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Brighten Up Your Outdoor Kitchen Suite with Bistro String Lights

Brighten up your outdoor kitchen suite with bistro string lights

We don’t want to thank the global pandemic for much of anything, for sure, but it is safe to say that many of us have become more appreciative of our own outdoors. You know, front porches and backyard spaces that surround our home. And while owning an outdoor kitchen suite can do wonders for transforming the backyard patio, there is just something about bistro string lights to complete the look.

Instead of viewing the backyard as a separate outdoor area that is just there, we can view it as an extension of our living space. We can also begin to really uncover the potential of the space and realize just how comfortable it could be to sit outside and breathe in the fresh air – without ever leaving home.

Let’s look at some of the ways an outdoor kitchen suite enhances your backyard space and why you should brighten it up with bistro string lights.

Perks of Having an Outdoor Living Space

When you decide to transform your outdoor living space, you can take advantage of many different perks that you just can’t get when you are stuck indoors. A few of the biggest, most-pronounced benefits include:

-The ability to entertain and have dinner parties and social gatherings with friends and family. Everyone can spread out, and you don’t have to worry about any damage or messes indoors, either.

-Outdoor kitchen suites allow you to have everything you need right where you need it. This includes the grill, the outdoor refrigerator, the storage, and even a sink. No need to keep going in and out of the house!

-Soak up the vitamin D from the sun and grant your lungs their wish for fresh air to breathe.

-Enhance your overall well-being with freshly growing plants, flowers, trees, herbs, and more. You may even want to consider adding a small garden.

As if all of these perks were not enough, you should know that having an outdoor living space can boost the value of your home, too.

What Your Backyard Patio Needs

The idea of having a welcoming backyard may be exciting, but if you haven’t done anything with yours, where do you start? What does your backyard patio need? First, you need a vision of what you hope to get from the space. Then, you need the following:

Clear any clutter or debris. If you have not used your backyard in a while, you may find that it is full of clutter or debris. Maybe plants or grass are overgrown. Maybe your weeds are growing through your pavers. Or maybe the area has just been a catch-all for the outdoor kids’ toys. Whatever it is, clear it out. Find a permanent storage space for the toys, get to work on your lawn, or call in the landscapers. Do what you need to do to give yourself some space.

An outdoor kitchen suite. This will draw you outdoors in the first place. When you have a nice setup to cook, you are going to want to spend time outdoors. As you do, you will come up with even more ideas. Besides, outdoor kitchen suites by Thor Kitchen look much too good to be left sitting there alone.

Invest in seating. As you wait on your steaks to cook, you are going to want to sit back and relax. And that means you will want to invest in a comfortable, enticing place to sit down. Depending on your preference and your space, you may want lounge chairs, loungers, a chaise lounge, deep-seated chairs, Adirondack chairs, an outdoor dining table with chairs and an umbrella, or all of the above.

Make it inviting. You want to make your space someplace where you will want to spend time. Add some flowers and plants, an outdoor rug, keep the best view open, and so on. Keep it private, if possible, and add a source of shade, too. The more welcoming you make your outdoor space, the more you will be sure to enjoy it.

Light it up. Once you have an outdoor space, you are not just going to want to spend time out there in the daytime but at night, too. Adding some decorative lights can be a great way to light up the space and make it more usable. Do not just rely on your outside flood light. Instead, string some bistro lights throughout the space to top off the look.

Why Bistro String Lights?

Bistro string lights are a very popular choice for lighting up your outdoor kitchen suite area for many different reasons. For one, they can be hung wherever there is activity. They are easy enough to install that you can do it anywhere and light up the space.

These lights set the mood for your backyard space. They are bright enough to see but still offer a cozy, warm atmosphere. Bistro string lights are dazzling and pretty -, and they allow you to get creative in how you hang them. You can string them across the patio, hang them along the covered overhang, or even string them from tree to tree.

Some bistro string lights involve the need for electrical outlets, while others are solar, battery-powered, or rechargeable. This gives you options when looking for the best fit for your space. In other words, if your entertainment area lacks power outlets, you can still light up the space beautifully.

Another benefit of these lights? Security. It helps those who visit to be able to see where they are going so that there are no accidents, but it also lights up the space to deter those with ill intentions. After all, thieves love dark, hidden spaces.

When it comes down to it, bistro string lights are an affordable lighting solution for backyard spaces, but they leave a huge impact on its overall feel.

A Year-Round Backyard Space

If you have an outdoor kitchen suite with bistro lights, it doesn’t matter what time of year it is – you will want to be outdoors feeling free. If that means adding a fireplace, then add the fireplace. When the cooler weather strikes and you are tired of being stuck inside, you are sure to be grateful for this outdoor space.

Ready to shop? Visit THOR Kitchen online and find a dealer near you for stainless steel kitchen appliances, including a full outdoor kitchen suite.

