There is a growing trend among Australian homeowners to include an outdoor kitchen in their home design plans for alfresco dining.

Australians have evolved from their simple barbecue habits to preparing and serving gourmet meals in outdoor kitchens.

Nick Detsirapis, National Development Manager for MyAlfresco Outdoor Kitchens, a division of Arisit, believes the rise of outdoor rooms and elaborate alfresco spaces is a strong growth area.

According to Mr Detsirapis, orders for outdoor kitchens are up 20% over the same time last year, indicating that people seem to be planning ahead for the possibility of an outdoor kitchen even if their original design doesn't include one.

Some of MyAlfresco clients are opting for luxury outdoor kitchens and don’t mind spending even up to $20,000 for big kitchens with top of the range finishes. MyAlfresco pre-designed module packages are recommended as a cost-effective option for those on a budget.

A key requirement in any outdoor kitchen is its ability to withstand the harsh Australian climate. Mr Detsirapis said that their all-weather cabinetry was made with Alucomp, a low weight sheet material consisting of aluminium layers, maintaining colour and resisting corrosion.

The Staron solid surface of the kitchens is created by Samsung and comprises of a natural and pure mineral derived from bauxite ore. When blended with advanced pure acrylic resin, the mineral helps create a non-porous surface, making staining almost impossible.

There are several appliance options available for outdoor kitchens; however, Mr Detsirapis encourages clients not to skimp on the barbecue and recommends a model with four to six burners, which is suitable for most families.