Construction Methods

 

Are you planning on building the kitchen on an existing patio? Will it provide enough support? We always recommend that new masonry Islands be built with their own separate foundation rather than just over an existing patio. The weight of the structure will typically be too much for standard 4” thick patios to bear without developing stress fractures or other damage. Additionally, if you ever wanted to replace or change your patio surface, the island would be in the way. To prevent water from entering into the island it is always best that the foundation for your outdoor kitchen be ¼” – ½” higher than the surrounding patio.
Are you building your island out of wood? If so you will need to purchase or order either a premade or custom insulating liner to go under the grill and any other built-in hot appliances.
We always recommend that frame be built from galvanized steel studs or concrete block. Steel studs are typically faster and cheaper and also leave more room inside the cabinet as they are not as thick. It’s always best to have all utilities stubbed through the floor of the outdoor kitchen so as not to be seen on the outside. If you do choose to use metal studs for the construction, it’s also nice to install stainless steel sheeting on the inside of the island attached to the framing for cosmetic purposes. This way when you look inside the island its clean looking and leaves no room for little critters to nest.

 

Materials and Finishes

 

Are the counters, patio materials, and veneers suitably freeze/thaw resistant if your area experience cold weather? What about planters and other accent pieces? Are the counters and patio materials highly grease and stain resistant? Are you and the homeowners familiar with the supplier recommendations regarding sealing of the chosen counter and patio materials? Have you specified a solid brass faucet using ceramic valves or a solid stainless steel one?
Do not use any zinc coated or pot metal materials in outdoor plumbing. These are the ones normally found in local stores so be careful. Is the outdoor sink 304 stainless steel, plastic, or solid copper? If not, are you certain it is suitable for outdoor use?

Appliances

 

We always recommend that all of your outdoor components be UL Rated for outdoor use, cooking appliances be certified, and all products outdoors be constructed with 304 grade stainless steel. These will provide protection from the elements for the long haul. Grade 430 stainless steel is a widely used product for middle to lower ends products. Where this steel may hold up in certain locales with care, it is absolutely not recommended near swimming pools, brackish, or salt water environments. In most cases when something is more expensive in the BBQ world, that usually means it’s of a higher quality and well worth the money. There are a couple exceptions to the rule though. There are very well-known product brands that are simply priced high because their branded name allows them to do so. Don’t be swayed by name brand. Also, do not mix and match built in appliances. Each manufacture uses a specific stainless steel polish and technique that can be quite noticeable when not using the same brand for the entire project. The only exception would be utilizing a single brand for all the major cooking appliances and a single, opposite brand for all the front cabinet doors and drawers. Having a slightly different finish of stainless steel here is not as noticeable. There are manufactures across the price spectrum that complement one another. Patio Sites Inc has nearly every brand of item on display and our highly trained experts can ensure your project has not only a satisfactory, but amazing appearance.