As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this month, my thoughts turn to thankfulness for my family. What a joy it is to bring family members together this time of year! And there’s no better place to celebrate than in an outdoor patio/kitchen, especially since it stays warm almost year ’round in Southern CA. We recently had the pleasure of helping one young couple get set up for the holiday season.
This young professional couple spent some time searching online for a reputable, high-quality remodeling company in their area. They found the Westside Remodeling website, liked what they saw, and then stopped in to visit our showroom. This was the beginning of the process that resulted in their wonderful, new outdoor kitchen.
I met with our clients at their home to discuss their vision for the outside space, which also included a gas fireplace and patio cover. The husband is a real BBQ type of guy who loves outdoor cooking, so he was very enthused about this project. He had already begun some of the demolition work himself, digging up planter beds to make more space available, while keeping the concrete patio as a foundation for the kitchen. In the coming spring, he plans to stain the concrete patio, making it appear more uniform.
Before we built the BBQ island, the bar, and the fireplace, we had to cut out the existing concrete patio where we needed to dig the footings. The base was then constructed of concrete block and finished with an all natural stone veneer in Desert Gold. The countertops are in Typhoon Bordeaux granite that features striking gold veining and ribbons of burgundy. These materials are able to withstand high temperatures, as well as a variety of weather conditions.
The BBQ island is well equipped with a Fire Magic BBQ grill, a side burner and a power burner, plus storage cabinets and drawers. An attractive curved bar with stools provides seating for four, while the stand up bar behind the BBQ grill is perfect for entertaining larger crowds.
A virtually maintenance-free patio cover was constructed of Alumawood, an embossed aluminum product with a textured wood-grain finish. We installed small LED down lights overhead, along with a junction box for our clients’ lovely chandelier that adds considerable charm to the space. An infrared space heater was attached to the wall for cool evenings.
Westside handled all the plans, engineering and permits for this project, which is one of the benefits of working with an experienced remodeling company. Our clients are very happy with the results. The wife told me recently, “Our BBQ is getting lots of use. People who come to see it think it’s fantastic!”
I personally think the outdoor kitchen turned out beautifully. It was really fun to work together with our clients to design it and build it. And now I’m looking forward to the future, since we’ll be working with them on their indoor kitchen!
Be sure to contact Westside when you’re ready to build your outdoor kitchen. Visit our website or call 805-499-4121.
– Bob Sturgeon