A Guide to Planning Your Outdoor Kitchen

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Thinking about adding an outdoor kitchen to your yard? Read our informative guide before you begin, then let us help you with space planning and appliance selection.

Kitchen Placement and Size

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This large outdoor kitchen covers all the bases – Photo by Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor kitchens come in many configurations and sizes. Rest assured that whatever your dimensions, the addition of an outdoor kitchen will add both value and enjoyment to your outdoor space. Some homeowners choose to place their outdoor kitchen in close proximity to their indoor kitchen in order to make use of existing structural features (walls and overhangs) as well as ease of connecting to existing gas, electrical and plumbing systems.

Should you chose to place your outdoor kitchen far from your home, perhaps near a pool, consider adding additional features for storage and refrigeration to prevent unnecessary trips back to the house.  A sink will allow the convenience of washing your hands and rinsing off platters and utensils, and ice makers, beverage centers and wine chillers designed specifically for outdoors will keep your guests happy and prevent additional trips indoors. If your kitchen is far from your home, you’ll also want to consider protection from the elements and lighting in your plan.

Kitchen Usage and Requirements

Before you get started, consider how often you plan on using your outdoor kitchen as well as who you will be cooking for. If you plan to cook outdoors multiple times a week, add elements that will expand the versatility of your cooking space. A rotisserie, pizza oven, and smoker will allow you to vary your dining experience and expand your cooking skills.

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Select the right cooking tools for your outdoor needs – Photo by Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor Kitchen Construction and Utilities

Many homeowners would like to cut down on the cost of their outdoor kitchen by doing much of the work themselves. While this is certainly possible and will provide a cost savings, here are a few things to know.

  1. Electrical: Make sure your outdoor kitchen contains plenty of electrical connections. A rotisserie grill, refrigeration, and even lighting will require electrical connections. Make sure you plan for enough of them and hire a certified contractor so that your kitchen passes inspection.
  2. Plumbing: Running water is a necessary convenience in many outdoor kitchens,. If you are not placing your kitchen in close proximity to your home, a faucet to rinse hands and platters will be a worthwhile convenience. Once you have that plumbing line set up, you may also want to consider adding an ice maker for cool beverages all season long.
  3. Gas: A built in gas line means never having to replace propane tanks and never running out. Consider this option if you plan on using your outdoor kitchen more than once a week,

If you are looking for ways to cut costs in your outdoor kitchen project, consider purchasing a pre-fabricated outdoor kitchen island. These units come in many configurations and can be purchased with or without appliances. Once installed, you simply need to add stone, tile and counter top material to achieve a custom outdoor kitchen look. Shop our selection of kitchen islands here.

Are you ready to get started making your dream outdoor kitchen a reality? Contact us today for a Free outdoor kitchen design as well as expert advice selecting your appliances.

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Free Teak Storage Box with Dining Set Purchase!

Filed Under: Outdoor Furniture, Sale

If you love to dine outside, you are going to love this month’s special. Now through April 30th, 2016 receive a Free 59″ Teak Storage Box with any dining set purchase of $2500 or more.

A teak storage box is a great place to store your dining chair cushions when not in use. Keeping cushions out of the elements will keep them clean, dry, and ready to use the next time company comes over.

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This 59″ Teak Storage box will help keep you organized inside or out!

This offer is available in the showroom only, so stop by shop our wide selection of dining sets currently in stock.

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Shop our large selection of teak dining tables including this one from renowned brand Gloster.

From traditional to modern – we have outdoor dining sets to fit every outdoor style and budget. Including sets from Gloster, Barlow Tyrie, Kingsley-Bate and our own exclusive AuthenTEAK brand.

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Our Evita dining set is a stylish mix of aluminum and teak with a pedestal base that can accommodate a crowd!

Another great use for this stylish teak storage box is in a mudroom or garage where it can easily double as a convenient bench for putting on shoes, or extra toy and tool storage.

Stop by the showroom before the end of the month to take advantage of this offer.

Battle Pollen Season with Outdoor Furniture Covers

Filed Under: Gardening, Outdoor Furniture

Covers for your outdoor furniture are necessary during the winter months to prevent damage in cold, wet environments. But did you know that during pollen season, outdoor furniture covers can be a huge help as well?

If you live in an area with a large pollen output, you know the frustration of stepping outside to find your outdoor furniture covered in a thin film of yellow powder. This pollen will stick to your clothing if you sit down outside and then be transferred indoors where it can affect allergy sufferers around the clock. If pollen-covered outdoor furniture is keeping you out of your outdoor spaces, or the constant cleaning has become too much, consider investing in a good set of outdoor furniture covers to use when you are not enjoying your outdoor space.

