appliances that suit your cooking style and budget.

Installing countertops

We understand that countertops are an essential part of any outdoor kitchen, and we can advise you on the best materials to suit your preferences and budget. Our countertop materials are durable and easy to maintain, with popular choices including granite, quartz, and porcelain.

Consider lighting

Don’t forget to add lighting to your outdoor kitchen. It enhances the ambience and makes it easier to cook and entertain once the sun has gone down. You should consider task lighting for the grill area and decorative lighting to highlight your outdoor kitchen’s features.

Let us build your dream outdoor kitchen

Here at Shaw Stone Ltd, we can help you build and design the outdoor kitchen of your dreams. Our expert team can provide advice on materials, layout and design features, and our builders will ensure that your outdoor kitchen is built to the highest standards. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help you create an outdoor living space that you’ll love for years to come. Call us on 01329 844474 now.