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05/31/2014 12:14 pm ET | Updated May 31, 2014

These 11 Outdoor Kitchens Are What Summer Entertaining Dreams Are Made Of (PHOTOS)

As the weather gets warmer, it slowly becomes time to move the party outside. But that doesn't mean you have to settle for an overpriced (and probably crowded) rooftop bar or an all-too-familiar family picnic with mediocre burgers made on an ancient grill. Thanks to our friends at Porch.com, we can all rest easy knowing that outdoor entertaining can be as easy as opening your home's backdoor to the patio or stepping through the entryway to your balcony. Besides, you can never go wrong with a second kitchen. (One can only dream.)

Where could you see yourself -- and your guests -- spending some time this season?

  • Sometimes an indoor kitchen just isn't enough.
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    Garden, Spa, Pool by Darwin Webb Landscape Architects, P.S.
  • And an outdoor fireplace is always a bonus.
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    Forest Drive Porch by Advanced Renovations, Inc.
  • A fire pit combined with a bar? Yes, please.
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    Sherman Oaks Landscape Remodel by Stout Design-Build, Inc.
  • Now this is how you take grilling to a whole new level...
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    Pacific Palisades New Landscape by Stout Design-Build, Inc.
  • ...and up the ante on your poolside relaxation game.
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    Eagle Creek Home by Canin Associates
  • Any cooking space is better with fantastic scenery.
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    Lake Oswego by Riverland Homes
  • Who says chandeliers and lamps are just for the foyer?
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    Vineyard by Tom Kuniholm Architect
  • Nothing says cozy quite like a fire to gather around.
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    Scottsdale Landscape Project by Desert Designer
  • Bonus points if the entire setup is on a mod balcony...
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    Apogee by Juan Carlos Rosas
  • ...or has breathtaking views of the surrounding nature.
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    Stone Ridge by Witt Construction
  • Because as long as there's plenty of lighting when the sun goes down, you're all set.
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    Redmond Landscaping by Alderwood Landscaping

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