A deck is the traditional answer, but the construction and upkeep of it can be far more difficult than what is involved with building a patio, especially since an outdoor kitchen patio space offers many of the same amenities as a deck. A patio can provide a nice connector to the rest of your backyard, as a place for guests to relax and dine while enjoying the summertime weather. Building a slightly elevated patio-and adding a small staircase to the backyard-is a more affordable and less time-consuming task than building a deck adjacent to your first floor.
A grill is an obvious addition to any patio, but give your patio a flourish most decks simply cannot match – a fire pit area! Your fire pit area can be as well-furnished as an outdoor kitchen, allowing for meals that go far beyond the usual burgers and dogs! Outdoor kitchen patio maintenance is also less taxing to the homeowner, especially if you live in the northeast. Here, you can just allow snow on a patio and fire pit area to melt, as opposed to shoveling it off a deck so that it doesn’t create a potential collapse situation.
Most patio pavers react better to rain than a wood deck, as well. You can also avoid rain worries altogether during the spring and summer by installing a retractable awning that will keep the patio and all your guests dry. And when rain isn’t the issue-but heat is-a patio umbrella will provide some much-needed shade from triple digit temperatures and suffocating humidity. Decks are a great addition to any house, but you can maximize the enjoyment of your spare time just as affordably with a raised outdoor kitchen patio made from top quality patio pavers.
After the pavers have been adjusted, cleaned and re-sanded (and every time after re-sanding) you want to seal your pavers with a good quality sealer. Sealing your pavers will protect the pavers from most kind staining and it will harden the joint sand, locking your pavers into place and preventing anthills and weeds from growing between pavers. A good quality sealer will prevent a haze from forming on the paver surface caused from moisture in the paver when sealing. If you currently see a haze on the surface of your pavers from previous sealing, you’ll have to strip the existing sealer before applying new sealer.