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By Jayme Muller

June 1, 2020

So you’ve decided to build an outdoor kitchen.

You’re probably quite thrilled about the process… Visions of entertaining in a new luxurious outdoor space playing in your mind like a slideshow for an HGTV ad. There is much to be excited about!

Unfortunately, you’re excited until you realize how much effort it is.

If you have already begun the process and logistics of just the outdoor kitchen design, it’s likely you’re feeling…




Let’s be honest…

Outdoor kitchen design can be downright stressful.

You can draw it by hand on paper, which is fine… If you’re an architect.

Many retailers will offer a line drawing option which is okay… It just doesn’t do much for your vision. It’s pretty hard to imagine what a stick figure version of your outdoor kitchen will look like in your backyard.

Some designers can even offer an advanced 3D model of your dream outdoor kitchen. The problem? You have to pay for it. You’ve locked yourself into paying for a design before you even know if you like it or not.

The wave of questions crash so quickly in your mind you can hardly keep up…

How do I begin?

What do I have space for?

How do we fit appliances beyond a grill and storage?

Is there free outdoor kitchen design software?

Do I have control over the design?

How will this actually look?

u shape outdoor kitchen designs


These are all important questions that have to be addressed.

Designing your outdoor kitchen can be a huge time investment. Hours of research is involved to make informed decisions on space, layout, grills, storage, and appliances. Unfortunately, there is a lot of inaccurate information online that complicates this process further.

With all of the challenges that go along with outdoor kitchen design, many homeowners end up frustrated with no progress to be had. They call it a truce and bring on a contractor to handle the job.

The challenge doesn’t end there.

Then the difficulty lies in finding a contractor that is experienced in building outdoor kitchens. Just between you and me, there aren’t many out there. And if you’re lucky enough to find one, they are in high demand. Skill level of your contractor directly correlates to the quality of outdoor kitchen you end up with.

Depending on the decisions you make, the process from start to finish can take anywhere from several weeks to several months. You know what that means?


No technical skills are needed to design your outdoor kitchen with our new outdoor kitchen design software.

By the time your outdoor kitchen is ready to use, prime barbecue season has already gone and passed.

So what to do about this? You want your outdoor kitchen now, not 4 months from now.

That’s where we come in. We’ve made it easier for you to design your outdoor kitchen without any skill needed.

Read on to learn about our free outdoor kitchen design software.


We at RTA can empathize with the struggles of designing and building an outdoor kitchen. Streamlining this process is the driving force behind what led us into the outdoor living industry.

Researching is exhausting… Conflicting information is frustrating… And it is challenging to find a local contractor or designer to help.

We understand there are many roadblocks on the path to designing your outdoor kitchen – it’s enough to make some people give up. Our mission is to remove those roadblocks and simplify the process as much as possible. You shouldn’t have to compromise.

Our solution to this problem was to create an online outdoor kitchen design tool.

This free outdoor kitchen design software allows you to…





and even quote outdoor kitchens in a matter of minutes.

This outdoor kitchen design tool is truly a passion project.

Several hundred hours have been invested into developing version one. We spent so much time on this design tool because we didn’t want this to be just another gimmicky sales grab. There’s already too much of that online. We wanted to do it right and make it valuable for anyone who is attempting to design and build an outdoor kitchen.

We all have enough stress in our lives, designing an outdoor kitchen doesn’t have to be another stressor. We believe it should be enjoyable.

It’s no sweat.

rta outdoor kitchen by pool


The RTA outdoor kitchen design software puts you in control of the destiny of your outdoor kitchen space.

You have the ability to experiment with outdoor kitchen ideas from the comfort of your own home…


You get the immediate gratification of being able to visualize your design ideas right in front of your eyes. No more mystery and crossing your fingers that the project comes out as you had imagined.

You can make tweaks all with a simple click of the mouse. Don’t want the storage door? Try swapping it out for a refrigerator. Don’t want a natural gas grill? Swap in a charcoal or pellet grill. Don’t want a gray countertop? See what taupe or white looks like.

You can configure the layout and location of appliances as well. No longer are you limited to the basic “stock photo” standard version of outdoor kitchens.

