Small Outdoor Kitchen in Houston Throws Style a Curve
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Small Outdoor Kitchen Throws Style a Curve in Houston

Posted by Lisa Lynch on 6/23/2014


 This small outdoor kitchen by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston features a curved design along the flagstone walkway that allows for optimal traffic flow. More small space kitchens at

This small outdoor kitchen is big on function – and style.

“This compact outdoor kitchen island has a really nice look, with materials I haven’t really used before,” says Wayne Franks, owner of Outdoor Homescapes of Houston.

The exterior walls, he notes, are a dry-stacked Tuscan Valley limestone. The countertop is Normandy granite.

“It’s unique because of the shape,” explains Franks.  “We used a special galvanized steel track stud that’s fastened to the concrete. It’s segmented and pivots to follow the radius shape of the existing deck.”

A “skin” of HardiePanel (fiber cement siding, which can handle the high-heat of grills better than wood) is then put over top of the frame. This creates a cabinet for appliances and storage.

Here’s how this small outdoor kitchen came to life:

A unique small outdoor kitchen required this curved metal frame and segmented tracking from Outdoor Homescapes of Houston. The Houston outdoor designer has other such projects on its website, at

Galvanized steel frame with segmented track

This small outdoor kitchen in Houston has a Hardie panel covering over a segmented, galvanized steel frame before stone walls are built on the exterior. Outdoor Homescapes of Houston, the Houston outdoor living space designer who designed and built the project, has a gallery of its other outdoor kitchens on its website at

A HardiePanel “skin” covers a segmented, curved metal frame before stone walls are built on the exterior.

 This small outdoor kitchen with a curved back, built by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston, needed a galvanized steel frame, covered with HardiePanel and then drystacked limestone. More at

Tuscan Valley limestone is drystacked into exterior walls. Finally, built-in appliances and stainless steel storage are added.

Built into the small outdoor kitchen island are a 30-inch RCS commercial-grade grill with a double burner and outdoor refrigerator:

“The curve helps this kitchen meld into the outside border of the flagstone walkway, for optimal traffic flow,” says Franks. “And I really love the look of the limestone stone. For a smaller kitchen, this one really shines with style.”

Looking for small-space kitchen designs in Houston? Check out our photos of small-space outdoor kitchens. You can also browse the small outdoor kitchen photos on Houzz.

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