Outdoor Kitchens

Dreaming of those hot summer days spent in the backyard with a grill and cold beverages? Imagine a fully furnished outdoor dining area with a built-in refrigerator, sink, professional pizza oven or a top-of-the-line grill station. Add a stone fireplace as a focal point and it will also keep you toasty at night.

A custom outdoor kitchen is an ideal addition to your home because it enables you to use and enjoy your outdoor space with friends and family all year.

Deciding where to put your outdoor kitchen is the initial step. Think about your yard’s size and shape and its accessibility to your inside dining room and kitchen. When choosing the area, you might also want to consider things like privacy, shade, and views.

Once you’ve decided on a location and assessed your needs, it’s time to create the outdoor kitchen layout. Think of how people will move, where the storage and appliances will go, and where people will dine and lounge. A well-thought-out outdoor kitchen must be convenient for preparing meals and entertaining while also being practical and comfortable.

Consider lighting and entertainment options to make your outdoor kitchen more attractive. Install task lighting for preparing food and soft lighting for evening meals and gatherings. You might also consider a television, a sound system, or a fire pit for more enjoyment.

Finally, your outdoor kitchen needs the right appliances and weatherproof cabinets. Being outdoors means all kitchen utensils, tools, and equipment are more susceptible to dust, pollen, humidity, pests, and temperature changes. That’s why we work with NatureKast, leading manufacturer of custom outdoor cabinets designed to withstand the elements and keep your equipment safe. We custom design galley workstations, grilling stations and home bars to accommodate all the appliances and storage you need for food and drink preparation.

Designing a kitchen for the outdoors can be challenging, so it’s best to let an experienced kitchen design and build team tackle the project. Sawhill Kitchens is an award-winning home remodeling company serving the in Minneapolis/St. Paul area. We specialize in building luxury custom kitchens, whether they’re indoors or out. We’d love to create an outdoor oasis for you to enjoy all year round. Contact our design team to learn how we can transform your outdoor living space.


I cannot say enough nice things about Sawhill Kitchens. We hired them in January 2020 to completely remodel our 30 year old kitchen. Sue Palmquist listened to us and designed a fabulous new kitchen that is both beautiful and more functional. She was willing to make changes that we asked for but also was willing to politely stand her ground when she felt we were asking for something that would not be ideal. And this happened because earlier in my career I worked in the kitchen industry, so I had “opinions.” We greatly respected how Sue addressed my opinions and it led to a substantially better result. Sawhill also has a fabulous team of subcontractors that are focused on delivering high quality workmanship while simultaneously treating our home with respect. Everyone should contact them if they are looking for the best people, design and workmanship.

-Greg Pomerantz

Top notch team turned our dream into reality! Great listeners, high quality, professionalism and talent! Such nice people to work with. Even when things didn’t go as expected, they handled everything with grace and it all turned out beautiful! I think our dog misses seeing them, lol!”

-Jill Scholtz

We did a kitchen remodel with Sawhill and are thrilled with the results! Susan was a pleasure to work with in the design process. She gave attention to the little details that make the room super functional as well as attractive. She incorporated our input along with her professional expertise and was willing to give advice on other areas of the home as well to make everything work together. She is the best! The contractors used were also professional and did a great job. Thank you, Sawhill, for a great new kitchen!

-Kathryn Reed

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