Gone are the days when homeowners would simply park a portable grill on the back patio to cook outdoors. More and more homeowners today are opting for fully equipped outdoor kitchens with all of the bells and whistles. When planning an outdoor kitchen, you will want to make sure you have ample countertop space for prep work. With a rising interest in do-it-yourself projects, an increasing number of homeowners are planning to install their own DIY concrete countertops when constructing outdoor kitchens.
Concrete Countertop Forms Available for Any Experience Level
While a DIY concrete countertop might sound somewhat daunting, it is entirely possible to build your own countertops with the right tools. The Z-Counterform systems were specifically designed to make it as easy as possible to build concrete countertops. In fact, with these tools, practically anyone is able to achieve professional, high-quality results, even those who have little to no previous experience working with concrete.
Wide Variety of Options Available for Concrete Countertop Edging
With this countertop form, you can create cast-in-place countertops featuring a variety of edge styles, including Rock face, Double Fancy, Square Edge, Fancy Edge, Half Bullnose, and Full Bullnose. If you are thinking of installing a faucet for more convenient prep work in your kitchen, you can also opt for a reusable rubber faucet knockout. By reducing labor time and eliminating the need for drilling into cabinets or using double-sided tape, the Z-Counterform makes it possible to create beautiful countertops in your outdoor kitchen in very little time.
The process for using Z-Counterforms is also quite easy. Simply place the forms on a ½-inch cement backer board and then fit the forms to the back walls and edges. If you prefer, you can also use caulk to make sure you have a completely leakproof form. Once that is done, you are ready to begin pouring the concrete mix. After the concrete has properly cured, the forms can be snapped off. Thanks to the unique design of the Z-Counterform, you can break it off after curing the concrete, and that’s all there is to it. You’re finished.
Installing your own DIY concrete countertops in your outdoor kitchen can be a great way to increase your livable outdoor space while saving a ton of money on the cost of building the kitchen you want.