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Outdoor Kitchens

apex pavers and pools outdoor kitchens stuart palm beach jupiter islandOutdoor kitchens are extremely popular in South Florida. While some are equipped with just the grill, other homeowners use the space as a fully functional 2nd kitchen. Hot/Cold water sinks, refrigerators, wine storage and extra seating allow for a true cooking experience.

-The outdoor kitchens are usually under a covered area, so families can continue to entertain in case of inclement weather.

-Cooking outside doesn’t heat up the house. Summer months are brutal in Florida. Anything families can do to to keep the home cool, the better.

-Clean up is easy with an outdoor sink and prep area.

-Natural materials used for countertops and backsplashes are extremely durable and require low maintenance.

-Small appliances and rotisseries are also options as electrical can be run out to the outdoor kitchen.

Our design team at Apex Pavers and Pools can create an outdoor kitchen for your space. Please contact us today for a quote.

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March 31st, 2019 - Outdoor Kitchens

APEX: Creating a Warm and Inviting Outdoor Space

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It’s almost January, and we’ve had our fair share of cool mornings. It’s time to take the entertaining¬†outside and enjoy the brisk air.

There are several ways to make your outdoor space inviting to friends, neighbors and family. Taking a peek at our photo gallery is a great start, and we’ve included more ideas below.

Make It Comfortable

Your patio furniture should be comfortable, and if it’s not, consider adding pillows and a soft throw. If you don’t have a fire feature, outdoor heaters are very common in residential applications, and can be purchased at your local home goods store.

Start a Fire

Custom fire features have quickly risen to the top of most requested outdoor features. Over the past decade, homeowners have extended their entertainment areas to the outdoors, and have spared no expense in creating the perfect outdoor space. Fire features become the centerpiece of the outdoor space when combined with furniture, tables and decorative pieces such as candles and plants.

Add a Little Light!

Hanging stringed lights is a wonderful way to create beautiful ambiance outdoors. Not just for the holidays anymore, stringed lights can be added to your umbrella, fence, or around your patio columns. Highlight beautiful trees around your patio with low-voltage spotlights. Solar landscape lighting can light up a path, and LED-lit lanterns can add a romantic ambiance to your backyard oasis.

Apex Pavers & Pools can help you create the backyard of your dreams. Call us today to get started.

December 31st, 2014 - Outdoor Kitchens, Pavers in Stuart

Beautiful Florida Outdoor Kitchens

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An outdoor kitchen can be a beautiful extension of your home. As with most home projects, planning is an essential part when designing your outdoor kitchen. From choosing the best location to what appliances would best suit your needs, APEX Pavers and Pools can assist you every step of the way.


Choose the Best Location:
Generally, outdoor kitchens are located under a covered patio or lanai that is attached to the home. This provides additional coverage to protect the grill and other outdoor kitchen appliances.

Most covered outdoor areas will have an existing deck, which will be the foundation for your kitchen. Keep in mind the pathways to existing structures in your yard (spa, pool, fireplace) and design your deck to enhance these structures.

Utility sources such as plumbing and electrical will need to be addressed, as well as a fuel source for the grill. If you have natural gas, you’ll need to install your kitchen near the gas line. If your kitchen will be located further from the house, the gas line will need to be trenched and installed.

Plan How You’ll Use Your Outdoor Kitchen: How will you use your new outdoor kitchen? Do you plan to use the grill on a daily basis or seasonally? Will you entertain guests often? Take an assessment on how you’ll use your new space so you can plan the space and design accordingly. For high use kitchens, we recommend a large gas grill with side burners and hood, rotisserie system, a compact refrigerator, hidden trash bid, warming and storage drawers, outdoor sink, and ice maker. Determining how you’ll use the space and how often will help you decide what appliances and accessories you’ll need.

What Type of Materials are Best? In Florida, most outdoor kitchens are constructed of concrete block with an applied stucco finish to match your home. For countertop surfaces, natural materials such as granite and slate are durable but will need to be maintained to protect the finish. Porous materials such as tumbled marbled will need to be sealed to protect the stone from food and beverage spills.

What Type of Lighting Will You Need? For the perfect grilling and entertaining experience, plan for lighting directly above all areas of your outdoor kitchen and seating area. Task lighting will help you see as you’re cooking and preparing your food. This should be planned in advance due to the electrical wiring needed for the lights.

APEX Pavers & Pools is a licensed contractor and are familiar with local codes and regulations to ensure code compliance. Our design specialists are ready to help you create your new outdoor living and cooking areas- contact us today!

The Apex Paver & Pool Team
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August 21st, 2014 - Outdoor Kitchens, Pavers in Stuart, Swimming Pools