9 Kitchen Remodel Tips for Style, Comfort, and Ease

9 kitchen remodel tips for style, comfort, and ease

Whether you love cooking or not, there is a good chance that you spend a lot of time in your kitchen. It is a common space in the home where everyone comes together to spend time with one another, indulge in something delish from a beautiful stainless steel refrigerator, socialize and sip a glass of wine from a built-in wine cooler, or even help the kids with homework. It is no wonder that they dub the kitchen the heart of the home. However, there may come a time when things change in and around the home, prompting you to… let’s say, seek some kitchen remodel tips. Right?

Though as much as we love for things to remain the same, as time passes, things can change – and you will want your kitchen to grow along with your family. This means investing in a few changes that can keep it both beautiful and functional. You don’t have to do a huge remodel to get big results. Simple, effective steps that will improve your kitchen’s style, comfort, and ease will make it a more enjoyable space for everyone.

Kitchen Remodel Tips You Can Apply

Of course, you will want to use your creativity to bring it all together. In the meantime, we’ve put together nine kitchen remodel tips to help you get started on your next journey.

1. Reduce Your Steps with the Right Layout

The layout of the kitchen is important. It doesn’t make sense to have your sink on one side of the kitchen and your cooktop on another – with your refrigerator around the corner. Your kitchen should flow easily as you are using it. In other words, cooking dinner shouldn’t be included as a great way to hit your 10,000 steps for the day.

Consider a layout that is beneficial to how and what you cook. The most flexible and most popular design seems to be the L-shaped kitchen. A U-shaped kitchen layout is a close runner-up. Both allow you easy access to all areas of the kitchen in a way that just makes sense.

2. Color Pleasing to the Eye

You may want to add color to your kitchen, but you want to treat the color in your kitchen a little differently than in other rooms. For instance, a little color in the kitchen goes a long way. You don’t want to have brightly painted cabinets, walls, and a colorful backsplash, for example. Pick one.

3. Choosing the Right Refrigerator

Having the right refrigerator can make a huge difference in how well you enjoy your space. And this 36-inch French door refrigerator with freezer drawers by Thor Kitchen is one that you won’t want to miss.

It has open space, ample storage, LED showcase lighting (think, no missing leftovers), an automatic ice maker, and so much more. The French doors take up less space when opening, and the freezer drawers offer many ways to stay organized.

4. Keep it Cool with Induction Cooking

Induction cooking has been around for quite a while, but it is just now starting to grow in popularity. It is a safe method of cooking that uses a magnetic field to get the heat from inside the cooktop to the pan without ever making the surface hot.

Induction cooking is fast, efficient, and precise. Thor Kitchen offers a 30-inch and a 36-inch Induction cooktop with LED digital display, power boost, nine power levels, automatic shut-off, and more.

5. Extra Cooking Space with an Electric Cooktop

You may have your range, but why not add extra cooking space with an electric cooktop? For those who cook a lot, sometimes having the extra burners can ensure everyone gets to eat a hot meal all at the same time.

This 36-inch electric cooktop from Thor Kitchen comes with powerful burners, nine power levels, touch class controls, five elements, and so much more you won’t want to miss. This works perfectly when placed on your kitchen island. It is a Good Design Award Winner, too – so, ahem, if you are looking to make good design choices, it’s a solid pick.

6. Bring Convenience to Your Range

When you are standing at your range, it is convenient to have a lot of things easily accessible. So, arrange it that way by bringing convenience to it. Adding a nearby shelf to hold various cooking oils that you use is a great idea. Also, utilizing S hooks to hang pots, pans, or various utensils can help out a lot. Finally, keep your spices close by to easily add flavor to your dishes.

7. Light it Up

Lighting is so important in a kitchen. Generic overhead lights work great, but it doesn’t give your kitchen much character or personalization. Try investing in at least one eye-catching unique light that will stand out in the space.

As for natural lighting, take advantage of it – especially in small kitchens.

8. Organize, Organize, Organize

Because you do spend so much time in the kitchen, it is easy for it to get cluttered. Minimize the clutter by taking steps to keep everything organized. There are many different types of organizational systems you can look into to find what works best in your space.

9. Choose a Versatile Finish

Let’s be real, there is a good chance that there will come a time when you will no longer like the look of your kitchen. You will decide that it is time for a change and want to begin taking steps to remodel your space. Except, you realize that you have invested in kitchen appliances that don’t blend well with other decor or design styles. For instance, red appliances may really pop when used with one design, but they definitely won’t fit with everything.

Stainless steel appliances, on the other hand, are classy, timeless, and versatile. They can be used in all types of design options for your kitchen, so you will never limit yourself. When purchasing a stainless steel kitchen suite, you get all the appliances you need with the exact same beautiful finish for a uniform look.

Shop THOR Kitchen for Modern Appliances

Alright, well, there ya have it. What are you waiting for? Take the steps now to create a kitchen with a style that you will feel comfortable spending time in for years to come!

THOR Kitchen on CBS’s Secret Celebrity Renovation | Annaleigh Ashford | S2 E4

Tony Award Winner Annaleigh Ashford returns to her childhood home in Denver to give her recently retired mother, Holli, the home renovation of her dreams. After years of making Annaleigh’s ambitions her priority, Annaleigh gets to give her mother (and father) an unforgettable gift: a brand-new living room, dining room, kitchen and TV room, equipped with an entertainment center and custom-built bar. While taking a break from renovating, Annaleigh receives an emotional surprise as well, a visit from the cast of “Ruthless,” the very first show she performed in. Air Date: Aug 19, 2022

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Check out the products featured in Annaleigh’s mother’s new THOR Kitchen!

