The New Jersey climate can be unforgiving during certain times of the year, so when designing any outdoor living space, it is imperative to consider the impact of these weather conditions on your design/build. This could be especially true when incorporating an outdoor kitchen. The following are landscape materials to consider for use in outdoor kitchens in the Sussex County, NJ, area.
Seasons bring wonderful effects, whether it’s a fall chill that gives reason to light a fire pit or a warm temperature that calls for a dip in the pool. But for landscape contractors, it can also bring challenges, whether you’re dealing with freezing temperatures as you wait for spring to begin or you have to swat away bugs when you’re trying to build a pond. For an outdoor kitchen, your seasonal considerations need to factor in how it will be used during its busiest season and how it can survive through the toughest one. Durable, reliable materials are a must for this landscape feature.
This durable material is available in an array of colors to help match any style. It is resistant to sun damage and bug infestation. It can, and should, be sealed for further protection against moisture penetration and mold, as well as, stains. Additionally, it is easily cleaned and maintained.
Stain-resistant concrete pavers provide durable flooring for the cook to do his or her thing without worrying about messes when in the thick of making a meal. A variety of colors make choosing the pavers that go with the rest of the kitchen construction easy.
This material for countertops is favored by designers for its natural quality and weathered look. It is a soft material so it can be susceptible to scratches; however, the impacts from everyday use only gives the material more character and design appeal. Since soapstone is nonporous, it can prevent snow and moisture penetration, as well as stains from leaf droppings, mold, and mildew. It’s also known for holding up well when the weather gets cold.
If a natural wood look is desired, then teak wood should be a serious consideration for cabinets and islands. It is a popular choice for its beauty in both color and wood grain. It is a strong wood, used in ship construction and in outdoor furniture design. It has the ability to withstand outdoor weather conditions and is resistant to bug penetration and decay.
For cabinets, appliances, grills, and sinks, stainless steel is a timeless material to use both indoors and outdoors. It is a hard-wearing material that couples long-term value with quality design appeal. It is virtually corrosion and impact resistant. It is also impervious to fire and heat. It is easy to clean and maintain, making it hygiene-friendly in kitchen environments. Stainless steel is one of the most sustainable materials available for use in outdoor kitchen areas.
High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
This is a material that is virtually indestructible a. It is resistant to weather conditions, UV rays, bug penetration, and everyday impacts. It holds superior performance in all outdoor kitchen needs such as countertops, cabinetry, islands, tables, and furniture. Because it is completely water resistant, it will not crack, rot or decay. It is easily cleaned and maintained.