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Outdoor Kitchen Countertops

Outdoor Kitchen Countertops Options Stone, concrete or tile? Get tips on how to find the right surface for your outdoor kitchen. Outdoor Kitchen Countertops What are the best outdoor kitchen countertop surfaces for your outdoor kitchen? HGTV.com explores the materials and costs behind the most popular materials. New Kitchen Countertops Discover your options for a new kitchen countertop, ranging from simple DIY options to those that require professional help. Outdoor Kitchen Island Options Get tips on finding an outdoor kitchen island that is exquisite and functional. Outdoor Kitchen Island with Concrete Countertop A sturdy cooking center turns a plain barbecue area into a stylish outdoor kitchen. DIY Kitchen Countertops Tap into your creative side with these tips for creating a do-it-youself kitchen countertop. Eco Countertops Sustainable surfaces can also be attractive, high-quality and easy on the budget. Express Yourself with Concrete Countertops For the homeowner in quest of an artistic, one-of-a-kind countertop that transcends the commonplace, concrete may be worth the price. Outdoor Kitchen Islands Outdoor kitchen islands create a useful and elegant place for food prep and backyard entertaining. Cheap Kitchen Countertops When budget is the first matter of consideration, it’s important to consider price, from cheap kitchen countertops to the most expensive options.
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Outdoor Kitchen Countertops

Next Up Outdoor Kitchen Countertops Options Stone, concrete or tile? Get tips on how to find the right surface for your outdoor kitchen. Outdoor Kitchen Countertops What are the best outdoor kitchen countertop surfaces for your outdoor kitchen? HGTV.com explores the materials and costs behind the most popular materials. New Kitchen Countertops Discover your options for a new kitchen countertop, ranging from simple DIY options to those that require professional help. Outdoor Kitchen Island Options Get tips on finding an outdoor kitchen island that is exquisite and functional. Outdoor Kitchen Island with Concrete Countertop A sturdy cooking center turns a plain barbecue area into a stylish outdoor kitchen. DIY Kitchen Countertops Tap into your creative side with these tips for creating a do-it-youself kitchen countertop. Eco Countertops Sustainable surfaces can also be attractive, high-quality and easy on the budget. Express Yourself with Concrete Countertops For the homeowner in quest of an artistic, one-of-a-kind countertop that transcends the commonplace, concrete may be worth the price. Outdoor Kitchen Islands Outdoor kitchen islands create a useful and elegant place for food prep and backyard entertaining. Cheap Kitchen Countertops When budget is the first matter of consideration, it’s important to consider price, from cheap kitchen countertops to the most expensive options.
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Outdoor Kitchen Countertops

