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The outdoor kitchen is becoming a reality in many homes. Families are creating their own retreats centered around their barbeque grill, so they can spend more time there with family and friends.

If you’re considering a built-in grill, remember that the materials adjacent to it must be non combustible and countertop materials have to withstand the weather. So stone or ceramic tiles are a good choice to meet both of those criteria.

If you’re including a refrigerator in the mix be sure it’s designed for outdoor use, protected from rainfall, and plugged into an outlet with a ground fault circuit interrupter.

Adding a heat source – like a gas patio heater or portable fireplace – will not only extend the number of days each year you can use the area, but it will also create a great atmosphere when your family and friends gather there in the evenings.