Few summer delights are as enjoyable as a cookout. An outdoor kitchen can help you slow down and spend more time with family and friends by putting all the items for outdoor dining close by. Outdoor kitchens are much more casual than the indoor variety, and their design would depend on your family’s needs. Now you too can become an instant celebrity among your family and friends, when you use Professional Stone Work’s outdoor kitchen strategies, outlined below:
Professional Stone Work’s Plan for Creating Outdoor Kitchens that will Generate Instant Buzz in Your Social Circle
Step 1: Location, Location and Location
Make sure your outdoor kitchen will work with your home’s overall style before you start planning. Site selection is an important part of planning outdoor kitchens. Think about how you use your kitchen before you select a locale. For example, do you cook alone, or does your spouse help you? Do you need workstations for each stage of meal preparation? You might also want to consider an overhang to shelter the area from rain, especially if you’re going to use it year round.
Step 2: Choose Masonry Materials
Professional Stone Work recommends building outdoor kitchens using masonry materials, including stone, brick or concrete block. Not only do these permanent structures look beautiful, but they are also long-lasting, and can endure harsh weather conditions. Professional Stone Work would be happy to provide free estimates for your walls, the enclosed space for the oven, the sink base, the counters and additional spots such as benches and flowerpots.
Step 3: Consult Professional Stone Work Early in the Design Process
We will help you decide the most efficient and cost-effective positions for electrical outlets, gas lines, and water supply and waste removal pipes. You can choose how simple or how complex you want your kitchen to be, and we will work to match your vision as closely as possible. Besides looking at the feasibility of connecting with power and plumbing, you will definitely want to think about the best overall position for the kitchen in your particular location.
Step 4: Look at the Big Picture
If you are to run gas, water, and electricity to your outdoor kitchen, then you’ll need Professional Stone Work to help you set it up tastefully, especially if you place the kitchen in an open space like your patio.
An outdoor kitchen is a quick and affordable way to add value to your home. The average kitchen remodel will improve the value of your home by about 81% of the cost of the work, while outdoor kitchens will boost your resale value by as much as 130% to 200% of the cost, depending on where you live. This is a great investment, especially if you plan to sell your home within a couple of years.