Outdoor Kitchen / July 30, 2018 / Chapin Boule.
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.
Including low voltage lighting in an outdoor kitchen will safely create a usable cooking space after the sun goes down and highlight the bold features of the structure therefore increasing the overall value of your outdoor kitchen and grill. After all not even the greatest chefs can cook in the dark. For added style to the welllit backsplash glass tile can be used for color and design. Glass tile also meets the backsplash criteria of being nonporous and heatresistant both necessary qualities for a backsplash that will have to withstand extreme heat and splashing in the kitchen.
Once you have your cookware and countertop space figured out dont forget to look at sinks and cupboards as well. More undercounter space will let you keep more utensils grill tools plates and the like outside so you can make less trips back to the kitchen. On the same note you may also want to consider and outdoor sink. Many of them are very easy to install and maintain and they let you wash and dry your dishes right at the site of usage.
One last word about outdoor kitchens you may find that some people are much nicer to you than they were before when you have your outdoor kitchen ready some of them may even call and ask if they can come over for a nice sunny Sunday lunch and enjoy your new outdoor kitchen you dont have to invite all of these new friends and if they complain about you never answering the phone or not getting the door you can simply tell them you were outside preparing a nice lunch in your new outdoor kitchen.