Most of us are (I assume) generally satisfied with our outdoor grill. It’s Dad’s happy place, right? It has its own designated spot on the deck or patio, and if we really love that grill, it gets a nice cover for the winter. Around this time of year though, we start to become antsy; we can almost taste spring and sunshine but the cold weather just won’t let up. But I have good news! Because it’s not warm enough to start with spring or summertime activities, it’s the perfect time to start prepping for them. This is the perfect time of year to start these outdoor projects, like outdoor kitchens, that will be enjoyed for springs and summers and autumns to come. And, once the outdoor kitchen is done it will be about late spring or early summer; which means now you don’t have an excuse to not remodel the indoor kitchen. *Winky face*
What should you put in an outdoor kitchen?
It can be as simple as a grill upgrade to a built-in with natural stones, or a full overhaul of appliances and design outside. There’s also everything in-between. How much do you love barbeque? Or just grilling and being/eating outdoors in general? If you love being outside and entertaining outside, you’d definitely enjoy a more design oriented outdoor kitchen with different power spots and work triangles. On the other end of the spectrum, maybe you just relate to Hank Hill and simply love your grill. Give it some kisses and integrate it into its own area with more countertop space and a beautiful ledger stone foundation. The possibilities are endless!
Are there materials that I should stay away from putting outside?
There are special cabinets and manufacturers specifically for outdoor kitchens. Although different cabinet door constructions may work outside (like thermofoil door finishes), it’s best to go with cabinetry that is made to live outside. Ask your designer about different materials and brands that love producing outdoor kitchens.
The same goes for countertop materials. Although quartz products are able to withstand being outside, there is a strong possibility that the expensive coloring will fade due to the epoxy reaction in the sunlight. For countertop materials, granite is the way to go. Because it is a natural slab stone, it was born to be outside. It does have to be sealed every year or so, but you won’t have to worry about color fading. Tile can have the same issues as countertop materials; mainly so because there are porcelain tiles and natural stone tiles. Porcelain tiles do have the possibility of fading in sunlight, they can also crack easier than natural stone. Natural stone tiles like Travertine are thicker and are used to being outside. They can take the heat!
Does this mean I have to landscape?
Not at all! Unless you want to enhance the space even more, of course. We have seen outdoor kitchens on a patio with a simply sodded yard, as well as outdoor kitchens that look like a mirage in the center of a decadent jungle. It’s all designed per your space and your functionality needs/desires.
Outdoor kitchens seem like a ritzy thing to do; but in reality they are very functional and add flair to a place that you wouldn’t immediately think to put it. Now that you have some preliminary info, contact your local home remodeling company (or if you live in the Tri-County area, give Southern Maryland Kitchen, Bath, Floors & Design a call 😀) and see what they can do to get you started on the outdoor space you’ve always dreamed of.
If you live in Southern Maryland and liked this article or would like professional advice on your outdoor kitchen or any other remodeling project, please contact Southern Maryland Kitchen, Bath, Floors and Design at 301-866-0337. You can also schedule a FREE consultation, measurement, and estimate with one of our experienced design consultants online at www.SoMDKitchenBathFloors.com. Feel free to visit our showroom in the Wildewood Shopping Center in California at any time, and see what we can do for YOU! We have experienced designers that will listen and experienced installers on staff to handle every step of the process.
If you're more inclined to learn about indoor kitchen remodels, be sure to check out our previous blog post on spatial design and how it can subliminally impact your mood - Remodeling Impacts More Than Just Home Value: Color Effect & Spatial Design