Whether you’re more likely to host a classic garden party or an informal barbecue, alfresco entertaining is a summertime tradition. And when an outdoor kitchen is part of your landscape design, you can participate fully in every fete because everything you need to refresh your guests is within arms reach.
Worried about what it takes to build an outdoor kitchen, however? Not to worry, because this can be the year you have as much fun as your guests thanks to modular outdoor kitchen building blocks, which makes it easy to install a custom outdoor kitchen.
Building a traditional open-air kitchen can take time because conventional concrete masonry units take three or four days to install, whereas building blocks - which are crafted from durable glass-fiber reinforced concrete - can be assembled in a matter of hours on any solid flooring surface without concrete footings or rebar. And building blocks can be installed in a near limitless variety of combinations to create straight, L-shaped, or U-shaped outdoor kitchens of any size.
That means the outdoor kitchen of your dreams is within reach, right now. Working with building blocks is both a time saver and a money saver, though the end result feels luxurious and puts everything you need to host an amazing outdoor gathering right there at your fingertips.
Why should you consider crafting your perfect outdoor kitchen with building blocks?
Here are five reasons homeowners choose building blocks over masonry builds:
1. More Time for Enjoyment
An outdoor kitchen built with building blocks can be assembled and ready to dress with stone veneer in a matter of hours versus days. Pouring footings isn’t necessary - all you need is an existing 4″ concrete slab, brick, or concrete paver patio. And in a lot of cases a building permit is not required for installation (check with your local ordinance to be sure, however!).
2. No Surprises
Standard sizing on all building blocks units coupled with pre-fit angled appliance brackets means building an outdoor kitchen is a hassle-free experience. Each unit (straight, corner, or angled) can be combined with other units to become counters, a raised bar, a barbecue island, or a fully functional kitchen space in your back yard.
3. The Exact Look You Want
Building blocks are so flexible that you can create almost any outdoor kitchen you can envision - even when your available square footage makes designing your outdoor kitchen a challenge.
4. A Truly Waste Free Installation
Because there is no need to pour a foundation or trim materials to fit, your custom outdoor kitchen can be installed with almost zero waste. Even better, building blocks arrive with a factory installed scratch coat that eliminates the need for any additional surface prep. Stone and brick veneer can be added as soon as the building blocks are set.
5. The Hard Part Is Already Done
Building blocks cabinets come ready not just for finishing but also ready for the installation of features like barbecues, drawers, burners, sinks, water lines, electric wiring, and gas hookups thanks to standard cut outs. And when modifications are necessary, units can be cut with a conventional diamond saw blade so further personalization can be done on site without specialty tools.
What amenities do you see in the outdoor kitchen of your dreams? Chances are that if you can envision it, you can build it! Summertime entertaining with everything you need within reach is possible - first, see how luxurious your outdoor living spaces can become with our free guide and then use our one-of-a-kind online design tool to begin creating a three-dimensional model of your ultimate open-air kitchen.