Outdoor Kitchen / July 10, 2018 / Chapin Boule
It used to be that outdoor entertaining conjured up the familiar image of the picnic lunch at the park. You only needed a picnic basket thermos paper plates and plastic utensils. Or if you wanted to be able to host an outdoor luncheon or dinner you would toss some items on a barbecue pit out in the backyard and flip burgers and hotdogs. Cooking on a grill is a great way to entertain outdoors. However it is a nuisance to have to go back and forth from the kitchen to the patio. That is way outdoor kitchens have become more and more popular.
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.)
As you can see while they may seem like a luxury there really are no set rules for defining a space as an outdoor kitchen. With a little imagination and helpful resources and design guidelines such as this you will find that no matter what type you may fancy it is sure to become a central location for your family and your friends to gather while enjoying the great outdoors. Following is a short and fun questionnaire to help you begin determining your outdoor kitchen design goals.