Are you thinking of buying a second beach house and upgrading the rooms with an outdoor kitchen? Or are we talking about your first home, and you want to equip it with two kitchens, one inside and another outside? In both cases, if you follow our blog, you know that there are specific materials for an outdoor kitchen of a beach house. Materials that must ensure resistance to atmospheric agents, and in addition to salt and sand. Designing the perfect outdoor kitchen by the sea does not mean, in fact, only choosing appliances, counters and accessories. It also means taking into account a particular climate and temperatures. Here then is some useful information for you on the subject.
Take into account humidity and atmospheric agents
Beach houses usually have higher humidity and, at the same time, they will also have to deal with the wind carrying sand and salt in the air. This presents new challenges that require to reconsider the materials used to build your new outdoor cooking space.
Marine or 316 stainless steel is what you need in these cases
Salt water and moisture from the sea can cause a lot of damage to shelves, cabinets and appliances in your outdoor kitchen. Choosing the right elements and using them to make ad hoc outdoor kitchens, as we do at OF outdoorkitchens, will ensure that your outdoor kitchen for your beach house can last many years. Steel is obviously the first choice when it comes to materials. Not surprisingly, as you may already know, there is a metal called “marine stainless steel”, also known as 316 steel. It is a steel much more resistant to corrosion and atmospheric agents typical of a coastal climate, which is an important factor when choosing the right equipment and accessories for an outdoor kitchen of a beach house.
A covering for your furniture? Consider using high-density polyethylene
Also consider using a material such as UV stabilized high-density polyethylene (HDPE), if you are thinking of a covering for your outdoor kitchen furniture. In this way, you can customize them and, at the same time, protect them from salt and moisture. HDPE is considered the most durable polymer in the industry and does not fade over time with sun exposure. You might also consider, then, certain paint finishes, in which we at OF outdoorkitchens are experts: powder finishes, among others, can also protect cabinets and appliances from salt and air impregnated with salt and humidity.
Cover your outdoor kitchen with a pergola or make use of a transition room
Constantly keeping your kitchen outdoors will make it difficult to protect it over time, we say it without problems. Indeed, while using the highest quality materials, the unlimited exposure to sun, rain and salt will very quickly degrade the elements of the outdoor kitchen. We therefore recommend a cover. Be careful which one you choose. It should be well ventilated and placed under the roof to allow adequate ventilation. In this regard, we can tell you that a pergola seems the perfect solution. Another option could then be a transition room, the one that basically leads from the inside of the house to the outdoor kitchen. Such a room could also accommodate your outdoor kitchen but, in this case, you will need to be doubly sure that you have adequate ventilation to use the space for a longer period of time. Finally, consider adding a small ceiling fan at the top of the pergola or another permanent or semi-permanent cover. It will disperse smoke and steam from the outdoor kitchen so that it is comfortable to stay under the cover.