Outdoor Kitchen Tips


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According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, 45 percent of grill owners grill at least one to two times per week during peak summer months, and the 2013 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey shows that grills ranked second to fire pits as the most popular outdoor living feature this year. Many homeowners are upgrading their grills to full outdoor kitchens. From outdoor living expert Belgard Hardscapes, here are five considerations when adding a kitchen to an outdoor living space:

  • Convenience. Taking the indoors out is a growing trend for patios, and the same is true when it comes to outdoor kitchens. Homeowners can customize an outdoor kitchen with virtually any indoor modern convenience that fits their lifestyle, including a sink, brick oven, grill, griddle, beverage cooler, lighting and more.
  • Cleanability. Material underfoot is a top consideration for outdoor kitchens. Interlocking concrete pavers with a smooth surface provide steady footing and are easy to clean when spills occur.
  • Fire Resistance. Flammable flooring like grass or wood decking is a safety hazard that can ruin a summertime cookout in an instant. Flooring such as concrete pavers not only are easy to clean, but also provide fire resistance.
  • Integration. If adding an outdoor kitchen to an existing patio, consider how the size and shape of a grill island or bar will be conducive to the space you already have, and choose styles and colors that fit your home’s aesthetic.
  • Time and Budget. Today, prebuilt, modular pieces are a cost- and time-efficient way to add a kitchen to an outdoor space. 


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