Outdoor Kitchen / July 18, 2018 / Parnella Lejeune.
Next you must choose the type of finish for your stone countertop. First of all never use polished stone for an outdoor kitchen countertop. The surface will blind you with reflected sunlight and always look dirty. Allow the natural stone to look natural and it will enhance the style of the outdoor kitchen. Some possible finishes for a natural stone countertop include honed flamed and brushed. A honed natural stone finish features a smooth surface without the horrible reflection of a polished finish.
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.
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.
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.