Keen to get some thoughts from the community about a benchtop solution for this project. We're currently experiencing some heavy rains here in NSW and I can see where rain will hit the kitchen from the sides. I don't want to install stone benchtops and was thinking about laminate but this might not be an ideal solution if it is prone to getting wet?
There are different manufacturing processes for laminate/coated benchtops, and some wouldn't be suitable @funksoulbro1. For instance, I would strongly advise not to use a benchtop that isn't thermoformed like the Marquee 2400 x 600 x 25mm White Laminate Bench Top. Water will penetrate the edges where the sheets of the laminate meet.
Any benchtop that has particleboard interior is likely only to be recommended for use in an undercover area. Undercover is generally described as somewhere the benchtop won't receive direct rain, so your situation doesn't exactly apply.
Let me mention @redracer01 to see if he has any thoughts.
Hi mate love your build
I built my own outdoor kitchen a few months ago and had the same issue with the benchtops and prices of being quoted for granite and outdoor ceaserstone.
I ended up going with 1200x1200 porcelain floor tiles that were then cut to size. As the longest part of my bench was 1700 long there is only one join on the total bench.
Here is what it looks like when the tiles were laid down and then finished with appliances
Great to see you jumping straight in and sharing your project @vasilako. Your outdoor kitchen looks fantastic.
Let me tag @funksoulbro1 so that he's alerted to your comment.
We'd love to hear more about your projects around the house and garden, so feel free to start creating your own posts to ask questions or share your progress along the way.
6 weeks on and a little more work has been done. I used left over ekodeck offcuts and cladded the bbq section of the kitchen. The rest of the kitchen will be cladded in a composite slat (samples are shown to work out the best colour). Were going with the light grey to keep the base palette neutral.
I purchased stainless steel doors from ebay, connected power and installed the Bellini Rangehood (another Bunnings product). I may have to upgrade to a commercial unit, but the cost for the Bellini was quite cheap so we'll see how it performs in the short term. Consideration was given to the height of the rangehood over a gas cooktop and it is installed within those limits.
The rest of the BBQ is now cladded, and all stainless steel doors installed. The stainless steel splashback for the BBQ section is installed also. Power is hooked up and I eagerly await the arrival of my benchtops tomorrow so I can complete the sink, tapware and hook up water and drainage and install the pelmet to cover the gaps between the ceiling and the blueboard. We're almost there!
It’s coming together beautifully @funksoulbro1. Thanks for keeping us updated along the way.
I’m sure you’re eager to finish this project and start entertaining. We’re looking forward to seeing the end result.
I'm excited to hear you're coming close to completion @funksoulbro1! It's been a fantastic journey to follow along with. What type of benchtop did you decide to go with?
I can't wait to see your finished results.