HOW TO BUILD A CUSTOM HOME, Part 10: Exterior Design Features — Outdoor Kitchens

In this series, the professionals at the B.O.L.D. Company will take you through the process of building a custom home in the Greater Cincinnati – Northern Kentucky area. From plan and lot selection, to mortgage approval, to the actual construction, we’ll take you behind-the-scenes each week for an inside look at a different part of the process.

Last week, we looked at creating outdoor living spaces with porches, decks, and patios. This week, we take that idea a step further. Dress up your porch, deck, or patio by stocking a complete outdoor kitchen!

The convenience of an “outdoor kitchen” means dining and entertaining outside without having to continually run back inside for utensils, condiments, or food that is cooled by the time it reaches the table. You also avoid potentially dirty shoes tracking from porch to kitchen. An outdoor kitchen provides everything you need right where you need it!

The most basic (and most budget-friendly!) outdoor kitchen might include simply a grill and an outdoor bar–somewhere to house drinks and snacks for the evening, for the convenience of guests. For a little bit bigger investment, some bar stools and also cabinet space to allow storage of plates, napkins, and utensils, would dress up the space.

Upgrading the outdoor bar design to an outdoor kitchen would consist of a built-in grill with a miniature sink and a small counter space for food preparation. More elaborate outdoor kitchen designs might include a dishwasher, a refrigerator, an oven, or even a television set for watching the big game! Some designs also include an outdoor fireplace or fire pit, to make their outdoor entertaining more of an all-season facility.

All of these items would need to be installed or covered in such a way as to protect them from the elements, however. Keep in mind:

*Flooring – avoid flooring that would become dangerously slippery when wet.

*Hot or wet surfaces – any part of cabinets or countertops that would be exposed to heat from the grill, or to rain or even direct sunlight, will need extra protection, such as backer board covered with stone veneer, or will need, at least, to have a sealer applied.

*Lighting – avoid accidents by including sufficient lighting for walkways, food preparation areas, and dining areas.

*Shelter – don’t be run out of your outdoor space when the sun is too bright or the air too chilly. Prepare for the conditions you expect to face, whether it is by including simply a patio umbrella or a complete pergola-with-plexiglass-panel roof; or maybe a stone-faced outdoor fireplace for warmth, or even just a portable outdoor patio heater.

B.O.L.D. Homes, a B.O.L.D. company, has been established as among the premiere Greater Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky custom home builders since 1986. We have well over 500 customer designed homes to our credit. Work one-on-one with the owners of the company – including a licensed real estate broker, a licensed real estate agent, a licensed professional engineer, and a CAD draftsman/designer – to design your dream home full of the features important to you. We can help you find a balance between luxury and budget.

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