(BPT) - Outdoor kitchens continue to grow in popularity across the United States. They are a great way to enhance the look of any backyard, while functioning as an extension of your home for entertaining friends or enjoying a casual meal with family. In addition, an attractive well-built outdoor kitchen can greatly increase the financial value of a home. An outdoor kitchen can deliver as much as a 100 to 200 percent return on investment, according to Houzz, a popular home design website.
Building an outdoor kitchen can be a realistic do-it-yourself project for homeowners willing to put forth a little hard work while following the right instructions and using the right materials. Constructing the base of the outdoor kitchen with modular concrete blocks, like RumbleStone by Pavestone, makes the project easy because they are simply stacked like building blocks. Once the base is done, it can be dressed up with a complementary concrete countertop that is not only beautiful, but durable enough to withstand even the most challenging outdoor conditions. Nearly as simple as constructing the base, making concrete countertops is done by filling melamine forms with specially formulated concrete like Quikrete Countertop Mix.