Outdoor Kitchen / July 25, 2018 / Parnella Lejeune.
You should select sturdy and durable materials that can stand up to climate changes. Many building experts agree that Polymer is the perfect material for the construction of outdoor kitchens. It can withstand outside elements and unlike wood concrete or stucco it does not absorb moisture. Polymer is a solid material not a laminate or layered material and it will not warp crack or split. Countertops can be made from ceramic tile granite marble slate and other natural stones.
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.)
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.
If you decide that an outdoor kitchen close to your house or even under a deck is the best option there are actually outdoor ventilation hoods that can help you circulate the air and keep heat from building up on certain parts of your home. Vikings Outdoor Hood even has a heat sensor so it knows when to turn on or off. Not to mention it features the same stainless steel finish as the rest of Vikings appliances giving a sharp and modern look to your kitchen. If youre really brave and are completely building your outdoor kitchen on your own there are plenty of great doityourself articles online that can guide you.