Outdoor Kitchen / August 5, 2018 / Amaury Dubeau
Bluestone countertops are certainly durable enough to handle the outdoors especially considering a bluestone countertop may match your dining patio. In style bluestone countertops bring a formality to the look of the outdoor kitchen. Other countertop options include concrete slate tile marble and soapstone. In the end local stone such as bluestone seem to hold the best balance between cost durability and beauty. (Also 2inch bluestone should be used instead of typical 1and a quarterinch. This will provide the countertop with necessary strength and durability for transportation.)
This technique unfamiliar to the average homeowner incorporates a on grade foundation that will cut your structural costs in half. Your outdoor kitchen and grill can be set on a slabongrade foundation as opposed to a typical footing. Slabongrade means the shape is dug into the ground gravel is set at the bottom and concrete is poured level with the hole and reinforced by steel. This technique works in conjunction with metal framed structures metal framed structures weigh significantly less than masonry structures and are designed to handle the countertop weight. This simple system removes the need for a deeply dug footing and concrete block cutting back structural costs by 50 percent.
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.