By covering outdoor furniture when not in use, you can keep it clean and ready to entertain. It’s easy to find covers to fit all of your pieces when you shop online at Authenteak. We carry covers by many of the outdoor furniture brands including Kingsley-Bate and Gloster to specifically fit their products, as well as covers by Treasure Garden made in a wide range of sizes to fit outdoor furniture by many different manufacturers.

 

Treasure Garden covers will keep your outdoor furniture pollen free.

Treasure Garden offers a wide range of outdoor furniture covers to fit your needs

Shop covers for Kingsley-Bate outdoor furniture collection

Kingsley-Bate custom tailored covers keep your furniture looking sharp year round

Not sure where to start?

Visit our measuring guide to learn how to measure for outdoor furniture covers.

Need more help? Give us a call in the showroom at 1-800-350-8325 or visit the website to live chat with one of our sales associates.

 

Durable and Stylish Outdoor Furniture

Filed Under: Outdoor Furniture

Are you looking for comfortable outdoor seating that is virtually maintenance-free? If you love the look of upholstered outdoor furniture, but are worried about the care required to maintain it, you will love our new exclusive care-free collection.

This collection includes 5 different styles all made from Nautolex – a polyurethane coated fabric that is specially formulated with anti-microbials, to resist the penetration of mold and mildew, as well as UV protection to resist fading in the sun. Nautolex has been used in the marine industry for over 50 years and can stand up to the harshest outdoor environments, making these collections perfect for residential and commercial use. The interior framework of these pieces is equally weatherproof – constructed from water-resistant materials. All pieces come with a 3-year warranty.

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Have kids, or pets? Or just forgot to cover up your outdoor furniture during inclement weather? With our Care-Free Nautolex collections you never have to worry. Clean up is easy with mild soap and water.

The Angle is the perfect solution for smaller spaces where maintenance-free comfort and style are top priority.

See more styles from this collection online or stop into our West Midtown showroom to see the models pictured above in person.

The Elle sectional

The Social 3-piece seating set

The Met Sectional

Choosing a Fire Pit for Your Backyard or Patio

Filed Under: Fire Pits & Patio Heaters

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As the weather gets cooler, many homeowners turn to fire pits to extend their outdoor season. The warmth they provide can increase your enjoyment of a cool Spring or Fall evening, and there’s nothing more enjoyable than snuggling up with your loved ones in front of a warm fire when the weather is cool. Add in a plate of s’more…perfection!

With so many options available, you might be wondering which fire pit is right for your space and purpose. Do you go with wood burning, propane tank or natural gas line set-up? Read along as we help you sort through your options and pick the perfect fire pit for your family.

Wood Burning Fire Pits

If you are a fire pit purist, wood burning may feel like the only way to go. That smell of burning wood is often the first sign of cold weather ahead and evokes nostalgic memories in many of us. There are many wood burning fire pit models to choose from. We particularly love the decorative feel of Fire Pit Art’s Barefoot Beach model, below.

Barefoot-Beach-Fire-Pit12369This fire pit is constructed from sculpted carbon steel and made to last a lifetime. The steel construction weathers to a rich patina that needs no maintenance.

Love the look of these wood burning fire pits but want the convenience of propane and an electric starter? Many of our wood burning fire pits may be customized with natural gas or propane options and electric starters. When these options are available for a particular model you will find them on the product page listing and be able to customize accordingly.

Click the image above to shop this fire pit on our site, or click here to see all of our wood burning fire pit options.

 

Propane Fire Pits

If you are looking for a fire pit that will be ready at the turn of a knob, a propane tank model is a good choice. Perfect for an outdoor seating area, a propane tank model eliminates the smoke that wood burning models produce and are always ready to light up. These models work with fire glass or lava rock inserts which provide a decorative look and no ash to clean up.

A propane tank or natural gas fire pit is a family-friendly option as you can more easily control the flames, and immediately shut the fire pit with the valve if need be. It also eliminates the burning eyes some experience around wood smoke.

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Click the image above to shop this popular fire pit by Bentintoshape, or click here to shop all of our hidden propane tank options.

 

Natural Gas Fire Pits

If you are in the process of planning your outdoor space and know you want it to include a fire pit, plan in advance for your natural gas line to connect to it. This option provides you with an easily accessible, instant fire pit experience whenever the weather is right. The gas line connection also takes up less space than a stored tank fire pit, so your fire pit can have a lower profile resulting in a more comfortable height for seating areas. Here’s one of our favorites by Dekko.

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Click the image above to shop this modern fire pit filled with beach stone. Click here to shop all gas line fire pits.

Still have questions? Call our showroom during business hours and our experienced staff will help you select the perfect fire pit for your needs.

Quick Update: A Teak Shower Bench for Your Bathroom

Filed Under: Design Ideas, Outdoor Furniture

spa_bench_teakDoes your bathroom need a little pick-me-up? If a full scale renovation is not in your plans, consider adding a touch of high-end spa luxury with a long lasting teak spa bench.

