Outdoor Kitchens: Making the Most of Your Outdoor Space
Whether you are serving dinner to your family or inviting a large group over for a formal or informal gathering, having an outdoor kitchen and dining area allows you to make the most of your outdoor space. If you’ve never considered having an outdoor kitchen before, here are some of the benefits and uses that you can take advantage of:
- Expanded living area.
Your home might be comprised of 1,500 or 2,000 square feet. When you have an outdoor kitchen installed on your patio or deck, you will be gaining another “room” of sorts in which to eat, cook, enjoy conversation and even play a game. Your home will seem less cramped during large family gatherings, and it gives you another place to go in order to find some quiet.
- Simpler holiday meal preparation.
You know the juggling that is required when you have a turkey and a pan of stuffing in the oven and you have to wait until they are out before you can get the pies in. Even dinners with more than a couple of side dishes can make things difficult when you only have four burners available on your kitchen stove. Having an outdoor kitchen gives you more room for prepwork, more oven space for baking and more burners for cooking on top of the stove.
- Keeps the summer heat outside.
During the hottest days of summer, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to cook dinner and not have the kitchen heat up, despite your air conditioning running? Throwing a chicken in the oven outside allows the heat to escape into your backyard, and not into your dining area. This can reduce utility costs, as well.
- Ease in having company over.
Whether your guests want to lounge outdoors on a beautiful day or inside when it’s cold and blustery, you will be able to talk and visit with them while cooking, if you have a kitchen in both locations. If a guest brings over a dessert that needs to be kept warm and your oven is already being used, you can even put it in the outdoor oven at the right temperature to keep it piping hot.
- Raise the value of your home.
When you are ready to sell your home, you will find that an outdoor kitchen is a huge draw for potential buyers. All things being equal, there’s a great chance that your outdoor kitchen will garner a lot of positive attention, and may even get you the bid that you are hoping for.
If you are convinced that an outdoor kitchen is for you, then you will need to find someone to install it for you. Your local landscaping or hardscaping business may be the right company for the job. Give them a call and set up a consultation appointment so that you can find out more about the benefits of having a customized outdoor kitchen installed right out your own back door.