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Denver Natural Stone: Outdoor Kitchen Countertop Considerations


October 14, 2020

There’s something about cooking outdoors over an open flame which just makes any food taste so much better. Whether you’re preparing a couple of steaks, hamburgers and hot dogs, or just grilling up some veggies, it seems the natural flavors become more vibrant when prepared outside of a traditional kitchen. Given this opinion, a rise in outdoor cooking spaces has become a steady consideration as either an extremely worthwhile addition or original part of the design when laying out plans for a new home construction.

However, just like its indoor counterpart, kitchen renovations and construction consist of many different factors which must be pre-determined in order to fit together cohesively. Understanding that the layout of appliances, sink, and cooking areas, in addition to meal prep space is extremely important for building a space that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional. For outdoor areas, there are even a few more important factors to consider prior to beginning construction of your new entertaining and cooking area.

Material

Selecting a countertop material for outdoor use requires a little more planning as the surfaces will be subject to differing weather elements, but natural stone and tile both have plenty of favorable options. Granite rose in popularity for indoor use due to its versatility and wide array of color options, along with an ability to deliver a bit of the outdoors within the walls of a home. Outside, it only makes sense it would be given the same consideration and is a front-runner for homeowners wanting to add an outdoor kitchen and entertainment area to their existing floor plan.

Color


Unlike the controlled environment of an indoor kitchen countertop surface, weather elements could play a factor in exactly what color should be selected for an outdoor counterpart. Depending on the sun exposure of your new addition, selecting a lighter color could be beneficial as darker tones will absorb heat and could make for an uncomfortable cooking area when in use. A good compromise is to consider an earth tone or grey which will not only reflect heat but also mask any build up of dirt and debris better than a lighter hue. 

Space/Location


The specific area you have in mind for an outdoor kitchen will also play into what type of countertop and flooring surface you select. For some, the entire area may be open-air but not entirely subject to direct sunlight or rain and snow, however, in other situations the space could be entirely open without any shade or covering. Depending on your home, these factors will also play into your construction material selection but also ensure you have enough area to create a functional space the same as you would indoors. If your outdoor kitchen isn’t functional, then it’s likely not going to receive enough use to warrant a complete makeover.

If ready to upgrade your existing outdoor space or create a new project entirely, then we’re here and ready to help move you forward. Our specially trained experts can assist in helping you select the best design and all appropriate materials. Natural Stone Sales has been serving the greater-Denver area for 15 years with a wide variety of differing available options for view in our showroom to help you get a better understanding of what any tile will look like by itself or in combination with your current bathroom or kitchen design.Come look and feel for yourself the wide variety of tile options available to choose from and determine with will fit exactly as desired. Our highly trained staff has been providing quality service and helping customers, completing installations, and even providing maintenance tips for many, many years. Contact us today at 303-777-7485 or visit the showroom and take a look for yourself.