An outdoor kitchen installation on your property is a positive decision, increasing the value of the property and enabling the enjoyment of your yard for entertainment and recreation. Once you’ve determined how the space will fit within your overall landscape, you will need to choose materials that pair well with one another, the architecture of the home, and the current landscaping features. Deciding between natural stone and concrete for your outdoor kitchen in Long Island, NY will largely depend on your preferences, tastes and sense of practicality.
Making the choice between concrete and natural stone depends largely on personal tastes. If your leanings lie in the direction of natural stone, several issues should be considered. First, porous natural stone, including bluestone, limestone and marble can be susceptible to staining, which is something to be particularly careful of in an outdoor kitchen setting. Granite, on the other hand, will work better functionally, except for the heat absorption that will occur with darker colors. Fortunately, soapstone offers an advantageous level of heat and stain resistance, making this natural stone a favorite for outdoor kitchen designs. Alternatively, manufactured concrete units are less expensive, more customizable, and easier to use. In the end, both choices are valid, each with its own benefits.
The vertical units within your outdoor kitchen space require strength and beauty. You can choose natural building stones or use concrete manufactured units. Either way, make sure that you hire a landscape professional with the experience and skill needed to appropriately construct your vision. Expertise is essential for the construction of vertical outdoor units that will stand the test of time. A landscape construction professional can also help with the decision between natural stone and concrete alternatives that are best suited for your particular purpose by recognizing potential hazards and benefits particular to your area and property. This is especially important when selecting materials that will be exposed to the high levels of heat present in kitchens.
The pavers for your patio floor where the outdoor kitchen will rest also present an opportunity to showcase natural stone or concrete manufactured pavers that resemble natural stone. Your choice depends upon the materials used in other structures around your property as well as whether your priorities lie in purity of materials or practicalities. The asymmetry of natural stone paving pieces can be a draw point for many looking to achieve a random, natural look. This may, however, make replacement an issue should a paver become damaged over time. Concrete pavers, on the other hand, frequently have the appearance of natural stone, a lower price, and a symmetry of size making replacement easier. The abundance of styles and sizes also make customization and accenting easier. Concrete pavers are also generally resistant to staining or fading, which is something not always assured with natural stone.
Contact one of our professionals for an assessment of your property to better help you decide on the choice that is right for you.