Teak spa benches come in many sizes and can be the perfect accessory to add a touch of natural warmth to a stark, modern bathroom. They work equally well in more traditional surroundings, and add a place for you to rest bath accessories, or even a leg, when shaving in the shower as well as a place to sit.

When shopping for a wooden shower bench, make sure you are buying authentic teak. The qualities of teak wood make it the only choice for a shower bench. The durability of this wood is in part due to the oils it contains which make it impervious to rot in damp environments – like your shower.

Take a look at some images from Houzz to see how designers have utilized teak shower benches in their bathroom design. Then, shop our selection of authentic teak shower bench styles to fit your bath.

Asian-Inspired Teak Shower Bench

Contemporary Bathroom by Ottawa Architects & Building Designers Southam Design Inc

The Asian inspired teak shower bench is a perfect complement to the spare, contemporary style of the bathroom pictured above, and works great in the large, glass-enclosed shower. See our version of this bench here.

Corner Teak Shower Bench

When space is limited, try a corner teak bench. With time, unfinished teak will weather from the original natural honey color to a silvery grey finish like the one pictured here. Click here to see our corner teak spa bench.

Teak Bench with Storage Shelf

Contemporary Bathroom by San Francisco Architects & Building Designers modern house architects

Whether inside the shower or out, we can all benefit from a little more storage space. Pick a bench with a storage shelf like the one pictured above and use it to store towels for a truly spa-like feel. See one of our top picks here.

Want to see more? Click here to shop all of our Teak Spa Bench styles online now.

Hot Gifts for the Grill Master

Filed Under: Grilling

 

Have a Grill Guy or Gal on your gift list this year? The outdoor cooking category is hot this year with loads of new accessories and innovative products to delight BBQ and ceramic smoker fans. If you have a loved one who loves to cook outdoors, take a look at these hot gift ideas.

A Cast Iron Wok

cast iron wok for grill or smokerOne of our top selling grill accessories is this cast iron wok by Kamado Joe. Originally invented in China for the purpose of cooking over a charcoal fire, a cast iron wok makes a perfect grill accessory for the outdoor cooking aficionado on your list. While fans of healthy cooking can certainly use this tool to make healthy vegetable dishes, the fun does not end there. Campers and BBQ fans alike have discovered the Wok’s usefulness for a variety of other outdoor cooking adventures including fajitas, scrambled eggs and even popcorn. This heavy cast iron model will expand your outdoor cooking repertoire dramatically and last a lifetime if properly cared for.

Buy our top selling wok by Kamado Joe online at AuthenTEAK.com today.

A Pizza Stone

 

pizza stone for bbq grillThe Pizza Stone is a must-have grill accessory these days. This cooking tool extends the versatility of your grill or smoker by creating crowd pleasing – and kid friendly – pizzas with a delicious coal-fired flavor you can only get by cooking outdoors. But it doesn’t stop there. Use your pizza stones to cook quesadillas or warm tortillas to go with your Mexican style cook out. Then, put a sweet finish on your outdoor feast and use it to bake cookies on the grill. With a little creativity, the possibilities are endless. And delicious!

This 13″ pizza stone by Primo will work on your grill or smoker and can be purchased at AuthenTEAK.com.

The LooftLighter

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Have you heard of the Looft Lighter? This innovative Swedish-made device can get your charcoal or wood fire lit in 60 seconds or less with no harmful chemicals, and completely eliminates the need for rolled up paper, matches, chemical additives or any other fire starters.

Tired of having to wait till the lighter fluid burns off before you can start cooking? This handy BBQ accessory will completely eliminate the need for accelerants in your campfire or charcoal grill for a healthier – and quicker – cook out.

Learn more about the LooftLighter and take advantage of our special price this month at AuthenTEAK.com.

A Remote Digital Thermometer

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Cooking with an outdoor smoker tends to be an all-day affair. You can bring your chef back indoors during the cold months with the gift of a remote digital thermometer. Get alerts on the receiver when your grill gets too hot, or your meat is at the perfect temperature with this device which works at up to a 300 ft range. This means more time inside watching the game on TV while your meal cooks to perfection in the backyard.

The Primo Digital Remote Thermometer allows you to program multiple timers and has a back lit LCD screen for use at night. Order it today from AuthenTEAK.com here.

A New Grill or Smoker

The ultimate gift for your grilling and smoking fan? An upgrade! Come into our showroom where our expert staff can assist you with all your outdoor cooking needs from smokers and standalone grills to fully built-in professional outdoor kitchens. We carry the best brands in the industry, including Lynx, Alfresco, Primo, Kamado Joe and Weber.

Plus, stop by our showroom this month and take 20% off all in-stock Weber Gas grills.

Stylish, Durable, Colorful Outdoor Fabrics

Filed Under: Design Ideas
This beautiful outdoor living room highlights what fabrics are available from Sunbrella Fabrics and how amazing they look in this romantic setting.

