Outdoor Kitchen Design with Stainless Steel Cabinetry

Sponsored by Danver

Learning Objectives:

  1. List the types of materials available for outdoor cabinets and discuss the pros and cons of each option.
  2. Choose the appropriate outdoor appliances and components based on function and performance, budget, space, materials, and client needs.
  3. Explain the design issues that must be considered before starting an outdoor kitchen building project to ensure the final space is safe and functional.
  4. Incorporate heating/cooling elements and shelter as both functional and decorative elements of the outdoor kitchen design.
  5. Describe the finishes, cabinets types, and door styles available for outdoor stainless steel cabinets.


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AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
AANB 1 Hour of Core Learning
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NLAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NSAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
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The kitchen has always been the heart of the home, and now the same can be said of the outdoor kitchen. The same design principles of the modern, open-concept, kitchen, living, and dining areas of the interior of the home are being applied to the exterior of the home, resulting in an outdoor “great room”—a room in which to prep, cook, serve, dine, and entertain family and friends. Outdoor kitchens have been traditionally reserved for those lucky enough to reside in areas where warmer temperatures prevail year-round. However, weather-resistant cabinetry and appliances, patio heaters, rolling carts, and modular cooking islands mean the outdoor kitchen is accessible to those living in cooler climates as well. The inclusion of fireplaces, fire pits, or fire tables means homeowners can extend the season and enjoy their outdoor living areas in colder months. People are choosing to invest in their own homes and backyards rather than vacationing elsewhere.

Integral Sheathing

Photo courtesy of Steven Paul Whitsett

Danver Outdoor Kitchen


Danver Danver is a leading stainless steel cabinet manufacturer located in Wallingford, Connecticut. For over 20 years, we have perfected the approach of bringing color, style and design from the indoors, out. Taking a page from the traditional wood cabinet companies, the Danver cabinet line features dozens of styles in hundreds of sizes, all made from durable and environmentally-friendly stainless steel. Designers and architects of all disciplines have the luxury of design flexibility – the freedom to create outdoor kitchens anywhere – rooftops, decks, transition rooms, backyards and more.


Originally published in March 2021