Outdoor Kitchen / July 16, 2018 / Amaury Dubeau
Before you decide to start your outdoor kitchen design there is one main thing you should consider: Will you use it enough? If youre the type of person that only pulls the grill out a few times a year versus the person who pretty much doesnt use the kitchen once grilling season hits an outdoor kitchen might not be worth the extra money. But if you and your family grill often enjoy outdoor dining and entertaining than an outdoor kitchen is a great addition to your home.
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.
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.