Outdoor Kitchen Countertops
The Keller's new rooftop kitchen features a state of the art grilling area, a bar with a granite countertop and fridge and a dining table under a pergola with retractable canopies, after transformation by the crew of DIY Network's original series, Kitchen Crashers.
Outdoor kitchen countertops are the primary place for food preparation and serving, but they also provide an extra level of protection for the cabinets and appliances below. That's why protective and weatherproof outdoor countertop materials are so important.
Detail of the outdoor kitchen at the home of Felicia and Kenny Fredieu which underwent a makeover that turned the plain yard that they inherited into a paradise fit to entertain their large family. Felician and Kenny both come from the New Orleans area and love to cook. They inherited the house from Kenny's mom who had a garden and also loved to cook. The design is inspired by the family closeness and the legacy of Kenny's mother and includes an outdoor kitchen, with two smokers, a fan deck to create a destination spot under the existing pepper tree that Kenny's mom planted decades ago, and an outdoor dining area to bring together the large family in style. The stone pavers are inspired by the stone on the front of the house, tying the house to the yard. The deck wall is also to create shade from the hot afternoon sun.
A beautifully designed hardscape includes a full-sized outdoor kitchen with additional built-in seating flanking a cascading fountain adjacent to a dramatic raised pool area. The accompaniment of the expansive green lawn makes this a perfect yard for entertaining families, which includes an in-ground trampoline.
Enjoy all the creature comforts you'd find inside with this outdoor living room and kitchen. Stylish wicker furniture makes up the living room component, while an outdoor cooking station, complete with an integrated grill, serves as the kitchen. A ceiling fan cools the area on warm days, while the fireplace warms chilly nights.
Moroccan-inspired moldings and bright patterned tile lends an Old World feel to this outdoor kitchen. The crew of HGTV's Bang for Your Buck added a stainless steel grill, gas cooktop, sink and dishwater for thoroughly modern cooking power.
An outdoor kitchen adjacent to the family dining area offers well-lighted space for food preparation with bar-height seating, a stainless steel grill, refrigerator and a bluestone footrest.
Every lakeside retreat needs a spacious outdoor kitchen and grilling spot to host year-round parties. This living space is complete with an extra-large patio, retaining wall, dining area, fireplace, custom-built dining table and fireside sofa.
Alex and Gloria get an outdoor room designed by Jamie Durie, a space where they can cook and invite people over and an egyptian design creating a tropical oasis. A water feature runs through the middle of their new backyard, replicating the water channels that run through the city of Cairo. Earthy toned fabric adorns a trellis, to replicate the neutral color palate of the desert. Egyptian papyrus and palm trees surround the yard give the yard with shade, while the back wall of concrete blocks creates the sense of repetition seen in Egypt. A dining area and barbeque complete the look of their newly designed Outdoor Room.
An outdoor kitchen and dining area are connected to a pool to make this backyard the perfect place to entertain on warm days, while an outdoor fireplace provides a toasty seating area for chillier nights.
Scenic of the outdoor bar area at the home of Matt and Zena Welker which underwent a makeover that turned their dust farm full of dead fruit trees and weeds which has been overrun by their dogs, into a fun filled tropical retreat for the couple and their dogs to entertain friends and their dogs with a relaxing place to cook and drink as well as play games. The unsightly eyesore of a garage, which had no doors on it, was painted and had doors put in place. The perimeter wall and the back of the house were painted subtle colors to bring it all together and get rid of the blah or awkward colors that were there. The back of the yard was sectioned off for the dogs to have their own play area, complete with a custom made doggie duplex and a smaller, more functional trampoline, rather than the oversized wedding gift trampoline that was falling apart in the yard. The dust bowl was replaced by a yard full of sod, which doubles as the play yard for horseshoes, and bean bag tosses. There is now a hot tub for the couple to enjoy their private time together and a deck and pergola to provide shade on the back of the house along with an outdoor bar. The yard now has an eclectic style, with an element of tropics as well as fun and games.
You may find some of the most protective materials are a bit more costly, but the price is worth the protection and longevity of your outdoor kitchen.
Prep and serving space are an important part of any kitchen and should be maximized no matter what size your space. If your outdoor kitchen space is modest, your counter space should be in proportion to the size of appliances and accessories like a grill and sink. For larger outdoor kitchen space, countertops can include a larger prep, serving and even a dining and bar area. Before ordering countertops, you will need to know the layout of your appliances and accessories so the manufacturer can make cutouts.
Granite may be the best option for an outdoor kitchen countertop. It's UV and scratch resistant and is nearly nonporous, so it's very water resistant. Soapstone is also a nice stone option, but is a bit more likely to scratch. With proper oiling, soapstone is easily maintained and is resistant to fading. Ask the manufacturer for details about cleaning and maintaining soapstone, granite and other mineral countertops.
If porcelain tile or concrete is the style you're after, be sure to use a waterproof board rather than plywood for the base of your counters. Choose porcelain tile rather than ceramic because it's more resistant to fading or discoloring. Also be aware that grout can discolor outdoors, so be sure to choose darker tile and grout colors to avoid this.
If you want a little more visual interest or are interested in post-consumer products, recycled glass countertops are available in a variety of colors and provide protection against the elements.
Materials you may want to avoid completely for your outdoor kitchen's counters are stone like quartz and laminates like Formica. Quartz is beautiful, but it's a more delicate mineral and may not stand up to extreme heat. Granite is a good alternative because it reflects many UV rays and protects itself in sunny conditions. Formica may seem tempting when you consider its low price, but at the core Formica is made from particleboard and will quickly warp or rot in hot, humid, or wet weather. For your outdoor kitchen countertops, don't sacrifice quality for price. Your wallet will thank you in the long run.
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