The outdoor kitchen design tool allows you to create unique kitchens to match your unique desires.

Can you see how easy it is to design your outdoor kitchen?

Let’s go ahead and test it.

rta outdoor kitchen design


Now that you’ve heard all about our outdoor kitchen design software, it’s time to get down to brass tacks.

How does it work?

This tool is incredibly simple to use. No technical skills are needed, just your imagination.

However, I would like to walk you through the process and make sure you are completely confident.

Below I will show you a picture of a custom outdoor kitchen. We’ll be building this together using the outdoor kitchen design tool.

There are only five steps from start to finish, so you’ll catch on quickly.

We’ll have your outdoor kitchen designed in just a few clicks, read on to see how.

u shape outdoor kitchen layout


No technical skills are needed to design your outdoor kitchen with our new outdoor kitchen design software.


And so it begins!

Once you enter your project name and get started, you’ll see this page.

As you will see, there are seven outdoor grill island layout options for you to choose from on this page. Straight, L-Shaped right and left aligned, U-Shaped, Galley, and two Side-by-Side options.

Each design has their own advantages and you can play around with each one to see which is best for you. You may already have a layout in mind to try.

For this example, we will be selecting the U-Shaped outdoor kitchen.

Once you’ve selected your desired layout, it is time to move on to the next step.

choose from outdoor kitchen designs


This is where the options begin to open up for you. Since we have chosen an U-Shaped island, we actually have three separate islands to consider.

Notice near the upper left corner there is a 3D image of the U-Shaped island. The center island is highlighted. This is the current island we are working on designing. Make sure to keep this tip in mind as you move through the steps.

For any island design other than straight, you will see a note on the screen. For this layout, it says “Note: The connecting island is an 8ft bar island”. All this saying is that the second or connecting island will always be an 8ft bar island.

For this example, we will be selecting the 8ft grill island.

island size selection for outdoor kitchen design


Now it’s time to decide how you would like your appliances to be laid out on the grill islands. There are a ton of options here, but no need to feel overwhelmed.

You can always go back to previous steps and test the look of a new layout. That’s the beauty of this outdoor kitchen design software, nothing is set in stone. You can go back and forth as many times as you wish and all for free.

Remember to refer to the 3D model in the upper left corner when designing your appliance layout. The island you are designing will be highlighted in blue.

Based on our example, we are working on the center grill island. To me, it appears the selection I have chosen in a light blue box most closely resembles the layout pictured.

Now that I’ve selected the correct option for the example, I move on to the next page.

outdoor grill design layout

As you will see in the image below, we have to decide on appliance layout for the left bar island.

You will notice that all three options have a large red area that says island overlap. This is where the two grill islands connect and so we are unable to put appliances there.

Back to our example.

You’ll notice it doesn’t match the appliance layout options exactly. There is only one large accessory. This is not a problem!

We’ll choose the center option for now. When it comes to adding appliances, we can just leave the small accessory spot open.

appliance layout for free outdoor kitchen design software

Moving onto the next page, we’re selecting appliance layout for the right side island. Based on our example we have an extra large accessory, so I’ve selected the first option.

layout selection for simple outdoor kitchen designs

Now that we’ve selected appliance layout, let’s move onto step four.



Alright. You’ve chosen your island layout, picked the size, and chosen the appliance layout. It’s time to decide what grills, appliances, and accessories you are going to put into your grill island.

You will notice at first that all the spaces are empty. This is your clean slate for kitchen design ideas! You’ll click through each of the arrows to place an appliance in the desired location. The system has automatically filtered out what items will fit with each other.

Based on the 3D model, we are working on the center grill island first.

choosing appliances in free outdoor kitchen design software online

Before I finish filling in the appliances, I want to point something out to you.

You may notice that occasionally an exclamation point in a red circle will come on the screen as you browse. This means that there is overlap in the accessories you selected and there is not enough room for both of them.

appliance options for patio kitchen designs

Thankfully, the options are practically endless so this doesn’t happen much.

Back to designing this outdoor kitchen.

