Now that spring and warmer weather are here, there is nothing better than spending time with family and friends outdoors.
An outdoor kitchen will always remain a top trend in backyard living. Not only does it create convenience with outdoor dining but it increases the value of your property. According to the National Association of Realtors, outdoor kitchens typically get a 71% return on investment for home improvements.
Just like a kitchen in your home, an outdoor kitchen takes time and consideration when planning out the design. You also have to take into account materials that are weatherproof. Most outdoor kitchens are constructed from concrete, brick, and/or stone. For cabinetry, stainless steel is a popular option or if you want wood then you should consider a material like teak.
For countertops, here is our list of the best material for outdoor kitchen living:
Granite continues to be the top choice for outdoor kitchen countertops. Since it is a natural stone, it is fade-resistant and can withstand the hot Georgia sun. It is also stain resistant as well. When choosing granite for your outdoor countertop, the choices are endless.
You can even opt for a leathered finish which is still considered durable. And it gives you more of an organic look. Some colors that we recommend for outdoor kitchens are Aspen White, Black Pearl, and Silver Falls.
Another durable countertop for the outdoors is soapstone. It is nonporous and will not stain. Also, like granite, it can handle extreme temperatures but the color will patina over time and it can scratch. But, many homeowners love this about soapstone.
In order to care for soapstone countertops, you need to clean them regularly and apply a mineral oil application to them so they can maintain their darker color.
Not to be confused with quartz, quartzite is one of the most durable natural stones out there. It is both fade and stain-resistant. It is also considered a luxury countertop and has a higher-end price tag.
Quartzite’s color typically ranges between white and gray with Taj Mahal being the most well-known and popular color choice. If you want a more transitional outdoor kitchen design, then quartzite is a great choice!