Dreamy and downright drool-worthy, these outdoor kitchens are all the inspiration you need for a backyard reno.

Originally featured on HGTV.

Even though Calgary and Canmore enjoy some of the most sunshine of any part of Canada, time in the sun remains a coveted commodity. And when summer comes around in Canada, we have to take advantage of every opportunity to get outside and enjoy it. And this year, of all years, we’ll probably be spending way more time in our own yards and spaces than ever before. So why not take advantage and elevate your personal outdoor space?

When designing an outdoor space, personalization is key. This is especially true for outdoor kitchens. Design with your preferences and lifestyle in mind to get the most out of your space. If you’d rather just order pizza, don’t install an outdoor pizza oven. If you’re a grill-master, opt for the tricked-out grilling station. You’ll be much more likely to get outside and use your space if it speaks to your culinary tendencies.
We’ve rounded up some of our best outdoor kitchen designs for inspiration. Take a look, and see which ideas work for you.

Fire Pit

Neil Podoll Photography

fire pit adds a cozy element to an outdoor kitchen, making the space a destination as daylight dwindles.

Outdoor Fireplace

John R. Wood Properties, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Similar to a fire pit, a fireplace lends a sense of comfort to an outdoor kitchen. Consider adding a fireplace if you’re aiming to bring the indoors out.

Pizza Oven

Daniel Driensky

If you enjoy making homemade pizzas, this one’s for you. If you’re totally down with delivery (no judgment here!), skip this one.


David Guettler Photography

Do you plan on crafting more cocktails than meals? Make the bar the focus of your outdoor kitchen.

Tricked-Out Grilling Station

Attention, grill-masters! This is your time to shine. The bells and whistles available for grilling stations are endless. Again, choose based on your tendencies and preferences.


Create shade with a beautiful pergola. A pergola also provides somewhere to mount light fixtures and fans.