Kitchens and BBQs
outdoor kitchen: IT'S BECOMING THE "IN"
The Cooking Grill
|Many home owners are
including an 'Exterior Kitchen' in their building and/or backyard renovation plans. In the process,
homeowners are creating an outdoor 'great room' with areas for relaxation,
entertainment, recreation, cooking and dining.
Much more than just a cooking
grill, a backyard kitchen can offer most of the conveniences and appliances
that are found in an indoor kitchen.
Not only does an outdoor kitchen have a
trendy look, but it also has a practical side. If you've ever run back and
forth between the grill and your indoor kitchen, you can imagine how
convenient it would be to have everything that you need to grill and serve a
meal right at your fingertips.
Decisions--The Starting Point:
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What goes into a backyard kitchen
depends on your budget and space constraints. Before you start the design
process, ask yourself a few questions:
How do you plan to use the outdoor
kitchen? ----------------Strictly for making dinner or for full-scale
Do you entertain large groups?------
or------- host more intimate gatherings?
What foods do you usually cook on
your existing grill?
Would you try grilling other foods or
using other grilling techniques if your grill allowed you to experiment?
Based on your area's climate, how
many months of use can you expect?
With these thoughts in mind, you can
start planning your outdoor kitchen design. Some grill and grilling island
manufacturers offer design plans, or you may work with Tile
Artistry to come up
with something that best fits your needs. Magazines, barbecue, pool and patio
retailers and home centers are other great sources for collecting layout
The cooking grill is at the center of
the outdoor kitchen. Today's high-end grills are typically complex units with
a host of well-engineered features to make cooking on them as consistent and
convenient as cooking on an indoor range or in an oven.
grilling surfaces offer tremendous cooking capabilities and multi-zoned
burners that allow the simultaneous cooking of foods at different
temperatures. Other features to look for include grilling grids that can be
set at different heights from the heat source, built-in wood chip trays to
provide more authentic smoky barbecued flavor and heavy-duty motorized
rotisseries for hands-free grilling of whole chickens, turkeys or roasts.
Convenient side-burners positioned next to
the grilling grid enable you to heat sauces, boil corn or sauté onions to
complement your steak. The newest grills have the added ability to switch between
gas and charcoal-style cooking.
Choices----- Custom-Built, Semi-Custom or Prefab (top
Next, you need to decide if you want
your grill to be freestanding or built into an island. Grilling islands are
most popular for outdoor kitchens because they provide a custom upscale look
and offer the most flexibility.
Similar to indoor kitchen islands, the grill
is installed within cabinetry or masonry that does double duty as a work
surface for preparing the meal and a buffet area for serving it.
islands come in two forms:
installed custom-built masonry islands (A Tile
- Semi-custom prefabricated
design and fabricate a permanent masonry kitchen islands totally
customized to meet your needs. They afford the most flexibility in terms
of design and materials. You can use the same stone or brick as your patio or
house exterior for the island base, or you can exactly match the island's
countertop with your pool tiles.
while custom masonry islands are pricier and require more legwork in terms of
design and coordination Tile
the expertise and experience to handle all aspects of a project of this type.
This investment will add tremendous value to your home.
prefabricated grilling islands are becoming an increasingly popular option. Tile
works with the
homeowner to select from a variety of configurations and exterior finishes.
After a customer has decided upon dimensions for the grill as well as for
other built-in appliances, the island is manufactured off-site according to
the customer's specifications and delivered in two to three weeks, ready for
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