Outdoor Kitchen Design Hardscaping with Concrete Patio Pavers
Outdoor Kitchens Built With Concrete Patio Pavers
An outdoor kitchen is an excellent addition to your outdoor living space that can be the perfect place to spend those warm summer nights with family and friends relaxing and enjoying great food and conversation.In the California Bay area, a well designed outdoor kitchen can help you enjoy preparing meals al fresco practically all year long!
At its best, your outdoor kitchen should be as beautiful and functional as your indoor kitchen. Whether you choose to create a simple kitchen with a dining area and a grill, or an elaborate fully fitted outdoor kitchen with built-in appliances, counter space for food prep, a smoker or even a wood burning pizza oven, and relaxing seating, it's really up to your creative vision and budget.
Working with a professional can help you to create the ideal design based on your needs and existing landscaping, as well as choosing the proper materials and ensuring the highest quality construction. Here are some tips to get you thinking about your kitchen project.
Start with a Good Outdoor Kitchen Design: Work From the Ground Up
Before you begin, you'll need to design a floor plan. Think about your flooring. It's the foundation on which the rest of your kitchen will rest. It's also a major element in the aesthetics of your design. An excellent flooring option is concrete pavers. They're available in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, textures, and colors. They are a durable material that can take the weight of any hardscaping, like grill surrounds, countertops and islands.
Remember, you're building outside so you want a material that can stand up to the rainy, Bay area weather and offers a non-slip safe surface to walk on and work on. Concrete pavers can take plenty of traffic and stand up to everyday use. It's a material that will stand up to grease spills and dropped foods, and if it is ever damaged, fixing the surface is as easy as popping out the damaged tile and replacing it with a new one.
Choose Your Location With Care
Consider any existing hardscaping when choosing the location for your outdoor kitchen. Think about how you'll use the space. You can purchase stakes and string and mark the area you're considering for your kitchen. This can help you to visualize the size of the space and can help you to determine how many features you can fit into the available space.
Take into consideration the placement of items like the grill so that smoke doesn't blow into your home. Will you need access to your indoor kitchen, or will you have the space for an outdoor refrigerator? Finally, consider the overall flow of your outdoor space and any future expansion, for example, adding a concrete paver and river stone walkway to an outdoor fireplace and seating area.
Also, take into account the infrastructure you'll need. For example, a wet sink can be a great amenity when it comes to time to clean up. You'll also want access to electricity for the margarita blender and outdoor lighting! The wiring and plumbing can be placed under concrete pavers. If there is ever a problem, you'll need to remove the pavers over the utilities, unlike a poured concrete patio which would require a jackhammer to access the lines.
Create Plenty of Workspace In Your Outdoor Kitchen
Like your indoor kitchen, you'll want plenty of workspace, counter space and storage to keep your kitchen clutter-free. Make sure the materials you choose are waterproof and can stand up to the weather year round. Consider materials like stainless steel and stone or concrete countertops. Concrete pavers are an excellent material for covering not only the floor but even the grill surround or counter. Creating a long curved countertop with seating is easy using the same pavers as the flooring or incorporating a complementary color or texture.
Concrete pavers are the perfect solution for your outdoor kitchen. They're a durable, beautiful and affordable way to create the perfect environment for enjoying your outdoor space with family and friends.
If you're thinking about adding an outdoor kitchen to your home, give the experts at Bayside Pavers a call. We can help you design the perfect outdoor space to compliment your homes existing design.
In the East Bay Area stop by our location in Concord at 2455 Bates Ave, Ste K. If you are in the North Bay visit our location in Santa Rosa at 1619 4th Street Ste 12. We help homeowners create their outdoor dream space throughout the entire San Francisco Bay Area!