Outdoor Kitchen / July 29, 2018 / Amaury Dubeau.
In summary pick a countertop. Choose a finish as long as its not polished. Use low voltage lighting and electrical outlets to make the outdoor kitchen as functional as the one inside. Stay cool with an umbrella sleeve. Stay warn with a toekick heater. Use 2inch thinstone veneer and a slabongrade foundation to cut costs. Include a glass tile backsplash for a stylish easytoclean surface. Finally always include a vent in the back of your grill so it doesnt blow up. Otherwise you may need these tips all over again.
Honed finishes being completely flat do not collect spills because the surface can just be wiped clean as opposed to the rough grittier finishes. Honed countertops also benefit greatly if they are sealed. Flamed countertops feature this rough gritty surface as it is heated to extremely high temperatures and cooled rapidly. The flamed countertop achieves a rugged natural look. The rough surface can be somewhat random as a result of the unpredictability of extreme heat making this finish the most natural.
Once youve decided how big your outdoor kitchen will be youre going to want to pick your grill. If you plan on having outdoor counters and other cooking space you may want to opt for one of the types without a cart the kind that can be installed into smaller enclosures. This both personalizes your kitchen and allows you to tailor the kitchen to fit the grill or vice versa. One great example comes from the Viking ESeries of grills. The ESeries grills have fantastic amenities like Flavor Generator Plates rotisserie burners and halogen canopy lighting just to name a few. Another huge advantage to using many of Vikings grills are that they dont require insulated jackets when theyre installed.
Another great costsaver for natural stone outdoor kitchens and grills is the use of 2inch ThinStone Veneer. ThinStone veneer covers the outer perimeters of a structure with a thin layer of natural stone giving the outdoor kitchen or grill the appearance of being made entirely of natural stone. For those looking to save money thinstone veneer creates the perfect appearance of a full 4 natural stone veneer but cost half as much because it requires significantly less labor. You your friends and your family will not know the difference between full depth stone and thinstone veneer.