Here in Florida, outdoor kitchens are ideal because they can be used all year round. We have plenty of gorgeous days where you can take advantage of the sunshine by cooking, eating, and entertaining outdoors. Imagine summer evenings with the family or fall barbecues with friends in your outdoor kitchen and dining space.
When you think about what you want in an outdoor kitchen, you first need to make a list of how you want it to function and what kind of cooking you tend to do. Maybe you love to grill and smoke meats. If this is the case, you’ll want to work your kitchen around the grill and the smoker. A place for storing wood, pellets, or charcoal along with grilling tools would be ideal. If grilling or smoking isn’t your thing, a large griddle and some extra burners for frying, sauteing, and stewing may be up your alley. You will want plenty of drawers and cabinets for organizing and storing utensils and tools. Keep in mind that cabinets need to be treated against moisture or they must be a material that is waterproof, such as stainless steel or polymer (high-density Polyethylene or HDPE).
When it comes to outdoor kitchens, you have many countertop options to choose from. Concrete countertops are gaining in popularity but can crack easily if not installed correctly. Porous materials like marble aren’t a great option because they won’t stand up to the elements. Granite is an excellent choice because it is durable and non-porous when properly sealed. At The Gallery of Stone, we manufacture granite in a myriad of colors and patterns, so you have many options to choose from.
No matter what you choose, you’ll want to make sure you protect your outdoor kitchen from the elements. Be sure to cover it properly. A pavilion or canopy can help protect it from rain and intense sunlight. Call us today to see how we can help you make your outdoor kitchen dreams a reality!