What better way to spend time with your friends and family, relaxing and cooking in your own custom built outdoor kitchen space!
The cabinets of an outdoor kitchen can be made with many different materials. In the Texas environment, it’s critical that you’re investing your money in a product that is constructed with the most durable product available: ClifRock concrete panels. This is not to be confused with concrete block! Our cabinets are constructed with an innovative ClifRock product which is comprised of GFRC concrete. GFRC Concrete is a solid substrate that will not rust, oxidize, warp, deteriorate, or otherwise be compromised by other environmental factors such as pests (termites), water, salt water (if you are near the ocean), or humidity. A Gebhardt Designs kitchen is a permanent seamless extension of your home. Our outdoor kitchens can be hosed off, rained on, and built/placed without having to be roofed. And unlike concrete block, poured in place concrete allows for better utilization of storage space inside the cabinets.
Outdoor Kitchens can look identical in photographs, or even in person. When considering what material to use for your base frame, a good analogy to keep in mind is the comparison of an above ground pool to an in ground pool. It’s the “bones” of the outdoor kitchen that are SO important. While an above ground pool can cost thousands, it is not a permanent, seamless extension of a home like an in ground concrete pool is. No matter how well it’s maintained, eventually the above ground pool will deteriorate and need to be torn down and replaced. Outdoor Kitchens are much the same way. If you’re going to spend thousands of dollars to improve your home, make sure you are purchasing something that will be there for as long as you own your home.
An extremely important question to ask yourself is, “Are the materials being used combustible?”. Keep in mind the extreme heat that can be created when grilling outdoors.
Below are materials you want to avoid, and the reasons why:
Aluminum/Metal frame with backerboard – This is probably one of the most common ways companies are constructing outdoor kitchens today. While sometimes (but not always) less expensive, aluminum/metal frame outdoor kitchens utilize a cement backer board which is laminated (screwed) onto the metal framework.
The galvanized metal studs WILL rust, especially at the cut edges and where there are screw connections. Aluminum frame cabinets will oxidize over time and because it’s a laminate structure, it can dilapidate easier over time. Metal frame laminate cabinets are not as structural as concrete solid cabinets. Over time the elements can erode the integrity of the cabinets and they will eventually need to be replaced. Even before replacement is necessary, this can cause your countertops to begin sinking in various spots, causing them to become uneven and unsightly.
Remember, this is an area where you will not only be entertaining, but serving food and beverages to your guests. A dilapidating countertop/outdoor kitchen won’t impress your guests!
Polymer Cabinets – Although polymer cabinets can sometimes provide a bit more storage, they are essentially a plastic, and therefore, combustible material. Outdoor Kitchens constructed with polymer cabinets require the added expense of an insulated sleeve to help in the prevention of fires. Additionally, polymer cabinets do not provide the aesthetics of an outdoor kitchen constructed of “natural” materials which blend with the exterior of your existing home. Aesthetically, the finished product gives the appearance of an “add on” feature to your home (remember the in-ground vs. above ground pool analogy). At Gebhardt Designs, our goal is to design and build an outdoor kitchen which blends seamlessly to your existing home.
Wood – Due to the advancements in outdoor kitchen construction, this is an outdated and less used method of construction. First and foremost, wood is also a combustible material. Even with the added expense and security of an insulated sleeve, wood is a dangerous material to use around equipment which gets as hot as a grill and/or side burners. Outdoor Kitchens constructed with wood do not hold up in the Texas environment and generally do not last more than a few years. Wood desinigrates, warps, and attracts pests such as termites. No matter how inexpensive you can build an outdoor kitchen out of wood (even lumber that has been pressure treated or treated for pests), they are a very temporary structure.
Prefabricated Modular Units (constructed of various materials depending on the company) – Again, the advantage of an outdoor kitchen constructed from pre-fabricated modular units is that the cost may be slightly lower than poured in place concrete. However, the difference in the final product is tremendous. Do you really want to spend thousands of dollars on something you plug in and use duct tape to hide the cord? Prefabricated modular units are temporary and do not give you any return on your investment.
Affordable Alternative to Traditional Materials
ClifRock Outdoor Kitchens are the affordable alternative to stone masonry - easy to install, real stone look and completely customizable. Each project is unique to your taste and backyard - while providing the timeless look and feel of natural stone. The Clifrock Outdoor Kitchen panel system quickly assembles into a virtually limitless combination of configurations. ClifRock panel products can be assembled in just hours- creating a custom kitchen that you can enjoy for years to come.
