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Beyond the Grill

Beyond the Grill Many homeowners are adding ovens, refrigerators, freezers, icemakers, warming drawers and microwaves to their kitchen design. The warming drawer is becoming a popular addition because it allows you to finish cooking your main course, while your side dishes and rolls are warming to assure the perfect dinner.

Storing all your outdoor supplies is equally important, which is why you'll need to pick out your cabinets. All-weather cabinet designs range from stainless steel to protected wood to brick or concrete block clad in ceramic or stone veneers. Styles generally mimic furniture trends indoors, but your design should complement the look of your home.

In many higher-end outdoor kitchens you'll find a prep sink with a garbage disposal and single dishwasher drawer to make prep and clean-up a snap. But even smaller budgets can enjoy a sink. Simply plumbed it would require a cold water supply that can easily feed off a garden hose or spigot.

Another innovative element in outdoor kitchens is the under-the-counter refrigerator. Whether you're storing food or beverages it's a handy accessory. You can purchase an under-the-counter refrigerator for about $600. For convenience, you'll want one with caster wheels so you can roll it indoors for the winter.