Our own Brooke Eversoll was consulted for an article in the The Tampa Tribune last Sunday. The full article was in the May 19th Your Home section. No link was found to the article, but we have the full transcription here:
Kitchens Make a Move Outside
Creating a backyard cooking/eating area is a dramatic enhancement – by Emily Johnson
A summer kitchen is one of the most popular outdoor features for a homeowner seeking to improve a backyard. It provides an ideal gathering space while raising the value of a home.
There are several things that should be considered before beginning construction. Brooke Eversoll, designer for S&W Kitchens Inc. on Ridgemoor Boulevard in Palm Harbor, discusses what options are available and how to plan this exciting home project.
“Before designing an outdoor kitchen, a homeowner should consider if they want the area to be covered or exposed to the elements,” Eversoll said. “It can make a big difference when selecting materials to use in the space.”
It’s a good idea to select countertop materials made from natural stones such as granite or slate, or man-made materials like concrete.
“Quartz countertops are very durable but need to be protected from direct sunlight, so they would be ideal for a covered area,” Eversoll said.
Right: A bar provides ample seating, which is ideal for outdoor entertaining.
Outdoor cabinetry should be as durable as possible and can be used in areas that are frequently wet. Choose cabinet doors that have a realistic wood feel to keep the space warm and natural.
“Another option to consider is what type of appliances need to be incorporated in the space,” Eversoll said. “If there is going to be a grill or cooking area and it is under a covered area, ventilation is a must.”
Some other design elements that can add warmth and ambiance to your outdoor kitchen space include water features, pizza ovens and gas fire pits.