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Grilling in Style with Rustic Outdoor Kitchens

Grilling in Style with Rustic Outdoor Kitchens

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August 21, 2007

When some people hear the term, "rustic outdoor kitchens", they may begin to laugh and think to themselves, "who has a kitchen outside?"  The answer to that question is simple: stylish barbeque enthusiasts.  Rustic outdoor kitchens have become the newest trend in the home improvement market, and they are currently sweeping the southern states.

Chances are, if you live in Arizona, Nevada, or Texas, you have seen or at least have heard of rustic outdoor kitchens.  Outdoor kitchens are much more popular in southern climates because of the lack of rain and snow.  While people in the northern states can still have an outdoor kitchen, they cannot use it all year round, and for such a large investment, this might not make such a large expenditure worth it.

Rustic Outdoor Kitchens

Most rustic outdoor kitchens are installed on preexisting patios.  These patios are generally brick or flagstone so they can withstand the heat from the kitchen.  The kitchens are usually accompanied by large outdoor dining areas on the same patio.  This provides a kind of outdoor living room atmosphere to nicely accompany the kitchen itself.

Rustic outdoor kitchens have a large grill as the centerpiece of the setup.  The grills are usually not freestanding, but rather are encased in a countertop with other accessories and amenities.  The other items included in rustic outdoor kitchens are things like ice chests, side burners, and even small sinks.  These additions can make an outdoor kitchen complete and allow for total meal preparation on the rustic outdoor kitchen patio.

Some professional builders and contractors will build a custom outdoor kitchen for your backyard.  They will take measurements of your exiting patio and then help you to decide where the kitchen components should go.  Other contractors will offer prefabricated rustic outdoor kitchens.  These come in many different styles and, depending on how much money you want to spend, come with the amenities listed above.  For both types, the accessories will cost more than you might expect, especially the sinks and ice chests, because adjustments need to be made to bring water from the house and outside to the kitchen.

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