Taking the Heart of the Home Outdoors

Taking the Heart of the Home Outdoors


After a long winter here in KC our family is ecstatic that the weather has turned and we can finally spend time together on our patio! Over the last decade we noticed the increase in our customers installing outdoor living spaces to allow spending time outdoors more enjoyable.

The kitchen is the heart of your home! It’s the space where you prepare meals for the ones that you love. Why not take that experience outside?

When customers want to include an outdoor kitchen to their DekTile patio the first thing we look at is the size of the existing space. Do we need to extend the patio to create more room? When the McDonnell family contacted us to help transform their backyard they had an existing patio that they wanted to extend to add more sitting room and they wanted an outdoor cookings space!

The issue with extending an existing concrete patio is the difference in color. The McDonnell’s were wanting the space to have a cohesive design to their patio. This is one reason why customers love the DekTile option is that it allows the space to look like it was always there.

McDonnell Patio And Outdoor Kitchen Design

The second step is choosing materials for your outdoor kitchen as well as the appliances desired for the space. Durable materials are important components of any outdoor kitchen. By choosing natural materials it really causes the space stand out, but more importantly stands against all types of weather!

Here in this space the McDonnells chose a stacked stone with a limestone countertop

The McDonnell’s already had a grill that they wanted built in. We added in a side burner, a trash can, and a cooling drawer. Also, thanks to Fusion Electric we added in led lighting all through out their space.


The McDonnell’s finished space includes an outdoor kitchen, 600sqft of the Midwest Blend DekTile patio, 3 sets of updated steps and new led lighting.

By incorporating a outdoor kitchen station into your DekTile patio design, the chef gets to prepare meals while entertaining their guests! Outdoor kitchens create the perfect environment for outdoor entertaining. Whether you’re hosting a family gathering or a dinner party with friends outdoors an outdoor kitchen space is a place to gather around: have drinks and serve food while creating memories!

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