Outdoor Kitchens & Tile

Posted on Apr 26, 2014
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Imagine it: An extra space in your home where you can entertain guests or simply relax and read a book. No need for expensive renovations or remodeling. Think it is too good to be true? Think again!

The design shows often talk about maximizing space by creating outdoor rooms. Look around the perimeter of your home and see if you have a space that you can turn into an outdoor kitchen. It’s a relatively easy project that won’t break the bank. If you are handy, you may even be able to do this project yourself.

Desert Amarillo Granite Slab

Imagine creating a space that you can enjoy even if it is raining or the sun is blistering. An outdoor space with a roof is ideal if you want to extend the use. It sounds kind of dreamy to imagine sipping on an iced tea on a hot sunny day as you relax in the cool shade of your outdoor living room. Or imagine grilling outdoors even in the rain because your outdoor kitchen protects the area where the chef stands.

Outdoor Living Considerations

First, think about what you would like to include in your space? Do you simply want to have an island with a grill built in and some counter space? Or do you also want to have an outdoor fridge to keep drinks cool? Check your local appliance retailer or home improvement store for appliances specifically made for outdoor use.

Next up you will need to choose durable tile for the counter. Natural stone is a “no brainer” when it comes to outdoor kitchens because you know it will stand up to the elements like heat and rain. But your options are not that limited anymore. Tiles made from glass and porcelain are durable, heat and water-resistant. They also come in tons of looks to make your outdoor room shine!

These days you can build a deck from our Club Series Porcelain tile and it will have the look of aged wood minus the nasty splinters you get when you walk on it barefoot. Just think of how cool that will feel in the heat of August.

Club Tobacco Porcelain Tile

Get started pairing a variety of Natural Stone Granite Slabs or Porcelain tiles in our Just Imagine™ Visualizer Tool. Post your ideas in the comments below!

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