Choosing Durable Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets For Dallas Weather

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.

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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.

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Stainless Steel

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.

Wood

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.

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Tips on Creating An Outdoor Kitchen Design For Your Dallas Home

A modern outdoor kitchen can be so much more than just a barbecue and a cooler. While most still feature the grill as the main focal point, a truly functional outdoor kitchen is an extension of your living space. It can have the same conveniences as your indoor kitchen, with even more functionality! Custom outdoor kitchens today can include brick pizza ovens, wet bars, fire or water features, side burners, smokers, warming drawers and even roasting spits.

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Advances in manufacturing elements like cabinets, refrigerators, warming drawers and more have made creating the outdoor kitchen even more exciting. Whatever your creative vision, with a little planning and research you can create a fabulous outdoor entertaining space that is the perfect environment for entertaining family and friends.

When planning your outdoor kitchen you’ll need to consider some important factors. Your space will not only need to be functional, you’ll need to consider location, and delineate entertaining, living and cooking areas.

To that end, here are some tips for designing your perfect outdoor kitchen and entertaining space.

Outdoor Kitchen Planning: Start at the Beginning!

While having a good idea of your end goal is important, the process starts with planning. Spend some time hanging out in your backyard and observe your surroundings. It might seem obvious, but walking around your space and asking some questions is the first step. Ask yourself:

  • How much space do you really have to work with?
  • Is there a pool or other existing structure you’ll need to work around?
  • Do you have easy access to power, or will you need to rewire the area?
  • Do you have structures already in place like decks, patios, gardens, etc?

Open your eyes to your space like you are looking at it for the first time. Gaining perspective can inspire you to do something new and exciting! Look for large shade trees, consider the amount of sun you get. Do you need a covered area? Think about colors and materials that would work with your home and existing landscape.

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Consider Location

After looking around, and determining if there are any space restrictions, consider how far you want your outdoor kitchen to be from the main house. Does your home have a “natural” place to locate your outdoor space? For example, are there French doors leading from the living room out to a patio or deck? If you’re planning on having the cooking space close to the doorway, you’ll need to consider ventilation options. If there a little room between the cooking area and the house, it will be easier to add features like a smoker, or wood burning cooking stove. However, you’ll need to consider other infrastructure like electrical and plumbing issues if you’re including a wet bar.

Try to strike a balance of distance for the best of both worlds. This can also help you determine what amenities are necessary. If the cooking area is close enough to the house, you might not need to include a refrigerator or outdoor sink. This can free up money to splurge elsewhere and it can also make potential issues like plumbing less of a problem.

Consider Space Needs

Is your outdoor space going to be used to host large gatherings of family and friends, or smaller more intimate dinners? If you have a smaller space, you’ll want to focus on making it an intimate family area for relaxing where you can feel close. If you have a large space, but still want a cozy feel, consider making the cooking area smaller and creating a larger lounging area with a fireplace, or water feature.

Whatever your entertaining needs, always make sure to plan for sufficient space to place cooked food, and a large prep area. Think about what your indoor kitchen may be missing. This is the time to add those amenities you lack to your outdoor space. This can also play a role in determining the size of your area.

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Think About The View

If your backyard space has a natural view, consider it when designing your space. If not, consider ways you can add character to the area, for example planting a butterfly garden to give your summertime guests a beautiful outdoor experience watching nature. Adding a water feature can create soothing natural sounds your guests can enjoy while dining.

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Consider Your Materials Carefully

While stainless steel appliances are fairly standard, easy to clean and durable, countertops, surrounds, and cabinet materials should be carefully considered. It’s important to avoid porous surfaces or be prepared to periodically seal and maintain them. Granite or natural stone offers a beautiful classic look but you need to make sure that any slabs you choose are UV-stabilized.

Flooring is another area to carefully consider. While natural wood or brick can offer a stunning look, spills can be problematic unless several coats of sealer are applied. Flooring will be subject to not only spills and splatters, but to the elements as well. Consider putting down inexpensive, easy to replace outdoor rugs in areas that a splash prone. It can not only protect flooring, it can add an exciting design element to an otherwise rustic space.

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Let yourself go when planning your space. The design possibilities are practically endless but don’t rush in and box yourself into a design. One of the best benefits of adding an outdoor living space is having the ability to let it evolve over time. Take the changes in seasons into account, speak with your guests and family about future features.

With proper planning, your outdoor entertaining space can evolve over time. Start with a fabulous outdoor kitchen, then add a fire feature like a large free-standing fireplace and seating for those wonderful fall evenings. Or a gazebo with a cedar hot tub. You’re only limited by your space, creative vision and budget. Dream big!

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Spring let’s talk OUTDOOR LIVING!R LIVING!  Attention Dallas, Tx homeowners!It is THE perfect time to prepare your outdoor for the summer when family and friends gathering will start to be much more frequently! Check our Pro’s tips for the ultimate Dallas outdoor living space:

(BTW – Did we mention we won Dallas Best Contractor of the Year 2017 for one of our outdoor kitchen & bar? 🙂 SO! Spring is here, let’s talk about OUTDOOR LIVING!

PIZZA LOVERS!

Let’s say the truth, we LOVE to eat and the grill is usually the best reason to spend time outside so the first thing we’ll spend our money on we’ll probably be new kitchen gadgets! Take an extra look on a pizza oven and a smoker. It’ll not only impress your friends, it is life changing! Promise.

CONSIDER STAINLESS STEEL IN YOUR OUTDOOR LIVING

We strongly suggest to have a stainless sink for your Dallas, Tx outdoor kitchen or bar. It’s easy to maintain and highly durable facing the sun and extreme weather change. You can even style up your backyard and collaborate stainless cabinetry in your entire outdoor living.

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COOL OFF YOUR BACKYARD

Summertime in Texas can be a little harsh. No matter if you live in Southlake, North Dallas or Park cities, we suggest that you’d try the misting system in your backyard, It can help air to cool down up to 30 degrees! And when the day reaches the 100’s – we NEED it! too much of an effort for you? We suggest adding as much as shading as you can. You can have huge patio umbrellas or build a well isolated patio with water fans on ceiling. If you are looking to cool your backyard the botanical way, we’d defiantly suggest planting plants that keep the air cool like Aloe Vera & Fern.

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SET UP THE RIGHT ENVIRONMENT

Don’t forget to accommodate proper lighting for after-dark-cooking in your outdoor kitchen and living space. It can create and define your space; romantic, vocational or masculine. You will also want to incorporate music in your outdoor bar or a TV so you can watch the Maverick’s game while you are relaxing in your pool.

SAVE ON CHEMICALS

Your Dallas, Tx home has a pool? You can save some money by using baking soda as part of your cleaning and maintenance routine. sodium bicarbonate helps control alkalinity levels of water without drastically reducing the PH levels. You can find Sodium bicarbonate in regular baking soda – just visit your nearby grocery store instead of the regular pool (and more expensive) stores.

HERBS & VEGETABLES BACKYARD GARDEN

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Create your own little herb or vegetable garden. It is a great activity for your grandkids and kids, the ultimate way to spice up your foods and salads and the chic way to color up your Dallas outdoor living space. BTW Basil is easy to grow and it adds so much flavor to food!

Bonus: Easy Mojito Ever! (We promised to share it with our Plano ,Tx neighbors!)

  1. In a smallish Collins glass, muddle lime juice with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon superfine sugar.
  2. Add the few mint leaves, mashing them against the side of the glass.
  3. Fill glass 2/3 with cracked ice and pour in the rum.

      TA DA!

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