The summer has arrived, and with that, people are heading outside more and are planning to have functions at their homes that take place outdoors rather than indoors. Grilling food, enjoying friends and family, and spending time in the great outdoors is as American as apple pie. The outdoor kitchen has become an amazing way to bring everyone closer together during the summer.
Outdoor kitchens bring many benefits to homeowners. For example, they are very popular in California because the weather in Southern California is amazing just about every day of the year, and having a kitchen outdoors allows people to enjoy that incredible weather. If you want to build selling power into your home, you should consider adding an outdoor kitchen to it as an added feature. Building a kitchen outside does not guarantee increased equity in the housing market due to the current state of the market, but nevertheless, an outdoor kitchen in your backyard will build value in one way or an other.
If you decide you’re going to build an outside kitchen in your home, you want to be sure to get a few different estimates from outdoor kitchen designers first. There are companies that specialize in custom home additions like this, and by getting a few estimates you will not only be able to compare prices, but will also get some different ideas from different designers so you can determine what outdoor kitchen features you like best.
Expect to pay about $5,000 for the most basic outdoor kitchen set-up, and upwards of $60,000 or more for a high end outdoor kitchen. The sky is the limit when it comes to what you can choose to put in your kitchen, even though it is situated outside your home. You can really get creative depending on what your budget is.
Be sure that the designers check with the town or city you live in to find out about all necessary building codes and zoning laws. Many cities have certain requirements as to what justifies an addition of square footage to your home. Electrical and plumping play a big role in this.
The nice thing about adding an outdoor kitchen to your home, besides being able to be outside all the time, is the fact that you’re not constantly going in and out of the house for supplies and to do prep work when guests are over. An outdoor kitchen can be set up as a completely functioning kitchen, and if you decide to have guests over for a dinner party, there really is no need to go in the house other than to use the bathroom. This means you can be less stressed out because you don’t have to worry about people walking in and out of the house all the time and you’re able to entertain in one amazing central location.
You will find that outdoor kitchens make it an enjoyable experience to cook as well. There is nothing like being able to use your outdoor kitchen grill, the stove, and oven all at the same time to put together a great meal for everyone, while still being able to relax outdoors in the fresh air, feeling the gentle breeze on your neck as you work to prepare a sumptuous meal. Or to be able to simply pop open your outdoor refrigerator to grab a cool drink or a platter of fruit, without having to dry off after a dip in the pool to head indoors.
When planning outdoor kitchen design, be sure to do some researching online, in your local bookstores, and by looking through magazines to figure out exactly what is going to work best for you. Stop into stores that carry appliances and accessories for outdoor kitchens to see what they have to offer and get a few design ideas in the process. You should take your time with the overall design and make it functional and fun – after all, building an outdoor kitchen can be as big a project as building an indoor kitchen, without some of the constraints imposed by interior design.
When it comes to summer fun, there is no doubt about it, outdoor kitchens are a great idea for homeowners around the country, and most especially in locations that enjoy great weather all year round.