Outdoor kitchen construction: what to expect

Outdoor kitchen construction: what to expect
Dec 16, 2019

Outdoor kitchens are wonderful additions to your backyard landscape. They provide added space for preparing meals and entertaining guests, they can add a new visual appeal, and many outdoor kitchens go hand in hand with accompanying hardscapes such as patiosfire pits, or pool areas.

Keep in mind, however, that not all outdoor kitchens are created equal and the construction involved certainly varies. For example, material selection is critical to ensure it can hold up to extreme temperature changes at your Rock Valley, Iowa home, as well as other harsh weather elements including hail, wind storms, and potential flooding. Typical material options are brick, concrete block, stainless steel, wood, or stone; all of which come with their own variety of construction demands.

Whichever option you choose, it is a sound strategy to enlist the help of an experienced professional to make sure your project is safe, durable, and functional for the long term. Here, then are some popular outdoor kitchen choices and what to expect:

Brick or concrete block

Two of the most common material options for outdoor kitchen design are brick and concrete block, both of which require a solid and level slab. Keep in mind that these are permanent options so be sure you choose the best location; once it’s in there, it’s in for the duration. Remember as well that it will likely take many weeks, or even months, to complete a functioning outdoor kitchen space and the heave construction puts a beating on your yard.

Wood-framed base

Similar to concrete and brick, wood-fame kitchen design allows a certain degree of customization to accommodate any size or shape, and to fit in a variety of appliances like grills, refrigerators, and sinks. This type of design requires decorative panels of stone, stucco or tile and the wood base is usually pressure-treated pine to hold up to the heat from a grill or stove. Cement backer boards are highly recommended to protect against fire but safety is always a concern. Wood frame designs take a long time to build and another downside is water can seep into the frame and lead to stains or rotting.

Stainless steel

If you’re looking for a contemporary look for your Sioux Center, Iowa outdoor kitchen, stainless steel might be your go-to choice. This option offers a wide range of layouts from traditional galley or L-shape to an elaborate U-shape with an island and adjacent sitting areas. Stainless steel kitchen layouts are typically very conducive to an array of appliances and their non-combustible construction is an attractive selling point.

Stainless steel counters are easily installed on an existing patio, deck, or even rooftop and best of all, installation is quick; often just one afternoon is needed. There are also lots of color options and door styles to satisfy the most discerning (or indecisive) personalities. Some colors can be powder coated onto the steel to add to its lifespan and reduce maintenance.

For more information on what to expect with outdoor kitchen construction, contact Outdoor Elements at (712) 476-5299 or outdoorelements.com.