36 Inch Electric Range

The THOR Kitchen 36 Inch Professional Electric Range is a stainless-steel machine that is designed with powerful features and functionality. This range features a smooth glass top that is easy to clean and five heating element zones that give you the ultimate cooking flexibility. From a 100W warming zone to a high-powered 3,000W LightningBoil™ Element, this range gives you the power to master any meal. Learn more here.

36 Inch Professional Wall Mount Pyramid Range Hood

The 36 Inch Wall Mount Range Hood in Stainless Steel adds a sleek, modern look to your kitchen and is designed to eliminate odors, smoke and steam quietly and efficiently. Fish on the plate? Good. The lingering aroma of fish in every room? Not so good. Learn more here.

 

36 Inch Professional French Door Refrigerator

Let’s keep everything as cool, crisp, cold and/or frozen as the recipe calls for, shall we? Answering the call is THOR Kitchen’s 36 Inch Professional French Door Refrigerator. Inside is where the magic happens, you’ll find two freezer drawers, a full-width chiller drawer and a Dual Cooling system that separates the refrigerator and freezer zones. Moisture, odor transfer and freezer burn? Gone. Compliments on meals? Way, way up. Learn more here. 

 

24 Inch Built-in Dishwasher

Whether entertaining for one or hosting a full-blown dinner party, things generally get a little messy.  That’s where a THOR Kitchen dishwasher is a thing of beauty.  You’ll find useful features like a multiple filtration system for optimal performance using less water and energy, and a Smart Wash System that determines the cycle to use depending on the soil level of the load.  Plus four hardworking sprayer arms, delay start and a handy detergent/rinse aid dispenser.  It’s a well-crafted machine that never met a meal it didn’t love. Learn more here.

 

24 Inch Indoor Outdoor Refrigerator Drawer

THOR Kitchen’s 24 Inch Indoor Outdoor Refrigerator Drawer in Stainless Steel is freestanding and rated for both indoor and outdoor use. So, add it to the man cave or keep it out by the grill. With its sleek stainless steel design, LED lighting and soft close drawers, how can something meant to refrigerate look so darn hot? Learn more here.

 

 

15 Inch Built-In Ice Maker

An entertainer’s dream, the 15 inch built in Ice Maker is the perfect complement to any home refrigeration suite. Keep plenty of fresh ice on hand with an icemaker that produces 50 pounds of ice a day and stores up to 25 pounds of ice in a large capacity bin. Featuring a built-in pump, the Ice Maker is easy to install in any kitchen or residential wet bar. Learn more here.

THOR Kitchen on CBS’s Secret Celebrity Renovation | Kandi Burruss | S2 E6

Grammy Award winner and reality TV personality Kandi Burruss returns home to Atlanta, Ga., to surprise her Aunt Bertha with a renovation of her home, which has served as the hub for family gatherings for decades. In a trip down memory lane, Kandi takes Nischelle to the Old Lady Gang southern eatery for a meal with some childhood friends. Air Date: Sep 2, 2022

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Check out the products featured in Kandi’s aunt’s new THOR Kitchen!

36 Inch Electric Range

The THOR Kitchen 36 Inch Professional Electric Range is a stainless-steel machine that is designed with powerful features and functionality. This range features a smooth glass top that is easy to clean and five heating element zones that give you the ultimate cooking flexibility. From a 100W warming zone to a high-powered 3,000W LightningBoil™ Element, this range gives you the power to master any meal. Learn more here.

36 Inch Professional Wall Mount Pyramid Range Hood

The 36 Inch Professional Wall Mount Range Hood in Stainless Steel adds a sleek, modern look to your kitchen and is designed to eliminate odors, smoke and steam quietly and efficiently. Fish on the plate? Good. The lingering aroma of fish in every room? Not so good. Learn more here.

 

 

36 Inch Professional French Door Refrigerator with Ice and Water Dispenser

With flexible storage space, super freezing and cooling functions and an in-door ice and water dispenser, THOR Kitchen’s 36 Inch Counter-Depth Refrigerator with Exterior Ice and Water Dispenser keeps everything as cool, crisp, cold and/or frozen as the recipe calls for. The innovative Flex Drawer offers separate cooling modes for meats, veggies, beverages and even your favorite bottle of wine. Moisture, odor transfer and freezer burn? Gone. Compliments on meals? Way, way up. Learn more here. 

 

24 Inch Built-in Dishwasher

Whether entertaining for one or hosting a full-blown dinner party, things generally get a little messy.  That’s where a THOR Kitchen dishwasher is a thing of beauty.  You’ll find useful features like a multiple filtration system for optimal performance using less water and energy, and a Smart Wash System that determines the cycle to use depending on the soil level of the load.  Plus four hardworking sprayer arms, delay start and a handy detergent/rinse aid dispenser.  It’s a well-crafted machine that never met a meal it didn’t love. Learn more here.

