Over the past year and a half, outdoor space has become more important than ever—not just for exercise and fresh air, but as an extension of your living space, a bonus area that extends the comforts of the indoors, out. Norma and I have had increasingly more clients come to us with a similar request: to design and build their ultimate backyard retreat. Whether you plan on using your space for outdoor entertaining, or for grilling that lasts beyond the summer season, the latest design trends and innovations can transform your untapped outdoor space into a versatile area with style.

If you are looking to upgrade your existing space for added functionality and aesthetics, or you are starting from the ground up, the top trends in outdoor kitchen appliances will inspire endless possibilities. Despite being outside, outdoor kitchens require as much attention to detail as the kitchen inside the home. From weather-resistant accessories for year-round usage to high-end appliances, let’s dream big with your luxury outdoor space and dial it up design-wise. In this blog, we will be walking you through our Duoma approved list of essential appliances ranging from a must-have ice maker to state-of-the-art charcoal grills. Here is where we would start:

For the entertainer:

Freedom for the outdoor entertainer means convenience: the flexibility to host with ease without venturing too far from the fun. With this setup, you will never miss a beat as you engage with guests in a space that is highly versatile in detail and functionality, whether you are hosting intimate dinners or lively parties.

  • The Margherita Countertop Pizza Oven by Fontana Forni USA is efficient, compact, and portable making it an ideal choice for those who want a pizza oven for outdoor entertaining. It also excels at preparing meats, veggies, bread, and desserts.
  • Shake and stir your favorite libations at the Alfresco 30-Inch Versa Apron Sink by Alfresco Grills, a modular system that can be tailored to accommodate the needs of any outdoor entertaining enthusiast. It’s guaranteed to make your outdoor area a destination.
  • Don’t lower your standards just because you’re outdoors. Upgrade your barbecue for every season with one of the best grills on the market, the Alfresco ALXE Gas Grill by Alfresco Grills. Gas grills offer a low-maintenance approach that will take your outdoor kitchen to the next level.
  • The Twin Eagles 30-Inch Built-In Propane Gas Side burner and griddle is the perfect sidekick to your grill. Deep fry without the whole house smelling for days- you will be thankful for this one, trust us!
  • Meticulously designed and engineered, the True Clear Ice Machine is a top-of-the-line addition to any home—indoors or out. The finishes and hardware are customizable and can be designed to complement any kitchen.

For the grill master:

Whether you are a beginner looking to master the basics or a professional searching for the best accessory to elevate your setup, it’s time to go all-in. After all, a grill is a VIP guest in your outdoor kitchen space, so it’s essential to opt for one that checks all the boxes: price, purpose, and style. Our personal favorites, of course!  are these Argentine-style grills:

  • The Argentine Stainless Steel Grill by Sunterra is a handcrafted grill that will last you a lifetime. This premium option will get the job perfectly done every time, so you can focus on feasting and enjoying quality time with your family and friends. We use ours for
    cooking savory, slow-roasted cuts that always come out top-notch.
  • Make your outdoor kitchen vision—whatever it is—into an actionable plan with the Kalamazoo Gaucho Grill. The hybrid multipurpose design offers plenty of cooking options to satisfy serious grill masters and elevate the way you entertain. There’s nothing this grill can’t do.


For the laid back:

Everything is better al fresco. An intimate outdoor space opens up a world of possibilities for relaxing, entertaining, and enjoying every inch of your home. For an outdoor kitchen that feels like an organic part of your backyard, you want an area that optimizes the use of the space. Here’s what we recommend:

  • The New Age Outdoor 3 Piece Cabinet Set adds functionality to your backyard. Its modularity allows you to make the most of your home and work with smaller footprints. Whether you are hosting a small get-together with family and friends, or just spend time enjoying nature, this versatile setup can be adapted to almost any backyard space.
  • And finally, to complete this fabulous kitchen, we suggest adding the New Age Stainless Steel Platinum Grill. It packs the power of a professional grill at an affordable price.

Appliances are just a start to designing the outdoor kitchen of your dreams. Depending on how your kitchen will be exposed, partially open, or enclosed, choosing the right materials is crucial to creating your ideal space for a lifetime of enjoyment and satisfaction. If you are ready to embark on your ultimate backyard entertainment project, contact us! We will be happy to assist you.