Outdoor Kitchen / July 14, 2018 / Yseult LeBatelier
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.)
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.
Electrical outlets can also be placed inside the structure for refrigerators warming draws and even for low voltage transformers. Electrical outlets in your outdoor kitchen can be a perfect place to setup your dream outdoor living environment with every cooking and entertainment appliance you could imagine. You could even bring a T.V. outside to watch the game while you cook on the grill. Glass tile kitchen backsplashes not only give outdoor kitchens an extra kick of style and design but they are also easy to clean. The smooth surface can be wiped down shortly after cooking to preserve the beauty of the masonry structure.