Outdoor Kitchen / August 3, 2018 / Yseult LeBatelier.
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.
If youre really into cooking or you just want to be sure that you can prepare anything when youre outside the addition of a rangetop or even a wok cooker can bring new dimensions to your cooking potential. Even an amateur chef will find uses for these devices which many times are no more complicated than those in your primary indoor kitchen. The advantage to using an outdoor rangetop is that you dont necessarily need all the highend ventilation equipment that you do indoors when your innerchef fires up the burners to full blast. Vikings outdoor rangetops even have removable driptrays to catch that falling food when you spill a bit.
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.