Contractor Tips Blog

Mar
28

Outdoor Kitchens

Now that the weather is continuing to improve and day light savings time is here, it is time to start thinking about spending more time outdoors.  One of the more popular activities in the warmer months is cooking outside.  While everyone grills out during the warmer months, why mot think about taking it to the next level by building a custom outdoor kitchen that is not only functional but is a key element in any outdoor living area.  Outdoor kitchens are extremely popular and are extremely functional.  In addition they add value to any home, especially in areas of the country such as South Florida where outdoor living spaces are highly desirable.  

An experienced design build contractor will be able to create a design to meet almost any budget, while incorporating the elements that are important to the homeowner.  Designs can range from the very simple, where a grill is built into a wall, to very complex designs that incorporate grilling areas, ovens, work surfaces, refrigerators, sinks, ice makers, storage and other features, which mimic a traditional indoor kitchen.  These more complex designs also incorporate plumbing, electrical and ventilation into the design as well. 

The design of the outdoor kitchen can be incorporated into an overall short and long-term landscape and hardscape plan for the property including pools, patios, dining areas and retaining walls.  In many homeowners see a great deal of value in being able to design, build and enjoy their outdoor kitchen space now and having it fit into the long plan for the property’s outdoor living space!

Posted on behalf of Tri-County Pavers & Design Corp.

Oct
11

Enhance Your Entertaining with an Outdoor Kitchen

When you’re entertaining, the kitchen becomes the central hub that facilitates the service of your guests. After all, what is a party without food and beverages? When your party is taking place out of doors, having to travel back and forth from the kitchen inside the house can be very inconvenient. We try to minimize this inconvenience by using ice and coolers to keep things cold and a grill to do the cooking. More and more homeowners are solving this problem by installing a fully functional outdoor kitchen in their outdoor living space.

What would you need to make your custom outdoor kitchen fully functional? A refrigerator for beverages would be a top priority for most people. Installing a small outdoor refrigerator in a bar area where your friends can either be served or serve themselves will put an end to trips to the kitchen for beverages or ice. Plus, it will look much nicer than camping coolers set out on the patio or deck.

A large grill built into a granite countertop with plenty of work surface will make the chef of the family enjoy his task even more. Cabinets for storage of picnic ware and service pieces make it easy for the hosts to remain available for their guests instead of disappearing indoors for supplies throughout the party. A bar sink with running water will be another item quick to hit the list. If you want to go to the ultimate in luxury, your outdoor kitchen can also include a dishwasher, specifically designed for outdoor installation.

Finish off the area with some great outdoor lighting features for the evening parties and your backyard will be a place where you can attend to the needs of your guests without ever having to leave the party.

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