You are probably thinking that it isn’t that far from your patio to your indoor kitchen, so why would I need an outdoor kitchen?
It isn’t absolutely necessary, of course. It is similar to owning a dishwasher – you do not missing have one if you haven’t owned one before. However, after you have used one, then you can’t imagine how you survived without having one for so long.
Outdoor kitchens have continued to increase in popularity over the past ten years and for very good reason – they are incredible. Having an outdoor kitchen allows you to host great parties outside. Without one, someone is stuck with indoor kitchen duty and will miss out on a lot of fun, which is definitely not cool or right.
There are some other reasons why it is great to have an outdoor kitchen. They are very convenient. It might not be that far away from your patio to the kitchen inside your house, but who wants to have to carry everything outside and then have to take every back inside after the party is over? You just need to have a way to keep your hot things hot and your cold things cold. An outdoor kitchen also allows you to store supplies, dishes, and cookware; a place to do all of your prep work; and most important of all, you can interact with your guests at the same time you are working.
An outdoor kitchen can be really practical and can also give your home a luxurious feature to increase its perceived value if and when you decide to sell your home. Potential buyers will be impressed and that will translate into a higher sales price.
Your square footage for doing your entertaining in is also increased by an outdoor kitchen. I t will give you more room for family and guests to gather in and give them a place that is comfortable and enjoyable to socialize in. After all, a rusty grill, splintery picnic table, and plastic stacking chairs are not going to inspire anyone to look forward to your invite. However, everyone will want to join a party where there is a fire pit or pergola, outdoor lighting, a pizza oven, a great gas grill, an outdoor bar (with refrigerator) and comfortable seating.
If you have been considering an outdoor kitchen, the following are some tips to help you with your initial planning phase:
1. Determine your needs and establish your budget. Figure out what things are most important in an outdoor kitchen for you so they can be included in the cost. If you would like to have a grill that comes with all of the bells and whistles, then plan your outdoor area around that. If you would like to have a big enough seating area for a large group of family and friends, first focus on that. If you would like to maximize the use of an outdoor bar be sure to make that a priority in your budget.
2. When selecting a spot for your outdoor kitchen, consider the views from your house as well as from your neighbor’s yards to your outdoor kitchen.
3. Consider positioning your outdoor kitchen so that it can take advantage of optimum shade and natural sunlight. Will it be the most advantageous for you to position your outdoor kitchen to the west, east, south, or north?
4. Plan your outdoor kitchen so you have as easy access as possible to the existing utility lines.
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