Outdoor Kitchen Design with Station Grill using Dekton by Cosentino Surfaces
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November 30, 2018
Outdoor kitchens are becoming an extension of the home outside of its walls. Homeowners are realizing the value of having a functional outdoor cooking space, especially when trying to maximize Canada’s short-lived summers. We recently sat down with Luc and Marc Lacroix, two brothers who founded Station Grill. Specializing in outdoor kitchen projects, the Quebec-based company is known for their attention to detail and quality designs dedicated to functionality and unique aesthetics. We asked the two experts for their insights on outdoor kitchen trends and their recommendations on exterior countertops.
What kind of design trends are you seeing with outdoor kitchens?
Our clientele is looking for a style that resembles more like an indoor kitchen with clean and functional storage. An outdoor kitchen is just as important as an indoor kitchen. It is at the heart of your yard, just as your indoor kitchen is the heart of your home.
Has the popularity of outdoor kitchens risen over the past few years?
Over the past five years, the demand for outdoor kitchens has been growing. People want to make the most of the of the outdoors during the summer season and even throughout the whole year. This trend is also notable for our neighbours of the South. According to the American Institute of Architects, outdoor kitchen products is the top trending products category.
You have chosen Dekton by Cosentino as outdoor kitchen countertops for many of your projects. What do you like about using Dekton?
Dekton offers a wide range of colours to suit all styles and environments. In addition, the brand is constantly adding new colours every year. It is not just the product that we like, it is the support and tools we get from the Cosentino team, as well as their showroom. Cosentino’s products offer a superb customer experience, as much for us as our customers.
When choosing a countertop for an outdoor kitchen, what should homeowners look for?
Dekton is the ideal product with its technical properties (UV resistance, thermal shock resistance, etc). It offers minimal maintenance for maximum durability, and this is exactly what our customers are looking for.
Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about incorporating an outdoor kitchen into their home?
First, plan for the outdoor kitchen to have the same elements as the indoor kitchen. Following the design of your plan, be sure to factor in the gas pipes, the water supply for the sink as well as the drain, electricity, etc.
Secondly, ensure the workspace is well thought out with a cooking zone, preparation area, etc.
Finally, it is essential to have a good-quality and durable outdoor appliances.
What is your favourite colour of Dekton?
This is a very difficult question given the line’s great diversity. We really like Radium from the Industrial Collection, especially because the colour is made with 80 per cent recycled material.