Outdoor Kitchen Tips

outdoor kitchen tips

An outdoor kitchen is one of the coolest things to have outside your home, especially during the summer. It’s the perfect compliment to a pool and it makes grilling manly steaks, burgers and hot dogs that much better. For those that have an outdoor kitchen already, I’ll be talking about some tips to sprucing up your outdoor kitchen.

Almost anything that can be added to an indoor kitchen can be added to an outdoor kitchen. Anything from a refrigerator, to cabinets, to grills and sinks can be added; however, there must be something done to all of these additions: they must be made waterproof! Concerning the grill, you can have one custom made or you can pick out an already-made BBQ grill for a fairly reasonable price. Throw in some skewers and you’re all set.

When you’re thinking about flooring options for an outdoor kitchen area, you need to pick an option that isn’t too slick so stay away from marble and tile floors for the outdoor kitchen area. You will also need to add storage areas and cabinet space, as well as counter top space. The most popular choices for the counter tops are either stone or brick counter tops. All the storage areas need to be waterproof so they can hold up in bad weather conditions. The best choice for storage space is stainless steel, since wood will rot. You may also purchase and overhead covering for your grill to make the grilling easier. For your sink, the best choices are stainless steel or ceramic and your home water supply can be connected to the outdoor sink or done so with a hose.

Caring For Wooden Floors

wooden floors

Your wooden floors should be taken care of with as much thought as your carpets, even though it seems that it’s easier to maintain. Taking care of your floors will help you save time and energy in the long run, as well as keep some cash in your pocket.

On wooden floors, you should use several coats of oil-based paint to keep it protected. The choice of the paint is important; you should pick a paint that is made for outdoor use, the type you use on decks and porches. This will help your floors be resilient to random liquid spills and the traffic of everyday steps. It will also keep your floors looking better for a longer period of time.

Also remember to choose wisely on what to seal your wooden floors with. There are many types of sealers from varnish, shellac, lacquer to polyurethane. Polyurethane is the option out of the bunch that requires no further treatment. Keep in mind that the best way to clean wooden floors is to first vacuum the floor and then apply wood-floor cleaner with a dry wax applicator. Remember to keep in mind what type of wooden floor you have, in order to choose the best liquid cleaners to use. After leaving it for a few minutes, wipe away the leftovers. After the floor is dry, you can buff it with a floor polisher. Of course, if you don’t want to do this yourself, you can always hire professional cleaners.

If you have the money, try to purchase genuine wooden floors instead of the alternative laminated floors. Even if they hold a nice appearance, are very similar to timber, and might be easier to clean, they cannot be refinished. Down the road, the laminated floor will have to be replaced because it can’t be refinished.