Outdoor kitchens have becoming the popular place for family and friends to gather for everything from impromptu Friday night dinners to weekend binge watching your favorite football teams.
A family from Marietta, Ga recently asked us to help make their new outdoor kitchen more useful. Their Issue: Granite Countertops are Beautiful and Hot
Their outdoor kitchen included a black granite countertop and inviting bar space to entertain family and friends. During the day the countertop was exposed to the direct sun. Even after a few hours in the sun, the granite would become so hot that it was nearly impossible to use.
The solution: A Sunair retractable awning. Retractable awnings provide instant shade to any outdoor living space. The motorized awning covered the countertop as well as guests with the simple touch of a button. The customer chose a Sunbrella Fabric in Taupe. The light neutral colored fabric helps to keep the space cooler by reflecting the heat and harmful rays of the direct sun away from the patio space.
The awning was mounted against the deck to expand the covered outdoor living space in the customer’s back yard. On cloudy days or when the shade is not needed, the awning easily retracts out of the way. Although most people think of awnings for sun control, they can be used in light rain while monitored and offer a great way to continue using an outdoor space in mildly inclement weather.