Upscale open air kitchens go provincial for most recent pattern See more plans at New Orleans home show NOLAcom

“After 20 years of designing outdoor kitchens, Mickal Vogt of Clearwater Outdoor Creations has seen his share of patio trends come and go. Lately, the pendulum is swinging toward upscale but ultra casual.
“There’s a lot of rustic designs, like tin roofs and barn wood,” he said of the popular structural elements incorporated into outdoor kitchen. The rustic look dovetails nicely with a particularly South Louisiana outdoor passion: the crawfish boil.
Vogt said he often incorporates “power burners” with increased BTU that can be used with everything from a huge crawfish pot to a wok. The “double ring” design of the compact power burner allows for more nuanced temperature control.
There’s also an increased interest in grill components using infrared technology as well as modern rotisserie components and griddles.
Clearwater Outdoor Creations will be one of dozens of vendors showing the latest in home and landscape products and services at the 62nd a
ual New Orleans Home and Garden Show today through Sunday at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.
Even a small outdoor kitchen can be a big investment. The lowest end of the price range — for a simple design with the basic structure already intact — starts at around $6,500, Vogt said. To add in a roof and foundation — some sort of protective structure — the cost lands more in the $20,000 to $30,000 range. As with all things, however, homeowner choices and tastes may add to the costs or help keep them fairly low with a more conservative approach.”

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