Part I: Backyard Design
At this point in your outdoor kitchen design process, you already know approximately how large you would like the space to be and what your outdoor kitchen needs are. What you may, or may not, have thought about are the stylistic elements for this space. K&N can help you take a functional outdoor kitchen to the next level. Outdoor Cabinetry OptionsÂ Stainless steel cabinets are often the first choice for outdoor cabinetry because they match typical appliances and they are water resistant. They are also easy upkeep as stainless steel stands up to corrosion and is among the most durable type of cabinetry. One thing to consider when investing in stainless steel cabinetry is that exposure to high temperatures will cause the surface to get very hot so you should be cautious when cooking in the Houston heat. Marine-grade polymer is another popular outdoor kitchen cabinetry choice as it is water and UV resistant. The wonderful thing about this cabinetry option is that it holds up to the elements and can be cleaned quickly with your water hose. There are several color options for this cabinetry as well, so customization is no problem. Lastly, polymer solid wood doors like teak, bamboo, or cypress are great wood options for your outdoor kitchen. Since they are wood, they are not as durable as stainless steel. Using wood for an outdoor kitchen can be expensive as it is harder to maintain, but is a beautiful option nonetheless. LightingÂ Lighting in your outdoor kitchen space can be a bit tricky with the Houston heat, humidity, and bugs. Halogen lighting is among some of the best due to its ability to withstand heat and humidity. If you plan on having a ceiling over your outdoor kitchen, we suggest a ceiling fan with your lighting to keep temperatures cool while cooking but to also deter mosquitoes and other bugs from getting in your cooking space. Keeping your outdoor kitchen bright extends beyond overhead fixtures. Pathway lighting is important as it will help guide you and your guests along. Appliance lighting is also an important feature as it will help making cooking at night a breeze. Wolf grills come with LED lighting inside the grill, as well as light up knobs to help making nighttime grilling a breeze. Custom cabinetry and lighting are just two ways to add a touch of personal flair to your outdoor space. At K&N Sales, we have an experienced design team eager to help you create your dream outdoor kitchen within your budget. Visit our showroom today to get started! And donâ€™t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Houzz!