Three Trends in Outdoor Kitchens

It’s only January, but the crazy New England winter weather has many of us dreaming of summer nights. The backyard, the hammock, the fire pit and a gorgeous outdoor kitchen are in those dreams. Are they in your dreams, too?

An outdoor kitchen will change the way you use your outdoor space for good; it’s not just a place to cook, it is also an extension of your living space where you can entertain, relax and connect with nature.  If this is the year when you’re hoping to install that outdoor kitchen, here are three trends to help you create a beautiful, functional space in your backyard:

  1. Modular design

Built-in outdoor kitchens are a thing of the past. Modular designs allow you to adapt your outdoor kitchen to your needs and lifestyle. This includes freestanding cabinets and countertops and appliances that you can mix and match, move around, and even add to over time. Modular design is perfect for small spaces or if you’re not sure exactly what you want yet.

  1. Eco-friendly Choices

People are becoming more aware of the environmental impact of their choices, and sustainable materials like Laminam porcelain countertops or reclaimed wood, bamboo, or composite decking are a great place to start. Energy efficient appliances and natural lighting are also environmentally conscious choices.

  1. Multipurpose Space

Your outdoor kitchen is more than just a place to cook. It will be a place to gather, socialize, and entertain. Maximize your space with a fire pit, comfortable, weatherproof seating, a TV or a movie screen and plenty of storage for cooking utensils and supplies.

When it comes to outdoor kitchen surfaces, we offer new options for you to check out.  Natural stones, of course, have been around for millennia. Granite, marble, quartzite and soapstone are all viable surfaces for an outdoor kitchen. Additionally, there are new manufactured stones that are incredibly beautiful and fare very well in the outdoors, even in our harsh New England winters.

Terrazzo is a manufactured stone by Compac. Terrazzo is imported from Portugal. It offers a modern version of the classic look from Venice, Italy. Terrazzo is water resistant, with a high UV resistance and high stain, etch and abrasion resistance which make it perfect for outdoor countertops, bar tops, cladding and flooring.

Laminam Porcelain is a state-of-the-art, beautiful and durable surface imported from Italy. It is suitable for outdoor kitchens as well as pool decking and other exterior flooring applications. It is water resistant and easy to maintain with high stain, etch and abrasion resistance and high UV resistance. Laminam also offers bookmatching for beautiful, consistent designs.

If you are looking to make your outdoor kitchen dream a reality in 2024, we invite you to visit one of our showrooms to see the natural and manufactured stone options for outdoor use. It’s a great time to start the process so come see us in West Bridgewater or Haverhill and let us be part of making your dreams come true.