Building Outdoor Kitchens for Every Budget

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This book brings attractive and functional outdoor kitchens within the reach of budget-conscious homeowners, with lots of design ideas, plenty of dream kitchens for inspiration, and more than 300 clear how-to photographs. Highly accessible DIY instructions carefully guide the reader through all aspects of construction—even cutting and installing a granite countertop. It shows you how to build lightweight "masonry" counters using steel studs and concrete backboard and offers alternatives to high-end appliances to ...

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Overview

This book brings attractive and functional outdoor kitchens within the reach of budget-conscious homeowners, with lots of design ideas, plenty of dream kitchens for inspiration, and more than 300 clear how-to photographs. Highly accessible DIY instructions carefully guide the reader through all aspects of construction—even cutting and installing a granite countertop. It shows you how to build lightweight "masonry" counters using steel studs and concrete backboard and offers alternatives to high-end appliances to save money. Also included are accessories and amenities to affordably customize an outdoor kitchen: fire pits, a variety of adobe/clay ovens, pergolas, awnings, TV and stereo equipment, mosquito abatement, misters and heaters, fireplaces, pizza ovens, and standup "churrasco" grills.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
05/01/2015
After the winter's blast, summer will be a welcome delight. Spend more time living outdoors with an outdoor kitchen. Coauthors Cory and Slavik, who previously collaborated on titles such as Affordable Kitchen Upgrades, provide fantastic advice for making the outdoor kitchen that meets your needs and your budget. The book keeps it real—making note of cost-saving alternatives with pros and cons defined. Homeowners are also instructed to check local ordinances and building codes and to be aware when it's really better to hire a professional for specialized work. Planning considerations and recommendations on materials and equipment are followed by a gallery of example kitchens. A selection of building projects rounds out the title. This pairs well will other idea books for outdoor kitchens, such as Lee Anne White's Outdoor Kitchen Ideas That Work or Deborah Krasner's The New Outdoor Kitchen. VERDICT This is an excellent introduction to outdoor kitchens and certainly the first place an interested homeowner should start. The advice and tips are frank, with construction estimates to help budgeting, while the instruction is solid, with large illustrations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580115377
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2015
  • Series: Home Improvement
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 263,751
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Cory is a builder, remodeler, and highly acclaimed DIY author. He has written and edited dozens of home improvement books for major publishers, including Affordable Kitchen Upgrades, Affordable Bathroom Upgrades, Deck Designs, 3rd Edition, and Ultimate Guide: Porches.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1
Planning an Outdoor Kitchen (themed gallery)
 

Chapter 2

Products and Materials

Chapter 3

Getting the Most on a Tight Budget

Chapter 4

Outdoor Kitchen Projects  (Design and How-to for about 20 projects), including counters at various price levels, fire pits (2), clay oven/horno/tandoori oven/earth oven, standup “churrasco” grills, pizza oven, mosquito abatement, misters/heaters, awnings, pergolas, TVs and stereo equipment

Chapter 5

Construction Techniques

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