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How to Design an Outdoor Kitchen

One of the more popular installations in the winter months are outdoor kitchens. With their open atmosphere, usefulness, and entertainment aspects, they’re a sure-fire hit for any home. But one question we often get asked is what is the best way to design an outdoor kitchen. Well, it doesn’t come easy! But with the experts at Four Seasons, we can help your patio area become the life of the party with a stylish outdoor kitchen.

Fundamentals of Designing an Outdoor Kitchen

The first thing you have to decide for your outdoor kitchen is what material you want it to be made out of. Four Seasons offers three main materials for outdoor kitchens:

  • Stainless Steel – Steel is a professional restaurant-quality kitchen material that is sanitary and very structurally sound. Steel won’t melt or discolor when touched with an extremely hot dish or pan right off the grill—and it’s also far less susceptible to water damage. However, stainless steel gets very hot while in direct sunlight because of its high level of heat conduction.
  • Concrete – Like steel, concrete outdoor kitchens are less susceptible to rain and moisture. They are also very easy to clean. However, concrete is more porous than steel and other materials, which means it needs to be occasionally sealed and waxed in order to keep moisture out.
  • Granite – Granite is much less porous of a material than concrete, meaning it requires less maintenance in the long run. While it is very scratch-resistant, some of the lighter shades can stain. Granite countertops do look great with a stone-sided base and are a perfect match for most patios!

From there, you need to decide what you want to install in your outdoor kitchen. Along with the basics—counter space, an oven and stove, a sink—Four Seasons is fully prepared to add additional features like:

  • A brick pizza oven
  • An outdoor fireplace
  • Refrigerator
  • And more!

Whatever you’re envisioning for your outdoor kitchen, Four Seasons can help you make it a reality. Contact us today to learn more about our outdoor kitchen services in Rockville, Bethesda, Gaithersburg, Potomac, Olney, and the surrounding areas in Montgomery County, Maryland!

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