Get Stunning Stone Surfaces in Your Outdoor Kitchen

You can bring the luxury of natural and engineered stone outside! Too often, homeowners forget about the uses for stone surfaces throughout the home and think of it only for the kitchen and bathrooms. Outdoor living spaces are perfect for stone surfaces too. Typically, stone can be used for cooking areas, food preparation surfaces, bar, and dining spaces, and for outdoor fireplaces. Using natural or engineered stone is a great way to make your outdoor living spaces functional, unique, and inviting. It also helps to make your outdoor space feel like a continuation of your home’s interior.

Outdoor kitchens, in particular, have become a popular way of adding the indoor-outdoor feel to a home and are a common addition to new builds and renovations alike. Outdoor kitchens and luxury BBQ kitchenettes are becoming a central outdoor space for entertaining.

When it comes to outdoor countertops, a lot has changed over the years. With the increasing popularity of outdoor living spaces, people have become more invested in quality, aesthetics, and functionality. As much as you want the space to look amazing it’s important to remember that the area is usually exposed to the elements, so choosing a durable and suitable stone for outdoors is crucial. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Natural stone isn’t your only option: Unlike in the early days when granite and marble were the ideal options for outdoor spaces, you can now go with engineered stone. Engineered stone, like Caesarstone quartz and Dekton, have become more reliable, more durable, and aesthetically more desirable – replicating the look of natural stone.
  • Choose a countertop that can hold up to exterior conditions: From hot, harmful UV rays, to rain, wind, and extreme temperatures, your outdoor countertops need to be able to handle it all. Be certain the product you’re selecting is not only durable but is actually compatible with exterior use.
  • Ease of maintenance: With the expected wear and tear from being outdoors, getting countertops that are easy to keep clean and maintain is also important. A surface that requires simple care with just soap and water, not sealing, is ideal. You should also look for a surface that is scratch and stain resistant for long-lasting quality.
  • Non-porous nature: No matter how much care is taken, kitchen spaces are prone to food, wine, coffee, juice, and other stains. Choosing a non-porous outdoor kitchen countertop ensures durability and ease of cleaning. The non-porous nature also makes the kitchen area more hygienic since the material does not harbor viruses or bacteria.

At the end of the day to make the best decision for your outdoor kitchen, consider your personal design preferences, budget, your region’s climate, and the amount of maintenance you’re willing to put up with. At Elegant Fittings, we can help you make the best decision for your individual needs. Come by our showroom – located on Woodvale Lane, Runda, behind Ciata City Mall along Kiambu Road – to view our extensive selection of natural and engineered stones and get your outdoor kitchen project started!