Jun 132014

Now that summer is here, many homeowners are planning to make the best of the season by spending more time in their outdoor living spaces.  So it’s the perfect time for an outdoor renovation project.

For some, that may mean adding new garden boxes to their deck, building a fire pit on their patio, or putting a new table on the veranda.  Building an outdoor kitchen is something many others are choosing to do.

One such customer, Rich, in Texas, used faux panels to create his outdoor kitchen design located in the area between his patio and detached garage.  The finished project would contain a BBQ grill, cabinets, counter space, and a sink.

Frames for an outdoor kitchen project take shape.

Since the cabinet portion of the area was exposed to rainfall, however, his design required that the base of his new kitchen cabinets be elevated, so that rainwater could drain under them.  He therefore knew that using actual masonry to cover the cabinets would pose a challenge, due to the inconvenience and weight of real stone.

“Only Faux Panels would provide the look of masonry yet allow us to leave the required gap beneath the bottom row of ‘stone’ and the ground to afford the patio to drain off below the cabinets.”

About the installation procedure, Rich said:  “It was so incredibly easy.  After cutting a panel to size, I’d zigzag a bit of construction adhesive to the backside, stick it in place and throw a couple sheetrock screws in to hold the panels until the glue set.  The Wellington Drystack Earth panels pattern afforded me the ability to start and stop, and patch and piece panels as needed.  The seams aren’t even noticeable and I never even tried to ‘line up’ the drystack patterns.”

Once Rich had the granite countertop installed, and the kitchen was complete, he was able to stand back and take pride in the outdoor living space he’d created.

Outdoor kitchen projects add enjoyment to summer days at home.

“The finished product was a thing of real pride,” said Rich. “What an incredibly easy, fast project. Why did I wait so many years before tackling this project? The difference was Faux Panels. Once I watched the videos and blogs at FauxPanels.com, I knew this was the product that would allow me to build our outdoor kitchen project.”

For more ideas on outdoor kitchens, see the gallery of our Outdoor Living Spaces.

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