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3 Things to Know About Installing an Outdoor Kitchen

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An outdoor kitchen on your patio or deck expands your living space and offers more opportunities for enjoying the beautiful great outdoors. Most of us are spending a lot more time cooking and eating at home, and an outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven, a large grill, or a smoker offers additional methods for making delicious meals. At Alexander Lumber in Woodstock, a professional designer can help you create the outdoor kitchen of your dreams. Here are 3 things to know about installing an outdoor kitchen:

1. An outdoor kitchen is an entertaining luxury that will increase the value of your home. It extends your living space substantially, and can be used during most of the year. It's important to design the space to be comfortable in spring, summer, and fall. A fire pit creates a cozy retreat when it's chilly outside.

2. Select materials that will withstand the elements and require little maintenance. "At Alexander Lumber, we offer outdoor kitchen cabinetry that helps define the style of the space," explained Lisa Roberts, Marketing Manager for Alexander Lumber. "It's made of a special poly resin, wrapped in a weatherproof finish material that won't deteriorate. Outdoor cabinets offer a warm, inviting atmosphere to an outdoor kitchen, along with convenient storage for supplies and cooking tools right where you're preparing meals." Stainless steel cabinetry is another option, but it can be noisy, difficult to customize, and very hot in the sun.

3. If you have space for a countertop for food prep and display, your best choices include natural stone, concrete, or tile. Quartz, while a very popular choice for indoor kitchen countertops, uses pigments that aren't designed to stand up to outdoor weather and UV rays.

Once you add task and ambient lighting, plants, and cushioned seating, you'll have a terrific outdoor space for your family and friends. For more information about designing and installing an outdoor kitchen, please contact:

Alexander Lumber Company

4001 Country Club Rd.

Woodstock, IL 60039

Phone: 815-356-8600

www.alexlbr.com

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