THOR Kitchen on CBS’s Secret Celebrity Renovation | Shaquille O’Neal | S2 E7

Legendary NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal returns to Orlando, the place where his NBA career began, to give his selfless Uncle Roy a supersized home makeover. While renovations are underway, Shaq takes a break to visit the local Boys and Girls Club, where he has some mega surprises for the kids. THOR Kitchen delivered the goods to help Shaq and his family gift his uncle with the kitchen of his dreams. Is someone cutting onions in here? 😭 Air Date: Sep 9, 2022

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Check out the products featured in Shaquille O’Neal’s uncle’s new THOR Kitchen!

36 Inch Electric Cooktop

The THOR Kitchen 30 Inch Professional Liquid Propane Range is a stainless-steel machine that is designed with professional features and functionality. This powerful range has 4 burners including an 18,000 BTU single burner, a 15,000 BTU dual burner and two 12,000 BTU single burners giving you the flexible cooktop you’ve been dreaming about. Learn more here. 

 

 

36 Inch Wall Mount Range Hood

The 36 Inch Wall Mount Range Hood in Stainless Steel adds a sleek, modern look to your kitchen and is designed to eliminate odors, smoke and steam quietly and efficiently. Fish on the plate? Good. The lingering aroma of fish in every room? Not so good. Learn more here.

 

 

30 Inch Professional Self-Cleaning Electric Wall Oven

With professional design and performance, the THOR Kitchen 30 Inch Professional Self-Cleaning Electric Wall Oven adds power and a modern accent to your kitchen. This 4.8 cubic foot oven offers the functionality to bake, convection bake, convection roast, broil, heat and keep food warm like a professional Chef. The stainless steel finish seamlessly matches your existing appliances and the touch glass control panel makes changing temperatures and settings easy. When you’re done cooking, the self-cleaning function takes care of the rest. Learn more here.

 

36 Inch Professional French Door Refrigerator with Ice and Water Dispenser

With flexible storage space, super freezing and cooling functions and an in-door ice and water dispenser, THOR Kitchen’s 36 Inch Counter-Depth Refrigerator with Exterior Ice and Water Dispenser keeps everything as cool, crisp, cold and/or frozen as the recipe calls for. The innovative Flex Drawer offers separate cooling modes for meats, veggies, beverages and even your favorite bottle of wine. Moisture, odor transfer and freezer burn? Gone. Compliments on meals? Way, way up. Learn more here. 

 

24 Inch Built-in Dishwasher

Whether entertaining for one or hosting a full-blown dinner party, things generally get a little messy.  That’s where a THOR Kitchen dishwasher is a thing of beauty.  You’ll find useful features like a multiple filtration system for optimal performance using less water and energy, and a Smart Wash System that determines the cycle to use depending on the soil level of the load.  Plus four hardworking sprayer arms, delay start and a handy detergent/rinse aid dispenser.  It’s a well-crafted machine that never met a meal it didn’t love. Learn more here.

Inside Chef Brad Miller’s THOR Kitchen

We’ve teamed up with celebrity chef Brad Miller for an epic partnership! Miller will be firing things up as our newest brand ambassador, using his own suite of THOR Kitchen appliances to create exclusive recipes and offer giveaways to fans and foodies alike. Check out what he’s got with this exclusive kitchen sneak peek. Read more about our partnership with Chef Brad Miller here.

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Check out the products featured in Ched Brad Miller’s new THOR Kitchen!

30 Inch Professional Gas Range

The THOR Kitchen 30 Inch Professional Liquid Propane Range is a stainless-steel machine that is designed with professional features and functionality. This powerful range has 4 burners including an 18,000 BTU single burner, a 15,000 BTU dual burner and two 12,000 BTU single burners giving you the flexible cooktop you’ve been dreaming about. Learn more here.

 

36 Inch Professional French Door Refrigerator

Let’s keep everything as cool, crisp, cold and/or frozen as the recipe calls for, shall we? Answering the call is THOR Kitchen’s 36 Inch Professional French Door Refrigerator. Inside is where the magic happens, you’ll find two freezer drawers, a full-width chiller drawer and a Dual Cooling system that separates the refrigerator and freezer zones.  Moisture, odor transfer and freezer burn? Gone. Compliments on meals? Way, way up. Learn more here.

 

24 Inch Dual Zone Indoor/Outdoor Wine Cooler

This beautifully designed 24 Inch Dual Zone Wine Cooler can be used for entertaining indoors or outside in your outdoor kitchen. It features two temperature-controlled zones that help preserve the flavor and integrity of individual wines. There’s a special zone for whites and a separate zone for reds. The 46 wine bottle capacity can easily fit a full selection of wines. Learn more here.

 

Outdoor Kitchen Pizza Oven and Cabinet

The THOR Kitchen Wood Burning Pizza Oven adds smokey and savory flavor to any recipe, featuring a classic ceramic pizza stone and flue damper to control heat flow. It comes equipped with a pizza cutter, pizza peel, pizza/pie server, brush – and has a handy accessories rack to store it all (What is an artist without his tools?). An extra large, bottom storage cabinet is the perfect place to store your extra supplies and grilling essentials. Buon appetite! Learn more here.

