Just steps from the pool is this entertainer's dream outdoor kitchen. An expansive granite countertop provides space for buffets or cocktail parties and the new stainless steel grill is ready to feed a crowd.
There’s no getting around it: Lava stone is gorgeous. It’s beautiful, with its amazing color, its luster and its you-can’t-quite-put-your-finger-on-it magnificence. It’s also literally one of the most expensive options in the world for countertops, sometimes ending up around $300 a square foot. The reality is, nothing will look like lava stone. But Paperstone, a composite countertop made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper and non-petroleum-based resins, might just make you forget about it. It seems like a solid-surface material but is eco-friendly in almost every way you could imagine, and when you drink in its warm Cabernet color, you might just wonder why you ever considered another crazy-expensive option.
Composting is a fantastic thing to do, both to reduce waste and to improve your garden. It’s not always super-convenient, though, and it can be … unattractive in the kitchen. The Blanco Solon comes to the rescue for both issues, however. This stainless steel system can be inset into a countertop and has a cover to obscure the cuttings waiting to be relocated to your outdoor location. It saves space, makes composting easier and looks like something that belongs in a luxury kitchen.
Soapstone countertops, like the ones in this kitchen by Jarrett Design, offer a soft look but can also look great in a sleek, modern space. Though pricier than some other countertop options, soapstone is environmentally friendly and durable, offering significant value.
Don’t underestimate the power of a good laminate countertop. The style factor of laminates has skyrocketed in recent years, and the availability of different patterns and finishes makes them a good option for many looking to redo their countertops. If you want to budget down from engineered quartz, check out Formica’s Silver Quartzite. This stone-look laminate will serve any kitchen well as a strong neutral design force and a major player in making the kitchen a worry-free, fun, and functional place to be.
The chef is never far from the grill or the company while cooking in this luxurious outdoor kitchen. The natural tones of the beautiful ledgestone bar and granite counter top work handsomely with the espresso, woven wicker barstools and stunning glass tile backsplash.
Travertine is synonymous with luxury, and that comes at a cost. The natural variation in the warm-colored stone is aesthetically appealing, but you may feel a little more cooly toward it once you calculate the cost of using slabs of travertine on your kitchen counters. Formica has developed a solid-surface material that is affordable (compared to the pricey natural stones) and nicely mimics their look and feel. If you’re considering travertine but want to look at a more budget-friendly option, try Formica’s solid surface countertops in Travertine Gold.
The rough tile base of this outdoor kitchen compliments the rough finish on the retaining wall for a beautiful texture effect. The smooth, bright blue marble countertop is a gorgeous texture contrast and adds bright color to the design. A marble panel slides over the built-in sink opening for extra work space.
Matching the existing architecture of the home, a trellis is added to the garage for much-needed shade over the outdoor kitchen. The barbecue area features a stainless steel grill, sink and prep area, while beautiful limestone is used on the outdoor kitchen enclosure and countertop.