This beautiful outdoor living room highlights what fabrics are available from Sunbrella Fabrics and how amazing they look in this romantic setting.

When choosing a fabric for your outdoor furniture you can’t go wrong with Sunbrella 100 percent solution-dyed acrylic fabrics. High-quality Sunbrella fabrics are used in a variety of outdoor applications including patio furniture, umbrellas and awnings. Sunbrella is also huge in the marine industry and can be found on small boats and luxurious yachts around the globe. These high-performance all-weather fabrics are stain, fade, moisture, mildew and mold resistant, making them suitable for virtually any climate. Sunbrella Fabrics are available in a wide range of colors, styles and patterns, making the design of your outdoor space a breeze.

The fabrics displayed on these colorful pillows gives you a glimpse at how perfect they will look in your outdoor setting.

The fabrics displayed on these colorful pillows gives you a glimpse at how perfect they will look in your outdoor setting.

Another terrific option for innovative and stylish outdoor fabrics is from Silver State. Silver State offers over 500 exclusive patterns and colors of Sunbrella fabrics, including a dynamic selection of decorative fabrics from their Alaxi collection. Luxurious Silver State fabrics are crafted with today’s color trends in mind, while the numerous colors, patterns and textures stand up well to day-to-day living. These stylish fabrics can be used to create an accent piece or cover your outdoor furniture in your favorite design.

Perennials outdoor fabrics, made of 100 percent solution-dyed acrylic, are a collection of solids, reversible’s, prints, woven’s, stripes and trims that will transform your garden, pool, patio or deck into an outdoor oasis. These high-design fabrics are resistant to mildew, mold and fading for any environment, and are even suitable for use indoors! When deciding which outdoor furniture fabric to use, be sure to consider Perennials for a textile that is always in vogue. Please visit the AuthenTEAK showroom in Atlanta to see and feel the entire collection of fabrics.

Great Kingsley-Bate Teak Supply

Filed Under: Outdoor Furniture

With Spring in full bloom and the long days of Summer right around, we are stocked in teak outdoor furniture from Kingsley-Bate.  The supply of reclaimed teak, stainless-steel and popular all-weather wicker collections like the Sag Harbor are good and should be abundant throughout 2015.

AuthenTEAK currently has a large inventory of Kingsley-Bate teak in-stock, including numerous items available for shipping within one business day. Furthermore, supplies of Barlow Tyrie and Gloster teak furniture appear to be normal.  In fact, Gloster appears to have more teak on hand than at any previous time we can recall. Gloster has plenty of stock in their core product lines of Ventura, Cape, Kingston, Halifax and Bristol.

Please view our website at www.authenteak.com or visit our Atlanta showroom.

Beautifully Designed Outdoor Throw Pillows

Filed Under: Design Ideas
This beautifully designed outdoor throw pillow imparts a sense of luxury and comfort to any outdoor furniture.

This beautifully designed outdoor throw pillow imparts a sense of luxury and comfort to any outdoor furniture.

Making your outdoor living area stylish is easy by adding decorative outdoor pillows to your existing deep seating furniture collection. Using luxurious Elaine Smith Pillows, you can add a colorful, sometimes whimsical style to your patio furniture. Sizes range from small rectangular lumbar pillows to large 24 inch square pillows that will accompany any sectional. These pillows are made with Sunbrella Fabrics and are mold and mildew resistant.

 

This hand structured non-woven pillow is soft and inviting when added to any Authenteak outdoor couch, chair or chaise lounge.

This hand structured non-woven pillow is soft and inviting when added to any Authenteak outdoor couch, chair or chaise lounge.

Another throw pillow option from Trans-Ocean is designer Liora Manne’s newest line of throw pillows. These all-weather pillows are unique because they are made using the patented process called Lamountage, which combines handmade artistry with high tech processing. The pillows are made of one hundred percent intricately hand structured polyester microfibers. They are then mechanically interlocked by needle-punching to create a textile that resembles felt. This process makes the pillows extra soft with fantastic durability. The removable zipper- closure covers make for easy care. The pillows are hand washable with mild detergent. These beautiful throw pillows are a perfect addition to any recreational living area.

The Classic Cushions 18 inch Square Throw Pillow, made with Sunbrella fabrics, is the perfect pillow to use outdoors. This versatile toss pillow is weather-resistant and sure to meet your outdoor needs. The fabric is stain, fade and moisture resistant. The self-welt adds a touch of style while the outdoor-proof inner core helps this throw pillow last season after season. The easy care stain-resistant fabrics are cleanable with a solution of natural soap and lukewarm water. Sponge the pillow with the lukewarm solution and allow it to air dry. This beautiful throw pillow, available at AuthenTEAK, will add comfort and beauty to your outdoor living area.