Transform Your Backyard with an Outdoor Kitchen Suite

Transform your backyard with an outdoor kitchen suite

Imagine walking into your backyard and feeling as though you have been transported into another world. A tropical escape, serene gardens, or even an Irish pub or tiki bar. Your backyard is an extension of your home – don’t let this space go to waste, why not transform your backyard into something extraordinary?

Your opportunities here are endless once you let your creative side take over. Work your magic and see what incredible space you uncover. But first – there are a few things you need to decide before you transform your backyard with an outdoor kitchen suite.

Wait – What is an Outdoor Kitchen Suite?

An outdoor kitchen is just what it sounds like – a kitchen that is outdoors. No two have to look the same as they are as unique as the kitchen in your home. The idea is to create a space where you feel comfortable and will want to spend time.

Some outdoor kitchens may be designed with practicality and functionality in mind, while others may be focused on social gatherings and entertaining. Some may keep things simple with just a grill to cook with, while others may prefer a grill, a pizza oven, and maybe even a smoker, too.

As we said, you have so many options and ways you can transform your backyard into something that is truly unique – and all yours.

Full or Partial Outdoor Kitchen?

You will want to decide whether you want a full or partial outdoor kitchen. Depending on your space, you may want to decide whether you should opt for a full or a partial outdoor kitchen. For those lacking the space, it may be necessary to forego an outdoor refrigerator or an extra cabinet or sink. Larger spaces allow for a grill, cabinet, sink, refrigerator, pizza oven – and more.

To Build In or Not to Build In?

Deciding on how permanent you want your outdoor backyard kitchen to be is also important. Some create a full kitchen made with built-in cabinets and/or countertops. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can have a permanent look without being so permanent by using outdoor cabinets along with your appliances. It gives it a seamless look without making it a forever fixture.

A Place to Relax, Eat, and Enjoy

As you focus on the kitchen portion of your backyard transformation, don’t forget to create a place to relax, hang out, eat, and enjoy the company of those around you. This is easy to do when you add comfortable seating, chairs, and even a fire pit if you’d like.

By including this in your outdoor kitchen, you can cook delicious recipes and eat outdoors – without ever having to go back inside. After all, how silly would it be to go outside to cook but then go back inside to eat?

This is the fun part. What will you create? Oh – and don’t forget the bistro lights.

Thor Kitchen’s Outdoor Kitchen Suite

modular outdoor kitchen

As your mind starts turning and trying to decide how you can transform your backyard to get the most out of your space, you will want to check out the outdoor kitchen suite that Thor Kitchen has to offer. This can help you determine the best way to set up the space so that you also have room for eating and socializing. In other words, you know that you need the items in the outdoor kitchen suite – so it makes sense to start there and work out the rest of the design around it.

Thor Kitchen’s modular outdoor kitchen suite features large surface areas and a sleek design. Made of stainless steel, it is durable with a shine that is meant to last even if out in the elements. And, because it is modular, it can be rearranged so that it fits your space and is as functional as possible.

32-Inch Grill

Thor Kitchen’s 32-inch 4-burner gas BBQ grill with rotisserie in stainless steel looks and works beautifully. It is powerful, and with its blue LED knobs, it is a stunning addition to your back patio. Lots of advanced features – including halogen lights to see your food at night – take this grill to the next level.

Grill Cabinet

This stainless steel grill cabinet holds your grill steadily on top without wavering – and it blends together as though it is one unit. The cabinet itself has two storage drawers and a bottom storage cabinet to hold grilling essentials, towels, cleaning supplies, and more.

Sink Cabinet

Having a stainless steel sink cabinet outdoors in your kitchen suite is a great idea. Not only does it reduce the number of times you have to keep running indoors, but it also cuts down on cross-contamination and makes cleanup a breeze. Wash your hands, prep your food, and clean up – do it all outdoors without ever having to make your way back inside.

This sink cabinet allows you to also store items, and it comes with a built-in spice rack for all your favs and a bottle opener, so you have no excuse but to be the chef with a cold one in hand.

Corner Cabinet

The corner cabinet is just another large storage space – and countertop – to add to your suite. You can store anything you need to so that your outdoor kitchen is complete. And the top is a perfect place to prep your food.

Pizza Oven and Cabinet

A pizza oven is a fantastic addition – and there are so many things you can use it for in addition to pizza. It comes with all the necessities and even has another large storage cabinet underneath it.

Decked out in stainless steel, too, it fits perfectly with all the others.

Refrigerator Cabinet

The refrigerator cabinet holds your refrigerator drawer or wine cooler perfectly – and it gives you additional counter space on top to prep your food – or create a buffet for your friends and family.

It is important to note that Thor Kitchen also has additional options available, such as an outdoor refrigerator drawer to store perishable foods, condiments, etc. – or a wine cooler to keep wine at its ultimate temperature or even just store drinks, etc. Both add a lot of conveniences to your outdoor kitchen space.

Transform Your Backyard with THOR’s Outdoor Kitchen Suite

How will you transform your backyard with an outdoor kitchen suite? Start building your dream outdoor kitchen suite with THOR Kitchen’s Builder and Designer Program today. You can also check out our latest kitchen appliances by finding a dealer near you.

