Design A Stunning Modern Outdoor Kitchen

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Cooking is no longer just an indoor endeavor. However, it's not only about throwing steaks on the grill either. Many homeowners prefer to prepare entire meals al fresco. This necessitates an outdoor kitchen. A modern outdoor kitchen features sleek lines and industrial materials. If you have a contemporary style home, a modern outdoor kitchen adds value to both the house and your lifestyle.

Decide on Your Entertaining Needs

Do you have grand visions of hosting large parties or neighborhood barbecues? Or would you prefer to hone your culinary skills for a few select people? Be honest about your entertaining needs. Look at how often you invite others over. Focus also on how often you grill now. Imagine the tasks you currently finish in your indoor kitchen, and plan space to complete them outdoors.

Choose Equipment

The next step is deciding on which equipment is needed for your outdoor kitchen. At minimum you need a grill, refrigerator, and sink. Choose the size of the grill ahead of time. Additionally, you may want to include side burners to at least keep food warm. Most likely a miniature fridge is sufficient because you can store food indoors – you simply need to keep some items cold while you're entertaining. For the sink, you'll definitely need one in the food preparation area. However, you may install one at a beverage station as well. Finally, consider specialty equipment such as a smoker or pizza oven. Now's the time to add them to your patio if that's your dream.

Plan the Flooring

Once you've decided on your space requirements, plan out your flooring. For a modern outdoor kitchen, the Concrete Network suggests slate or cast-concrete tiles. Concrete is an ideal material because of its durability. Plus, its adaptability makes concrete suitable for contemporary design. Plan a floor with a geometric design. For the texture, choose either a smooth finish or exposed aggregate.

Design the Countertop

The next big plan is for your countertop. The clean lines and geometric patterns characteristic of modern style should drive your countertop design as well. Concrete works well here, too, especially since it affords you so many design options. For example, you can still choose a smooth or exposed aggregate finish. Another option is having glass embedded in the concrete. This adds color and texture to your countertop. Yet another option is having fiber optic lighting cables embedded in the concrete. You can have the lights scattered for a starry effect or only peeking out of cutouts for a specific pattern. It's also possible to have a fire pit formed into the serving section of your countertop. This adds both warmth and illumination for chilly evenings.


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Those Cold, January Nights

When I was in college, I lived in an old house just south of the university campus with five other girls. When we came back from Christmas break, the heater was broken. The beginning of January was the coldest time of the year, and because it was the weekend, the heating company couldn't come fix it for a few days. My roommates and I pulled our mattresses into the front room and slept all together to keep warm. Two weeks later, our heater broke again! That time we ended up getting a completely new furnace. Needless to say, we got to be good friends with the heating contractor that month, and it was a good experience that led to the creation of this blog.