Eliminate construction waste and additional labor time associated with traditional masonry block installations. No other outdoor living system can be installed so quickly, easily, and affordably produce such a striking visual impact while adding permanent value to your home.
Color Options and Panel Stone Profiles
You love the aesthetics of stone masonry, but cannot fathom paying the high prices for installation. The ClifRock Panel System is a patent-pending, durable precast rock panels that make it easy and affordable to create an outdoor living environment that looks and feels like real stone.
ClifRock Kitchen Panels are available in different stone profiles:
Click here for stain and countertop color brochures:
Layout and Design Process
Custom design your own outdoor kitchen space with ClifRock Stone Panel System. The ClifRock Kitchen System creates infinitely configurable kitchen layouts in several stone profiles.
Give us a call today to set up a meeting where we can help you understand the range of options and configurations possible with the ClifRock Panel System. Once a design has been established, we will give you an estimated cost for your project.
1. Select where you would like to build your outdoor kitchen
2. Choose the appliances and amenities - we carry Bull Outdoor Products- or feel free to purchase your own and have us install them!
3. Choose the layout and size of the counter and bar space
4. Select the stone profile and color to compliment your backyard and property
5. Select a countertop material - we can create a ClifRock counter top as well!
Once a design and layout have been established and installation date scheduled,
the panel materials needed will be cast to spec and transported to the job site.
Eliminate construction waste and additional time associated with traditional
masonry block installations.
We are very excited to offer standard outdoor kitchen packages starting at $5,000! Click to view brochure!
Lifetime Limited Warranty on Concrete Cabinets
This lifetime limited warranty covers the structural integrity of the concrete for as long as you own the cabinetry.
Your custom built Outdoor Kitchen with poured concrete cabinets was built to provide you with a lifetime of outdoor entertainment with friends and family. Should the concrete cabinets’ structural integrity fail due to normal wear and tear, Gebhardt Designs will replace them free of charge.
This warranty goes into effect from the date of construction and does not cover accident, acts of God, misuse, negligence, alteration, abuse, or removal. Nor does it apply in the case of normal wear and tear of the ceramic tile, accent tile, backsplash or other decorative or accent areas of the outdoor kitchen such as under counter lighting.
This warranty does not cover features and conditions that are inherent in the ceramic species, the style, the finish, or finish attributes. This warranty is strictly for the concrete cabinets and does not include plumbing, electrical, gas hookups or any other aspect of the outdoor kitchen beyond the concrete cabinets themselves.
This warranty does not cover damage to tile, peeling of paint, fading of paint, changes in rock fascia or any other cosmetic aging of the outdoor kitchen caused from exposure to extremes in temperature or humidity or the natural effects caused by aging of ceramic, granite, or other products and finishes due to the natural reaction of to UV light, the natural variation in grain or color of ceramic or other material, or any visible cracking around joint areas. In addition, drawer guides and hinges on all cabinets have warranties provided by their respective manufacturers.
If the concrete cabinets are found to be defective under conditions of normal use and service, Gebhardt Designs, at its sole discretion and following thorough reviews and inspections of the product, will either repair or replace the defective product.
Gebhardt Designs' liability under this warranty is expressly limited to replacement or repair of the product, and in no event shall Gebhardt Designs be liable in any way for consequential or incidental damages of any kind. Gebhardt Designs shall not be liable for any damage or errors resulting from or related to the use of its products.
This warranty is offered to the original purchaser of the cabinets at the original site of installation and is transferable to subsequent owners only with the expressed written consent of Gebhardt Designs. This warranty applies only to the concrete cabinets. Any warranties on related products such as the grill, refrigerator, or other appliances remains under the jurisdiction of the relevant company which manufactured each product.
This warranty is the exclusive warranty granted by Gebhardt Designs and is in lieu of all other warranties, expressed or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose and is further limited to replacement or repair of defective parts or materials only. Damage incurred in removal, repair, or exchange, as well as incidental and consequential damages connected therewith, are excluded and will not be paid by Gebhardt Designs. Some states do not allow the exclusion of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.
To file a warranty claim request, the warranty holder should contact Gebhardt Designs directly. Proof of original purchase is required. Gebhardt Designs reserves the right to make changes in materials and specifications for Gebhardt Designs' cabinets without prior notification but we have no obligation to incorporate such changes in products that were previously constructed. This warranty replaces any implied warranties.
Below are the appliances Gebhardt Designs carries - feel free to download!
Call us at 210-827-6733 today for a FREE design consultation! This includes a 3D drawing of your project!