To Make the Most of Outdoor Living, Today’s Luxury Homes Require a Fabulous Outdoor Kitchen

For most homeowners, the kitchen ends up being the part of the house where family members gather most frequently. Maybe it’s the call of hungry stomachs, or perhaps it’s just that cooking brings people together.

Kitchens in today’s homes, particularly luxury homes, are equipped with not only the most technologically advanced appliances and amenities; they’re designed with gourmet cooking, gathering and entertaining in mind. Today’s luxury gourmet kitchens are more spacious than ever, offering expansive counter and storage space, along with room for family members and guests to mingle, dine and relax. And, the enduring popularity of the modern-day great room floor plan only further reinforces the kitchen’s status as the true beating heart of every home.

But here in the Pacific Northwest, at this time of year, people want to be outdoors as often as possible. The days are long, and temperatures are moderate enough that outdoors-seekers can transition seamlessly from afternoon sun-fun into evening dining and entertaining without moving the party inside. If, that is, the home has a modern outdoor kitchen.

Today’s outdoor kitchens – masterful marvels of culinary convenience – have evolved to be light-years beyond the traditional back-deck barbecue. Not only designed to expand a home’s total living space, they can transform the entire concept of outdoor living. And they’re built to be every bit as stylish, versatile and high-performance as any luxury indoor kitchen can be.

The centerpiece of any luxury outdoor kitchen is a built-in gas-fired grilling station and cooking range. Take, for example, the Grand Turbo line of outdoor cook ranges. They’re made to satisfy the demands of the most high-performance chefs, whether they’re cooking for their family or entertaining a large crowd. These and other cook ranges are now being built-in to decks, patios and poolside lounges, to afford Pacific Northwest homeowners what is perhaps the greatest luxury of all – the convenience and comfort of being able to stay outdoors and extend their glorious summer days as long as possible.

But outdoor cooking is only the beginning of the outdoor kitchen experience. There are also outdoor built-in refrigerators, custom countertops and cabinets, and dining spaces to enjoy. Combined, they can elevate the art of outdoor living to heights never previously imagined.

A perfect example is seen in a luxury home for sale at 24320 N.E. 132nd Circle in Brush Prairie, Washington. The home comes equipped with spectacular gourmet kitchens both inside and out. The outdoor kitchen boasts a granite rock cooking island with built-in Grand Turbo stainless steel grilling station and oven, enormous granite countertops, refrigerator, sink, and cupboards. Adjoining the outdoor kitchen is a spacious covered lounge, with access to the swimming pool and hot tub. The kitchen overlooks a massive children’s play structure, so homeowners can prepare meals and watch the kids playing outside at once. To learn more about this beautiful home for sale, click here.

Again, when it comes to luxury living in the Northwest, having the convenience of being able to make the most of outdoor living is what it’s all about.


Terrie Cox is Oregon and Washington’s premier luxury real estate broker. Recognized nationally and internationally among RE/MAX’s top 50 Realtors in the world, Terrie is uniquely qualified to help buyers relocating to the Portland-Vancouver area learn more about the market, and select just the right city or community for their new home.  Call or text Terrie directly at (360) 607-4100, email or visit