Cool dock kitchen

photo by Lake Shots Photography

by Deanna Wolff

Nothing complements dock life like a bar and/or kitchen! It’s the perfect place to hang out with family and friends after a delightful day out on the boat. Enjoy refreshing lakeside cocktails at the bar or cook a mess of fresh-caught crappie in your dock kitchen for the freshest meal in town – with a view.

The Kitchen:

With the right setup, you can practically live on your dock! Locally owned for over 27 years, Otto Construction knows how to turn a dock into the ultimate entertainment space. Their incredible dock transformations can put a pizza oven, mini-fridge, kitchen sink, microwave, outdoor TV, and stainless-steel countertops right next to your boat slip and swim platform.

The Countertop:

You’ll need a cool countertop, one that will withstand the elements. Locally owned Ozark Granite is the place to get long-lasting heat-, stain-, and scratch-resistant natural stone and granite countertops for your dock kitchen and bar. They provide in-home consulting and free estimates, and they’ll even recommend area contractors if you don’t already have any lined up for your project.

Photo by Donny Larsen

The Tools:

For dock appliances, you’ll want marine-grade stainless steel, and Jacobsen Appliances in Lebanon has ‘em! Coyote and Blaze are two brands that offer anything from grills and smokers (many similar to the Green Egg), to steel cabinets and cooking accessories – think pizza stones, rotisserie kits, and grill covers – with built-in options. They also have the all-important ice machines, because you never want to run out of ice on those hot summer days. They offer installation, too!

Closing Up Shop:

Shuttering your dock kitchen is not only good for security reasons, but they also protect from rain, snow, dirt and dust, wind, UV rays, and other potential damage. Most come in a variety of colors for you to choose from, so they’ll even look good. Locks included! B&K Ornamental Iron & Welding in Lake Ozark can help you to customize your shutters and installs them.