Are You Adding An Outdoor Kitchen To Your Patio?

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Have you decided to use these cooler months to add an outdoor kitchen to your patio? Perhaps over the summer, you realized that you could utilize things like an outdoor grill and a refrigerator as you entertain guests and family members outside. Creating your outdoor kitchen during the off-season months will just mean that you'll be ready for outdoor entertaining when spring and summer of 2019 arrive. From selecting granite countertops to choosing your kitchen design, here are some ideas that might help you.

Countertops - Do you have granite countertops in your kitchen? If you do, then you more than likely have decided that you want them as part of your outdoor kitchen, too. If you haven't had granite countertops before, you more than likely have heard their praises from friends or family members who love using them. Besides being downright beautiful, granite countertops are easy to maintain, and they will last for a very long time.

Since you're working on an outdoor kitchen, another perk to having granite countertops is that they probably won't be hurt by any inclement weather. Consider using brick in your design that will complement the granite countertops. For example, if you have selected brown granite countertops, consider selecting light caramel for the brickwork. If you have selected black granite countertops, think about using grey brick for the accent work. 

Design - Traditionally, do you entertain large groups, or do you prefer to host more intimate events? If you are planning to entertain only a few people, consider buying a round table where you and your guests can face each other during meals, making for better conversation. If you usually host larger gatherings, consider having a long, wide table. By doing so, you can probably seat two people on both ends of the table. Instead of chairs, think of buying benches which might accommodate more people, even if sometimes your guests might have to scrunch up a bit.

Consider the rest of your outdoor kitchen design. For example, think of what you use in your regular kitchen, and duplicate it. You use a sink, a refrigerator, and a cooktop, right? Well, then you'll probably want a sink, at least a small refrigerator and a cooktop included in your patio design, too. Consider also having an enclosed shelf that has drawers as part of the design. That way you can store things like plates and flatware for outdoor use. 

Contact a company like Granite & Marble Depot today to learn more.