Outdoor kitchens have gained lots of popularity over the last few years. If you are thinking about setting one up, there is a lot to think about. The first thought should be knowing where you want to put it. Once you know that, you can design any number of spaces ranging from a simple straight-line kitchen with a grill to an island with many different appliances available for use.
The main thing to remember is no different than what you would think about when designing an indoor cooking space. You need to remember the kitchen triangle, or the space that connects between your sink, refrigerator and cooking area. Each of these need to be located no more than 10 feet from each other to provide for ease of use. In addition, they also need to be unobstructed from one another.
But what kind of surface should you consider when you put an outdoor kitchen together? In the area of stone, granite is going to be your best option. It stands up to the elements better and is less apt to fade. One note on that would be to consider a granite surface with less veining. Veining in granite leads to the use of epoxy and while that is perfectly acceptable in the house, it is a little more challenging when dealing with it outside. With some epoxies and materials being more susceptible to the sun, you want to avoid having part of your counter being discolored as a result of that possibility. Tile will give you a lot of options, but one big drawback comes with those options. If your kitchen has to go through seasons, you will see that tile taking a lot of abuse just from exposure.
Something else to consider is color. While something in a dark color may look nice, you might not be happy that you chose it the first time you put your hand on it, since dark colors tend to absorb the heat of the sun. If you are in the sunlight, something lighter tends to work better. Another option would be to consider putting your outdoor kitchen in a shaded area, where this concern will be greatly lessened.
If you are considering adding an outdoor kitchen to your home, Stoneworks has got you covered. We’ll be able to put something together with you, large or small that you will love. Get in touch with us and set up an appointment. We would love to show you all of the possibilities that are available to make your outdoor kitchen space everything you want it to be.