Questions? Feel free to contact us anytime about our products and things to come!

How to Modernize Your Kitchen in 8 Steps

How to modernize your kitchen in 8 steps

The kitchen is the heart of your home, and you likely spend a lot of time there cooking and gathering yummy recipes. Deciding how to modernize your kitchen will leave you with a space you feel comfortable in – and one that you truly enjoy. It also brings some greater amenities to it and an increased home value as well.

There are many steps you can take to modernize your kitchen. Take one, take them all – it’s up to you. Find what works and create a kitchen you will love to spend time in.

Check out these eight steps on how to modernize your kitchen.

1. Look at the Bigger Perspective

Before deciding the steps you will take to revamp your kitchen, take a look at your kitchen as a whole. What is it that you genuinely like about the space? What is it that absolutely needs to go? What would you like to see changed? What colors or textures do you see in your modern kitchen?

It doesn’t matter how much time you spend in the kitchen, there is a good chance you never think about it from a modernizing perspective while you are making your infamous chicken cacciatore recipe. So take some time to sit back and look at your kitchen. Try to visualize the kitchen you want and the changes you’d need to make to create the look.

If you aren’t sure where to start, we’ve got some ideas.

2. Change Your Flooring

Changing your flooring may not seem like it is too high on the to-do list when it comes to modernizing your kitchen, but the floor can make a huge difference. When you walk into a room, your eyes may not be pointed to the ground, but the floor lifts them up even further.

Kitchens drab with an old vinyl or linoleum flooring, for instance, should have been left decades ago. Wood floors, tile, stone – anything like this is more timeless and much more modern. These will last longer, will totally transform the space, and will increase the value of your home.

3. Switch to Stainless Steel Appliances

Another modern and timeless addition to your kitchen is stainless steel appliances. Your refrigeratorrange, cooktop, dishwasher, range hood, and more can all be swapped out for stainless steel appliances. Not only are they bright, classy, and elegant, but they are also very durable, dependable, and energy-efficient.

When you invest in a stainless steel appliance suite, you have beautifully matching appliances that can instantly modernize your kitchen. In fact, it may be all you need to transform the space and boost the modern feel.

Stainless steel appliances by Thor Kitchen can give you pro-style durability. They are easy to maintain and keep clean – and they also allow you to reduce your carbon footprint. In other words, they are a great step in the right direction on so many levels.

4. Create an Open Space Up High

You know those cupboards way up high that you can’t ever reach? Why not get rid of them and free up the space? These old, small, barely-usable cabinets are outdated. But you can bring them to life and add some modern flair to your kitchen by removing them altogether. Depending on the cabinets, you may be able to just remove the doors, sand them down, and repaint them. Or, remove them entirely and replace them with new open shelving with strip lighting.

Simply having an open space up high can open up the kitchen and make it look more modern.

5. Paint Your Cabinetry

If your kitchen cabinets are outdated and really putting a damper on the modern look you are going for, paint can work wonders. It helps to create a new space from an old one in order to give your kitchen a modern feel. There is no need to take it out and replace it – just paint it.

What color? That’s entirely up to you, but for a modern look, you may want to consider shades of white, blue, or even black. You won’t even recognize them when you are done.

6. Modernize Your Countertops

If your kitchen is very old, then there is a good chance it probably has outdated countertops, too. This can really kill the space when you are trying to give your kitchen a modern makeover. They make up a large portion of the kitchen, and they are very visible.

Consider looking into options to upgrade your countertops. This may include natural stone, marble, granite, resin, and more. Some are more costly than others, of course, but there is a countertop for every budget. Plus, when you think about the value it is adding to your home, the purchase just makes sense.

7. Add Unique Lighting

Lighting is usually an afterthought in kitchens, but it shouldn’t be. You need to see when cooking – so you need something bright. Does that mean it can be an unsightly option as long as it’s bright? No way.

Invest in new lighting options. Consider something unique that will give you versatility and ambiance. You may even find a lighting source that acts as a centerpiece in the kitchen. Recessed lighting, pendant lighting, and illumination under the cabinets are all part of modern lighting sources.

8. Small Touches With Big Impact

Finally, there are some small touches you can add to your kitchen that will make a big impact. This could be a pop in color, such as with a picture or a vase. Or, a colorful backsplash that will stand out. It may even be in the canisters or utensil holders you use. Greenery, whether plants or herbs, also give the space a bit of a more modern look. Display an heirloom, light up your wine collection in a wine cooler, or remove curtains and let the outdoors shine in.

All of these ideas – the small touches, stainless steel appliances, and all the other ideas listed above – will transform a kitchen space into an upgraded modern version of itself that you are sure to love.

