Balancing Style and Long-lasting When Choosing Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets
Outdoor Kitchen Design Advice
Outdoor cabinets can be an exciting kitchen design element and major focal point that can define your entire outdoor space. Manufacturers today are creating cabinets from a variety of durable materials that can stand up to the extremes of Dallas weather.
Whether your taste runs to organic, rustic look of traditional teak wood cabinets or the sophisticated and durable charm of powder-coated stainless steel, choosing your cabinets gets you one step closer to creating your own private sanctuary.
Outdoor cabinetry is available in a wide variety of styles and materials that provide protection against the elements. Here are some of the most beautiful and functional choices to complete your outdoor kitchen design.
Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets: Materials
Today, you have some great choices when it comes to durable, beautiful materials for outdoor kitchen use. Here are a few of the most popular choices for homeowners and designers.
Stainless steel has risen in popularity with homeowners and designers seeking to upgrade their outdoor kitchen cabinetry and appliances. Besides the high-end look stainless cabinets are easier to clean and maintain. They also make creating a cohesive design with a luxurious look coordinating appliances and accessories.
There are a few drawbacks, however. As with indoor kitchens, stainless steel may be pricier than other options. Stainless steel cabinets can also become hot when in direct sunlight and without a powder coat finish stainless can show fingerprints, oils and the effects of weather.
Although not quite as durable as some other materials, certain types of wood lend themselves to outdoor use like marine-grade teak, cypress, and bamboo. If your kitchen is covered, and you properly maintain wood cabinets they can give you many years of service.
Another benefit is the ease of incorporating them into your design. They can be stained and finished to suit any design style and outdoor wooden cabinetry can be seamlessly coordinated with other adjacent structures like a built-in pergola, stained deck, siding or other wooden structures.
The downside to wood is that it needs regular maintenance and is still prone to fading over time. Dependent upon the species used, some wood can break down over time and experience warping, cracking or swelling. Most high-quality wood cabinets like teak can be an expensive option.
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Polymer Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets
If you’re worried about the extreme Dallas weather wreaking havoc on your outdoor cabinetry consider installing polymer cabinets. High-density polyethylene or HDPE is an extremely durable material. It’s available in a range of colors and this extremely tough plastic-like substance generally includes UV inhibitors to protect against fading. It’s extremely easy to maintain and while it’s affordable there are some drawbacks.
Depending on the manufacturer, brand, and style, polymer cabinets may not offer the same luxurious look and feel as other materials. Unless it’s specified as “eco-friendly” if you’re concerned with the environment and seeking “green” products, polymer cabinets may contain petrochemicals. The polymer can also warp over time losing their shape and causing issues with the doors.
Some Final Thoughts On Outdoor Kitchen Design
When planning your outdoor kitchen make sure to take careful measurements to ensure that everything fits together seamlessly and compliments your existing exterior decor. Choose appliances carefully and in advance. It’s important to have your appliance selection in place when measuring and ordering cabinets as they will be housed inside built-ins and each component will have to fit according to the items specifications.
Whatever material you choose, be aware that your cabinets don’t necessarily have to be fixed in place. Consider an outdoor island on casters for plenty of movable storage.This will give you flexibility when entertaining and counter space where you need it.
Don’t skimp on storage outdoors. Consider the items you’ll store and plan accordingly. Deep cabinets are great for that portable margarita maker. Mix it up and include some large and small cabinets in your outdoor kitchen design. Cabinet space above and below can be helpful. If you have an exterior wall in your kitchen space, cabinets can add a wonderful visual element to your entertaining space.
Your design-build remodeling contractor can help you to understand your options and provide you with samples. The time to start designing your outdoor kitchen for the coming warm weather is right now!
If you’re considering creating an outdoor entertainment space, give the experts at Joseph & Berry a call. We can help you create the perfect outdoor entertaining space.