Outdoor Kitchen Sinks
The addition of an outdoor kitchen sink may seem extravagant, but in your backyard, a kitchen sink could add functionality that you never imagined. While you're grilling and entertaining, a sink allows you to prep and clean all in one place, without having to run inside.
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.
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.
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.
Speaking of entertaining, a double-basin outdoor sink makes a great place to ice down your beverages in one side while you prep meat and veggies for the grill on the other. If your outdoor space includes a garden, wouldn't it be nice to have a kitchen sink to wash your harvest and your hands before you go in for the day? Finding the right sink for your outdoor kitchen is easy because many indoor sinks can also be used outdoors. Whether you prefer soapstone or stainless steel, you won't have to look very far to find a sink to fit your needs.
Installation of your outdoor kitchen sink will depend on where you want it to go and what style you prefer. Sinks come in a variety of mounting options and can be single, double, or even triple-bowled. An under-mounted sink creates a seamless look and is a good option if you have granite or soapstone countertops in your outdoor kitchen. A traditional, drop-in sink is a great choice for the beginner to intermediate do-it-yourselfer and can be easily installed into a countertop prefabricated with sink space. For an even greater level of functionality, consider a triple-basin sink with bar-like features such as a rinsing and draining area and built-in draining ice bin. Many outdoor sinks can be ordered online from companies that offer everything from smaller wet-bar sinks to commercial-grade basins and accessories. Most outdoor sinks are sold with a matching faucet or can be sold separately for easy customization.
Another consideration to make, whether you're adding a sink to an existing outdoor kitchen or including a sink in your new design, is plumbing. Depending on your DIY skills, you may want to hire a contractor to consult with you about the cost and logistics of adding the necessary plumbing to your outdoor kitchen. The benefit of hiring a contractor is he or she may think of ways to minimize the chance of freezing in the winter, the closest point to attach to your home's existing plumbing and any permits or inspections you may need from your local government for the project.
Stainless steel is the most popular material for an outdoor kitchen sink, but if you'd like a more stylish alternative look for sinks made from stone such as granite, marble or soapstone. These materials may require some maintenance so ask your dealer about how to keep your stone sink looking beautiful. Many online retailers offer variations on traditional, bar and farmhouse-style basins as well as faucets, cleaners and other accessories. They also provide information on stone maintenance, sealing and cleaning.
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