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5 Fabulous Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

5 fabulous outdoor kitchen ideas

This time of year, we find ourselves outdoors more than we are indoors. And why not? The weather is beautiful with lots of sunshine and warmth. And the longer days mean that eating dinner and entertaining outdoors just becomes natural. So, in preparation for summer shenanigans, get-togethers, and everything in between, now is a great time to try out some new outdoor kitchen ideas. Just like your indoor kitchen appliances, an outdoor kitchen comes with many benefits:

-Extends your living and entertaining space

-Keeps smells outdoors

Lowers your energy bill

-Provides convenience when hanging out outdoors

-Adds value to the home

And that is just to name a few. So, if you would like to add an outdoor kitchen to your space, but you don’t know where to start, keep reading. We’ve got five fabulous outdoor kitchen ideas to help you get started.

What’s Included in an Outdoor Kitchen?

No longer does an outdoor kitchen include just a grill. Or even a grill and a small table. And, while there is no set checklist for an outdoor kitchen that you have to have in order to call it an outdoor kitchen, the idea is to create a kitchen (yes, much like your indoor kitchen) but outside. Instead of a range, you have a grill. But you need countertops and storage space. You will also benefit greatly from a sink and a refrigerator, too.

Having this in a designated area in your backyard can make it feel more like an outdoor kitchen. You can choose the size of the space, the layout, and whether or not you want to add an island based on the space you have. But one thing you do need is an entertainment space to go alongside it. After all, what good is an outdoor kitchen if you can’t enjoy the meal under the stars? Create a space to have drinks, food, and fun all right in your backyard.

Keep in mind that it is a good idea to extend your interior design into your outdoors so that it flows smoothly and beautifully.

modular outdoor kitchen

Thor Kitchen’s Outdoor Kitchen Suite

When you have an idea that will take your backyard to new heights, Thor Kitchen’s outdoor kitchen suite is just what you need to pull the look together. If you are looking for a combination of classy and elegance topped with durability and functionality, look no further. 

 This kitchen suite comes with several key pieces, including: 

Gas BBQ Grill:

A 32-inch 4-burner gas grill with rotisserie can be there for you when cooking any meal. This stainless steel grill has stellar LED-lit knobs, halogen lights (much-needed for nighttime grilling), easy moving, and the ability to use either propane or natural gas. It sits perfectly on an outdoor kitchen BBQ grill cabinet with its two storage drawers and bottom storage cabinet.

Outdoor Kitchen Sink Cabinet:

Having a sink in your outdoor kitchen isn’t mandatory, but it sure is convenient. Whether you are prepping food, washing dishes, or just looking for a place to wash your hands, this stainless steel kitchen sink cabinet with storage space comes in handy.

Pizza Oven and Cabinet:

Why? Well, why not? If you have never cooked a pizza (or anything, for that matter) in a pizza oven, then you are in for a real treat. This stainless steel wood-burning pizza oven blends in well with the other pieces of this suite while delivering a delicious pie every time. It also comes with storage so that you can keep all your pizza utensils organized.

24 Inch Indoor/Outdoor Refrigerator:

As a potential add-on to the suite, having a refrigerator can be incredibly beneficial to your outdoor kitchen. Not only does it make it convenient for cold drinks, but it is great for storing condiments, spreads, or anything you may need for cooking. Perhaps a 46-bottle wine cooler may be more suitable for your needs?

All of these items are meant to stand up to outdoor weather conditions and continue to look magnificent any day of the year.

Five Outdoor Kitchen Ideas to Try

Ready to enjoy life and make some lifelong memories? Let’s take a look at some kitchen ideas that can incorporate this kitchen suite and make it your own. 

1. Modern Outdoor Kitchen

For those who don’t have a lot of extra space, but are looking to create a kitchen outdoors, a simple wood-paneled island will work. This can be built next to or around your kitchen suite, bringing you a designated cooking area as well as a prep area, too. 

The modern look is in the wood paneling paired with a stone countertop and a stainless steel grill, cabinet, sink, etc.

2. Patio Dining – and Relaxing

What if you could turn your backyard into a dining and relaxation space? It can be the ultimate hangout spot. Add your kitchen appliances and countertops, but don’t stop there. You can have a seating area, a dining table, a fireplace, a television, and the like. Make it cozy as if you were relaxing in your living room watching the game. 

3. An Outdoor Bar

Along with your grill, why not build up your countertop and turn it into a bar? Add some nice barstools and use a wine cooler to store your drinks. You can decorate your bar any way you want. You can create a tropical It’s 5 o’clock somewhere vibe, turn it into an Irish pub, or leave it a modern, sleek space. 

4. Contemporary Outdoor Dining

To create a contemporary space, you can combine the shiny, sleek look of the stainless steel appliances with neutral pavers. Add some pizazz with a backsplash behind the grill. A stone island can seal the deal. 

Be sure to extend the look into the dining area, too, so that it remains uniform. 

5. Don’t Forget the Must-Haves

When designing the ultimate outdoor kitchen, you cannot forget to include the must-haves, such as: 

-Lighting

-Space to move around freely

-Comfortable seating

-Overhead covering (at least partial)

-Fireplace or heaters to extend the use of the space

-Entertainment, such as a tv or music/speakers

Bring Your Outdoor Kitchen Ideas to Life with THOR Kitchen

Summer only comes once each year, but with the right outdoor kitchen ideas and design, you can make use of your outdoor space all year long. Get started on yours today by finding a dealer near you! And if you’re feeling extra creative, try out our Builder & Designer Program!