Fabulous Flagstone Gray Crab Orchard flagstone extends from the fireplace and built-in seating to the outdoor kitchen countertops. The space is designed by King Landscaping of Atlanta. Transitional Topper Granite countertops, swooping to a high-top bar, provide a dark base that allows the mosaic tile to pop in this transitional outdoor kitchen by Ryan Hughes Design in Florida. Marbled Effect Classtone, a product by Neolith, is a ceramic slab that has the high-end look of marble. Into the Woods The large flagstone pieces used for the island have veins that resemble tree rings. This outdoor space is designed by Georgia firms MOSAIC Group and King Landscaping. South Beach Chic A swim-up granite bar is part of this contemporary outdoor kitchen by Ryan Hughes Design, based in Florida. Coastal Luxe For the grill area and island, granite countertops enhance the elegance of this coastal outdoor kitchen by Florida’s Ryan Hughes Design. Like a Rock Lava is the color of these outdoor kitchen countertops from Neolith’s Fusion Collection. The company uses technology to imprint the rock-like features on the surface. Cool Club Fed Granite countertops create a shiny setting for this Mediterranean-inspired outdoor kitchen by Ryan Hughes Design with stainless steel and wood elements. Outdoor Man Cave A curved granite bar and granite backsplash are paired with natural stone and travertine tile for this “man cave”-inspired outdoor kitchen by Ryan Hughes Design in Florida. Under Cover New Caledonia granite with gray and black tones covers an island and the grilling area for a kitchen on a covered porch. Atlanta’s MOSAIC Group is the designer. Compact Counter Space A stainless steel grill, burners and storage stands out among the light granite countertops for this outdoor kitchen by LanChester Grill & Hearth in Pennsylvania. Au Naturel Recycled granite finds a fresh new use in an outdoor kitchen created by Greenstone Products, a Georgia manufacturer of stone products. Industrial Aesthetic These countertops blend together the industrial look of worn iron, copper and steel. The countertops are part of Neolith’s Iron collection.
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Where you decide to place your outdoor kitchen depends upon several factors. Firstly, you’ll want to make sure that smoke from the grill doesn’t waft back into the home. So have a good idea of the general wind pattern in your yard and orient the grill appropriately. Secondly, if you frequently entertain, and don’t want to travel a long distance from the indoor kitchen to the outside, consider placing your grill and outdoor kitchen relatively near the entrance to the inside kitchen. Remember that outdoor cooking and entertaining frequently means carrying heavy platters from one place to another. Thirdly, if you want to maintain the view you currently have from inside the house to the outside, you’ll want to place the outdoor kitchen to the side or at an angle so that the view isn’t blocked. Lastly, consider the overall traffic flow of your yard and the safety of your family. A hot, outdoor grill shouldn’t be located right next to the area where the Frisbee is thrown around, or near where you ride bikes or play. Just like an indoor kitchen, the outdoor kitchen is full of hazards so place it accordingly. Good planning will help ensure that your outdoor kitchen is in the right location for your yard. Pro tip: If you are considering doing a lot of landscaping changes to your yard such as adding retaining walls or a swimming pool, include the outdoor kitchen as part of the overall design. A professional outdoor kitchen designer will not only design the right kitchen for you, they can offer valuable advice about the ideal location of the kitchen and how it will work with the other elements of the yard.
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Your outdoor kitchen serves as a place to enjoy cooking and eating food while entertaining family and guests. It’s an opportunity to enjoy the outdoor weather while having the comforts of your indoor space. Make sure you incorporate features that really make this space the center of your summer. Chairs, tables and decorative objects can complete the look, as will specialty lighting. When it comes to furniture, choose durable pieces with comfortable outdoor cushions. Select the largest table you can for the space so you can use it as a buffet as well as a dining table. Chairs that stack can help save space when it comes time to winterizing the patio. A small fountain or pond can also lend a relaxing ambiance to your outdoor kitchen. Some outdoor kitchens are being fitted with television sets, truly making the outdoor kitchen both the place to cook, eat, relax and entertain. Be sure it’s properly installed out of the elements and away from heat.  Pro tip: If you have a smaller backyard don’t overdo it with an extravagant full outdoor kitchen. Sometimes less can be more. An alternative option is to build a BBQ island, which has all of the essentials from a grill to countertops and is a better fit for a smaller space and budget.
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Just like your indoor kitchen, you will need places to put items on and plenty of storage. The difference is they must all be waterproof and durable to temperature changes. Countertops and cabinets are designed to provide space and keep away clutter. For a customized look, coordinate your flooring, countertops and cabinets, just like you would with your indoor kitchen. One option is to have stone and steel counters and cabinets; this provides a sleek and modern look as seen in the picture above. Keep in mind how much storage you will need for your kitchen. Will you be using this kitchen only in the summer months or year round? Are you planning on hosting dozens of guests in your outdoor entertainment space? Visualizing how your outdoor kitchen will be used once it’s complete will help with your decision-making process. Pro tip: Countertops combining stone and stainless steel give a contemporary look that is both stylish and functional. Choosing easy to clean and waterproof counters and cabinets will be beneficial in the long run. Concrete counters are resilient, smooth and easy to maintain.

The best outdoor kitchens are as functional as an indoor kitchen, as welcoming as a living room, and as entertaining as a family room. An outdoor kitchen can be as simple as a grill, table and chairs, or as elaborate as a fully outfitted kitchen complete with built-in appliances and seating. Although a simple and straightforward outdoor kitchen can be set up by a homeowner, designing a generous and powerful outdoor kitchen is best left to a professional like a concrete contractor, patio contractor or landscape designer. With so many different types of outdoor kitchens, designing the best kitchen for your family takes time to plan and may require permitting from the city. Regardless of whether you hire a pro or not, here are some expert tips to get your outdoor kitchen planning started.

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