Outdoor Kitchen / July 17, 2018 / Flordelis Flamand
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.
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.
An outdoor kitchen design can include different components and styles and there are many factors in deciding on the right outdoor kitchen design. One of the factors is just how much space you have to work with. Will it just include a small grill island or will your outdoor kitchen be as big as your indoor kitchen? Will it be the place where you and your family will spend a considerable amount of time? It is important that for an outdoor kitchen to work you must be able to provide adequate seating and dining areas. If you want to be able to enjoy your outdoor kitchen when the weather turns cooler it is a good idea to also have an outdoor fireplace to keep everyone warm and toasty.