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Outdoor kitchens are not something “new” and, in fact, have been around far longer than indoor kitchens. If you recall, when people were having their wooly mammoth roasts, just after the dinosaurs, it was not likely indoors...maybe a cave at best. It took a very, very long time before cooking became commonplace indoors, and now, there is a big push to return cooking to its roots, the great outdoors. There is one caveat though, we want the same civility we have come to enjoy from our indoor kitchens.

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Backyard grilling has always been a mainstay of summertime, but now we are seeing that rusty old grill replaced by fully functional cooking stations that become the focal point and extension of one’s indoor entertainment space. Today’s outdoor kitchens have changed dramatically in the last decade and can be created in many budget ranges. Unfortunately bigger and bolder usually means a busted budget. You can always use the stacked paver systems if you are okay with the same thing your neighbors have. Even the prebuilt packages available online provide little in the way of design or finish options.

If you really want a custom look kitchen with freedom of appliances, your choice in surface top, and not need a mortgage, look no further than the Walttools modular panel system.

This innovative lightweight concrete panel system allows you to set up a custom kitchen in a weekend that will certainly help make your backyard be the talk of the neighborhood.

Building a stone style outdoor kitchen with a granite, slate top or concrete top can be quite expensive using conventional methods. With the Walttools modular panels, you get that look without the extensive time and labor. You can put that labor cost savings toward the appliance budget.

The simplicity is in the precast cut stone panels. They are made in two sizes and allow you to configure most any shape you want. In an hour or two you can make your appliance cutouts where you like and either install a natural surface top or form up and pour a concrete countertop. They can be placed on any sound patio, even wood decks in some cases.

Is it permanent? Yes and no. They can be constructed both ways. The larger designs would be considered permanent, although they could be disassembled and rebuilt especially if they were completed with a top such as granite or slate. The smaller islands can be built on a pre-made frame and moved around intact if you insist on mobility.

Whether you want a small grill island or a full three-sided kitchen with a raised bar, this clever system can help allow you to achieve that far easier than you expected. They are available in predetermined package designs or as individual panels, both with or without appliances, and can ship right to your door for your assembly. It’s time to get your grilling clothes on!

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 If you choose appliances thru Contractor Source, we support two excellent, high-quality lines. Coyote and Delta Heat.  Either has a great selection of everything you may need for your outdoor cooking dreams. If you do not find what you need, let us know so we can track it down for you.

For a video to see how to assemble one of these kitchens, check out this You Tube video

CAS sealer srayWhen you’re in the market for sealers, one of the first things you notice is how many options you have available. It can even feel overwhelming. Keep in mind the right sealer will make all the difference, though. Picking the wrong one could be costly. One way you can limit your options and still come out with a great choice is by only considering non-toxic concrete sealers. Let’s take a look at the benefits of using these sealers and what your options are.

sealer shotWhen most of us think of concrete, we think of an extremely durable material that can put up with the elements all year round, but that’s not necessarily the case. Concrete is quite susceptible to the elements. In fact, it’s vulnerable to things like moisture, stains, dirt, and other forms of debris. The constant wear and tear can quickly grind away at the surface of your concrete floor and cause huge problems when large areas are weakened. As such, it’s essential you choose from the numerous concrete sealers available and apply it in a timely manner. So, which type of sealer to choose?

 Patterns You Can Make Using Rubber Concrete StampsImagine how much you could improve your success as a contractor if you could create any type of surface for your clients? Instead of specializing in only providing hardwood, ceramic tile, brick, or any other materials, you could offer all of the possibilities.

This option is made possible if you use decorative concrete products and rubber concrete stamps. Concrete stamping supplies allow you to transform boring concrete slabs into nearly any type of artistic and elegant surface. These products provide the look of more expensive building textures and have the durability of concrete.

soaring eagle dye n seal 11 It is certainly true that using decorative concrete can lead to easier, faster, and more affordable installations than when working with other materials. However, this does not mean that contractors can afford to be sloppy or disordered with their work.

There are best practices that must be followed when using rubber concrete stamps to create high-quality designs on surfaces. When proper techniques are followed, this can be a very successful process. If proper techniques are not followed, the concrete can turn into a disaster zone.

garagepaintwithchipsThere are homeowners and business owners everywhere who are embarrassed by the state of their concrete surfaces. Concrete that has seen a lot of foot traffic or has been used in garages can become cracked, stained, and eroded over the years. Fortunately, epoxy concrete coatings can provide a solution.

As a contractor, you can provide high-quality and much needed services to your clients if you are able to make their concrete surfaces look better than they did when they were installed. Decorative concrete materials give you that opportunity.

coast mountain sports edmontonConcrete coatings are not just being used for industrial purposes any longer. They are growing in demand among many commercial property owners and homeowners, as well. It is easier to understand this growing trend when you consider the many design possibilities that come with using epoxy concrete coatings and other decorative concrete coatings and supplies.

cracked concreteWe all know the saying and most of us probably will step a little further just to avoid hurting dear mom. When it comes to decorative or stamped concrete, pride and expectations are often hurt more when unsightly cracks appear. Cracks in a decorative surface tend to send ugly signals that tell people “stamped concrete cracks.” Being true in a sense, as with almost any concrete, proper planning along with setting customer expectations will help a lot. Despite the choice of pavers providing a longer list of eventual unsightly issues, concrete cracks are the biggest push people feel when making that decision to avoid decorative concrete.

img 0968What is an Acid Stain?

Just as the name implies, acid concrete stains use acids to etch and help transform the color of concrete. Either phosphoric acid or hydrochloric acid will be used, in addition to metallic salts, to cause chemical reactions in the surface of the concrete. These chemical reactions cause changes in the color of the concrete that cause the surface to look like natural stone or marble, which makes this a favored method among designers and homeowners.

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