The kitchen is often a home's beating heart, but with summer nearly upon us, many folks can't stand the heat.

Outdoor kitchens remain an ever-popular trend among home buyers looking for spaces to gather around the grill and bring the magic of the kitchen into the backyard.

A minimal deck or patio no longer does the trick, and homeowners are looking for more luxurious designs—full built-in kitchens, fire pits and fountains, dining areas, and formal seating space similar to what's indoors. Whether it's an open-air kitchen or a seamless indoor/outdoor flow throughout the house, these homes feature inviting outdoor rooms that create a stylish oasis for summer entertaining and provide functional kitchens that go beyond a simple grill.  

Here are 10 outdoor kitchen designs from BUILDER and Custom Home that successfully kick the summer heat up a notch.

Eichler Update Facilitates Outdoor Living 
2013 New American Home
Great Indoor Outdoor Spaces Elevate a Modest House
Moderno, Cape Coral, Fla.
Audubon Hollow, Houston
A Deluxe Outdoor Kitchen, Poolside
Sonoma Flow
Hover House 2, Los Angeles 
Modern Efficiency Comes in a Classic Package 
El Pintado Pool Pavilion, Danville, Calif.