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How To Choose the Best Pavilion for Your Outdoor Kitchen

An outdoor kitchen under a pavilion will become the centerpiece of your backyard, whether that is your intent or not. Here are a few things to consider as you plan to expand your outdoor living space.

Keystone pavilion on pool deck.

Material Choice: Wood or Vinyl?

The main factor to keep in mind here is the grill type you plan to use. Charcoal smoke can discolor white vinyl. So if you’re certain a charcoal grill will be part of your outdoor kitchen, our wooden Keystone pavilions might be a good choice for you.

Wood: We use clear grade, hand selected, kiln dried, pressure-treated pine lumber. We’ve found that it’s far superior to #1 grade, which has more knots.

Vinyl: Our vinyl pavilions are made from #1 grade treated southern yellow pine and covered in maintenance-free vinyl.


Pavilion Size & Shape

The size and shape for your pavilion will depend on your desired kitchen layout and your intended use. Most outdoor kitchen pavilions are either square or rectangular in shape, which makes arranging elements around the perimeter much easier.

Most outdoor kitchens include a cooking area (a gas or propane grill or barbecue smoker), seating area, and countertop prep and serving areas.

Other possible options include:

  • A refrigerator for food and beverages
  • Sink & storage drawers
  • Pizza oven
  • Fireplace
  • Television
  • Stereo system
  • Table seating and/or outdoor bar seating
Vinyl pavilion with copper roof.


Comparing Square Footages

Vinyl pavilion. 12 x 12 feet is on the smaller end and would accommodate a gas grill (or smoker) and small prep counter.
20 by 24 foot vinyl pavilion. 20 x 24 is large enough to fit a full-size grill, countertop, seating area, refrigerator, and storage drawers.


Custom vinyl pavilion with grill and seating area.

Pavilion FAQs

Do Creative Gazebos structures adhere to local building codes?
Our engineer helps us through the design process to ensure that our structures meet code requirements in the areas where we sell.

Will you deliver and set up my structure for me?
Delivery and set up services are available at your request through our nationwide network of trusted dealers. If you’d prefer to assemble the structure yourself, we can deliver your item as a kit, complete with a simple step-by-step assembly guide. You can always call us for help or guidance.

What accessories are available?
Many customers choose to top their pavilion with a cupola, weathervane, or add screens to keep bugs out. Electrical packages are available too if you wish to have refrigeration, television, lighting, or a ceiling fan. For pergolas and pavilions, EZ Shade Curtains are a popular accessory for added shade and comfort.

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Our product experts are here to help you find or customize your pavilion. You can order an item for pickup we can deliver it to your home. Setup services (and removal, if applicable) are also available to you.

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