Posted February 3rd, 2014 by : Bill Bunch
So many people say they enjoy having Outdoor Kitchens in Houston because they are the perfect extension of their indoor living space. Added square footage to the home means an added value to the property. When beginning the process of an Outdoor Kitchen addition, one of the most enjoyable steps is the planning phase. Home owners and designers get together with the contractor to outline the outdoor space for the outdoor kitchen area. So many exciting possibilities begin to take shape. There may be permitting requirements depending on the plans.
Samples of tile, counter tops and appliances are analyzed and compared. Ideas for the facade and surrounding ambient theme can start out in one direction and take an unexpected turn. If your contractor offers a design package, be sure to have your ideas and lists of preferences included with the designers’ suggestions.
Installing an outdoor radiant heating system beneath the pavers or flooring will warm the stones to maintain a comfortable microclimate in the outdoor kitchen in Houston late into the autumn or early winter. Also outdoor cooking can begin earlier in springtime. Cozy furniture and added blankets for sitting around the fire-pit to watch the flat-screen television is a very inviting activity after dinner with family and friends. For Outdoor Kitchens in Houston, Texas, it is wise to consider the months of heat as well as the cold. How much cover from direct sunlight is needed? What materials will give an atmosphere of cooling in the summer, warmer and inviting during cooler weather?
There are many options for consideration, choices like wood-burning fireplace, gas table fire-pit or woodstove? What would be used more often, a pizza oven or barbeque rotisserie? Built-in barbeque grill or separate island, wine chiller or refrigerator drawers, draft beer pulls or lemonade machine, these are decisions only the home owner can make.
When designing the outdoor kitchen, it might be the best time to match materials for extended hardscape like sidewalks and driveway pavers. Considering the textures and theme of the new additions will greatly influence the look of the rest of the hardscape throughout the property. Another way to tie in the theme and design of the outdoor kitchen in Houston with the rest of the landscape is by using LED lighting throughout the property. High-lighting walkways, driveways, trees and foliage will add interest and function to the yard after sunset. LED lighting sets an ecologically wise example in saving money and energy. Take time to think about natural features, is there an existing pool, would a pond or fountain fit the decor? For help planning and designing, give us a call at Wood Crafters, Houston, Texas (713) 433-6026.