For more information, contact THOR Kitchen.

5 Kitchen Upgrades that Add Value to Your Home

5 kitchen upgrades that add value to your home

Ask yourself – if you were buying your home all over again, what would you look for in the kitchen? What would you change now that would make the kitchen more enticing and functional? Is there a design flaw in the layout? Could your appliances need an upgrade? Do your cabinets need a makeover? Are there any kitchen upgrades that add value to your home?

When it comes to kitchen upgrades that add value to your home, it is not always about the most expensive option or the trending new idea. Efficiency, functionality, appearance, and beneficial features all play a role.

We’ve searched high and low for the five kitchen upgrades that will add value to your home.

1. Luxury Kitchen Appliances

Luxury kitchen appliances make a difference when it comes to upgrading your kitchen. You want your appliances to not only do the basic function they are designed for, such as having a refrigerator keep your perishables from perishing, but you also want to expand your horizons a little more. In other words, a focus on luxury appliances with must-have features should be on the menu.

Sticking with refrigerators, consider Thor Kitchen’s 36-inch professional French door refrigerator with an ice and water dispenser. This unit not only gives you space to fill up with groceries and keep them fresh, but it also makes it easy to hold everything you buy, thanks to flexible storage space – including adjustable racks and shelves.

Another luxury kitchen appliance is Thor Kitchen’s 48-inch dual fuel range. This unit has six powerful burners and a griddle. It uses only the best heat for each cooking method – gas for the stove and electric for the oven. Not to mention that its blue porcelain interior boldly sets it apart from the rest.

Think you can’t find a luxury dishwasher? Think again. Thor Kitchen has one. This unit knows just how dirty your dishes are – and it adjusts its wash cycle accordingly. Plus, you can adjust or even remove the racks if needed to accommodate any size of dishes you are washing. Most dishwashers are too basic to handle this task.

Do you see a pattern? Your kitchen may have all the appliances, but by adding luxury kitchen appliances that go above and beyond the call of duty, they can boost your home’s value.

2. A Layout That Just Makes Sense

A home can be beautiful and perfect – but a kitchen with a terrible layout can make or break a sale. Whether the kitchen wasn’t on the high priority list when it was built, or a lot of miscalculations or lack of planning happened, it is not too late.

A layout that just makes sense is important. You want to keep a flow between the prep space, the sink, refrigerator, and range. Doors should be able to open freely and without obstruction. You should be able to prep near your range and still have easy access between the stove, the sink, and the prep area.

Sometimes adding an island may be necessary to provide more space. Sometimes removing an island can make the kitchen run more efficiently and smoothly. It all comes down to space. Talking to someone with kitchen design experience may give you some pointers on ways to tweak the layout, so it adds value.

3. Don’t Neglect Your Countertops

Your kitchen counters are as important as other areas of your kitchen. And giving them a new look can transform the look of your kitchen. Though you cannot just settle for any countertops – they should be a high-quality countertops that will always continue to look great no matter how much space is used. A few common options are granite, concrete, quartz, or laminate. An expert can help you determine the best choice for your kitchen.

You may be surprised at how much a change to your counters can actually improve the overall look and feel of your kitchen. And, of course, improve your home’s value.

4. Stainless Steel Appliances For the Win

Stainless steel is timeless. This classic metal is one that shines beautifully on the appliances in your kitchen. It is resistant to fingerprints, and when sticky fingers or smears of chocolate pudding make their way onto the surface or handles, they are very easy to clean.

While keeping the shine is a great perk of having stainless steel appliances, perhaps one of the best is that they fit with every type of design. Whether you are looking for a kitchen style that is modern, contemporary, farmhouse, cottage, traditional, elegant, or something else – you will be pleased to know that stainless steel appliances are a win. They fit any design style. So, if you are one who likes to change things up a bit – or you want to give sellers the perfect appliance for whatever their design style is – stainless steel appliances are the way to go!

5. Pro-Style Upgrades

Invest in appliances that will stand the test of time. When it comes to adding value to your home, start with the appliances. Don’t try to scrape by with the cheapest option on the market, but make a point to invest in pro-style upgrades.

Pro-style appliances are designed to withstand heavy use. They are durable and long-lasting, often surviving way beyond the life of regular appliances – and they can withstand heavy, continuous use without issue. These types of refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers, and more are made close to a commercial quality but with a look perfect for a residential kitchen.

Finally, anyone in the real estate industry will tell you that stainless steel appliances have a fantastic ability to boost home values.

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The kitchen is the heart of your home – so giving it some much-needed attention can result in a real boost in your home’s value. Take the time to determine areas you can make a change, such as upgrading your refrigerator, range, dishwasher, and more to luxury, pro-style appliances. Stick to stainless steel appliances, opt for new countertops, and always – always – maintain a floor plan that will keep you moving about the space in the most efficient manner.

Looking to upgrade? Get started today! At Thor Kitchen, you can build and remodel with our Builder and Designer Program to create your dream kitchen — while enjoying exclusive discounts too!

For more information, find your nearest dealer or contact us anytime.

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