Now that everything is filled in, we have an outdoor fridge, 36″ grill, double access door, a double drawer, and a dual side burner. It’s looking great so far, now it’s time to design the other two islands.

choose appliances for built in bbq designs

All we have on the left island is a dual pull out trash. We sift through the options until the desired appliance is selected.

What about the small accessory space? If you remember from earlier, we actually don’t have to select anything here! So we’ll leave this empty and it will not impact the final design negatively.

selecting appliances for diy outdoor kitchen designs

We now just have to fill appliances for the right bar island. In this example, we have selected the double drawer combo.

choosing appliances for summer kitchen designs

Next, you’ll be sent to a page for optional add-ons. You can add either a pizza oven stand or an asado stand to the end of either bar island.

In our example, the customer did not opt for either, but you can absolutely play around with this concept. Just to demonstrate, I checked the asado stand and the number one appears on the left bar island. This denotes where the stand will be located. The center button “swap positions” will allow you to move it to the opposite island.

rta island add ons for kitchen design

Finally, we move on to the fifth and final step.



You’ve completed all the previous steps and now it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Now you will see the outdoor kitchen you designed digitally rendered right in front of you. Pretty neat, huh?

By default, the kitchen will appear in stacked stone gray. You will notice on the side there are more countertop and finish style options as well.

If you select ‘Pick Countertop’, you’ll see we offer both concrete and granite countertops. Play around with both options and see what you prefer!

When you select ‘Finish Style’, you’ll see the various surround finishes we offer. There are a variety of colors and textures available, so have fun exploring the potential! 

In the example picture, the surround happens to be stacked stone gray. So we technically don’t have to change anything to match the example. However, I encourage you to play with kitchen design and colors to find what is best for you.

Better yet, you can click and drag on the screen to view your outdoor grill island from any angle. Want to see an aerial view? No problem.

You can even scroll your mouse to get a closer look at everything. Curious about the surround texture? Go ahead, take a close peek.

With the RTA outdoor kitchen design tool, everything is within your grasp.

Now, there’s only one thing left to do.

u shape outdoor kitchen designs
u shape outdoor kitchen layout


Everyone loves a good success story.

That’s why we’ve decided to compile some photos here from happy customers.

These customers used our design tool, worked with our design experts, and got a beautiful custom outdoor kitchen out of it.

Here are some great examples:

3d render from outdoor kitchen designer
custom rta outdoor kitchen with appliances
finished backyard kitchen design
summer kitchen by a lake
final render from outdoor kitchen design software
custom l shape rta outdoor bbq


This video of Charlie Moore, ‘The Mad Fisherman‘, designing his RTA outdoor kitchen with our design tool will put you at ease.

As we’ve been saying, it really is as easy as a few clicks!

It took just a few minutes for Charlie to design his kitchen and ordered shortly thereafter. As you can see in the video, the exact kitchen he designed arrived in his yard and came together in one afternoon.

Doesn’t get much easier than that!

You can do this!

So what’s next?

“Even a solid C minus student like me can go onto, design this within 15 minutes, and within 4 weeks the whole thing is done.” – Charlie Moore


So you’ve designed your outdoor kitchen and it looks absolutely perfect. You’re confident this is the design you want to move forward with and build in your outdoor space. Now what?


On the right hand side of the page displaying your design, there is a button that says “Free Quote”. Click on it.

You will be led to a simple form to fill out. Basic contact info, project related questions, and any additional comments.

Your design will be sent to one of our design experts to assess and create a quote. They will get back to you and answer any questions you may have.

get a quote from free outdoor kitchen design software

And there you have it. It’s that easy. We can guide you from not knowing where to begin to a full outdoor kitchen design (and quote on the way) in minutes.

Our goal was to make this process as easy as possible for you.

We know how busy you all are and the process of designing an outdoor kitchen can seem daunting… Like a chore. We wanted to remove this stress and make the process enjoyable.

Our outdoor kitchen design software removes all stress and frustration so you can Host the Moments that Matter.


Use our 3D outdoor kitchen design tool today to design your outdoor grill island and get a free quote.
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