Outdoor Kitchen / August 5, 2018 / Amaury Dubeau
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.)
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.
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.