Things to Consider When Selecting Countertops for Your New Outdoor Kitchen

Posted March 16, 2023 in 3D Design, Attached Roof System, Blog, Covered Patio, Decks, Design/Build, Furniture, Garden, General, Outdoor Kitchen, Outdoor Living Room, Outdoor Technology, Patio and Walkway, Plant and Tree, Videos

There are several options for outdoor kitchen countertops — natural stone, concrete and tile are some of the most popular in the Lehigh Valley. But it could be hard to determine what works best for your budget. And often it’s impossible to decide what will look best without the right visual.

We know that there are many things to look for in an outdoor kitchen countertop. A hygienic surface, durability, and aesthetics are just a few. This guide will help you make the best decisions when it comes to choosing countertops for your new custom outdoor kitchen:

  • Determine how you will use your new outdoor kitchen 

Your new outdoor kitchen will be the central hub of your new custom outdoor living space, and your countertops will for sure get a ton of use. So, planning enough counter space for your new custom outdoor kitchen should be your top priority when designing your new outdoor kitchen layout.

When planning your new outdoor kitchen you will want your counter depth to be somewhere between 30-40 inches, depending on your feature’s custom design and size. This will allow you to have enough room to prepare food, display your favorite drink station at your first party, and make special sections for all the appetizers your friends will bring. Ideally, you’ll also want storage cabinets under the grill so you don’t have to waste time walking back and forth to the house grabbing plates, cooking utensils, spices, seasonings, dry food, or other common items needed when preparing meals outdoors.

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  • Carefully consider your material

When choosing a material for your outdoor kitchen countertops, your priority should be durability. Granite is typically the most popular choice for an outdoor kitchen because it is naturally UV resistant. But if your granite has been treated with color-enhancing resins BE CAREFUL! These resins could fade or pop with prolonged exposure to the sun.

Granite is affordable, durable, and a timeless natural stone to match the aesthetic of your new outdoor living space. This is the standard option we recommend to homeowners when investing in an outdoor kitchen for their family. Just make sure you are working with a partner that knows how to properly treat and maintain your new granite countertops so you don’t waste money on materials that don’t hold up well outdoors.

  • Monitor your budget throughout the build 

Your budget should factor into every decision you make when planning your new custom outdoor kitchen. But making decisions without knowing how material selections could affect your budget is hard. Since countertops can’t be eliminated when planning an outdoor kitchen, it’s essential to know how the countertop you want affects the price of your investment.

We know that the cost of building a new outdoor kitchen can easily spiral out of control without a Budget Study. That’s exactly why we want you to understand how much your investment will cost before you dive into any construction projects. This is why your custom full-color 3D design will include a detailed Budget Study that will provide a rough range of costs, laid out à la carte. This important tool helps you understand all of your investment options so that you can make the best decisions for your home and family.

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Whether it’s a simple in-ground pool or an elaborate outdoor design with a chef-caliber kitchen, multiple water features & fireplaces, and covered porch, we know the right plan will make your new outdoor living space the perfect place to create lifelong memories.  But, we get that you don’t want to work with a contractor who will waste your money. And you don’t have time to waste managing multiple crews, contracts, permit applications, and other essential details.  You are not alone!

Let us eliminate the stress and hassle when transforming your backyard into an outdoor living space in the Lehigh Valley. We have partnered with hundreds of homeowners like you to make your unique transformation journey stress-free. Our award-winning design/build process will ensure you never need to communicate with your HOA and township or deal with the hassle of obtaining building permits, engineering, scheduling, or inspections. We will handle all the heavy lifting when it comes to designing & building your new outdoor living space so you can enjoy watching it come to life and feel completely confident you will be proud of your investment.

Here’s how to do it:

Call: Schedule your meeting!

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Construction: With an approved design, construction starts!

Celebrate: Raise a toast to your transformed home and the new life that comes from it!


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