Building an outdoor kitchen can be the perfect solution for individuals that wish to maximize their outdoor time in the warmer months. For those that love to host and entertain to people that just enjoy sharing a quiet meal together under the stars, having access to an outdoor kitchen brings a whole new way to take advantage of and enjoy time in your backyard.
When most people begin dreaming of building an outdoor kitchen, they immediately begin to wonder if they are worth the cost. If you are considering an outdoor kitchen and are asking how it will benefit you in the long run, do not worry. Adding an outdoor kitchen to your backyard can increase your return on your investment, possibly up to 100-200%. So, enhancing your backyard with this add-on has its advantages – it can be enjoyed by you and your family as well as boost your home’s appeal come time you want to sell.
Keep reading below for a few ideas to consider as you begin to plan your outdoor kitchen.
How Often Do You Entertain Outside?
When considering the design and what you want to include in your outdoor kitchen, first think about how often you will most likely entertain outside. Another point to consider is what type of entertaining you will be doing. If you are an avid host and passionate foodie that loves multiple course meals and wine pairings, you will probably want to have a full kitchen prep area and all the kitchen utensils and comforts as inside for preparing and serving. On the other hand, if you are more likely to be hosting casual BBQ’s or potlucks, a basic smaller kitchen will certainly suffice.
Design your outdoor kitchen with convenience as a priority. The less you need to run back and forth inside, the more you will be able to enjoy it.
Consider the Design, Materials Needed and Plumbing
As for outdoor kitchens being worth the money, review the design, materials, and plumbing involved in your project. Consider exactly how often you will be outside enjoying this space. If you know that this will be a location where you will be regularly, this will help you to determine how much money you should invest. Comfort and accessibility are essential, so make sure to consider the design, materials and your needs.
For example, will you need to run plumbing lines and how similar to your indoor kitchen will this outdoor space be? Some individuals enjoy having running water and a sink outside for easy access. Additional features can be added to improve your outdoor experience. Elements such as unique lighting, televisions, speakers, built-in wine coolers, ovens, and many other options are available.
Add a Hot Tub and Fire Pit
To enhance your outdoor living space even more, adding a hot tub and fire pit/lounge area are perfect complements to an outdoor kitchen. Hot tubs, although a large investment, are fantastic for your health and can be used 365 days a year. Having a fire pit can help extend your outdoor time into the cooler months of the year, allowing you to maximize your outdoor kitchen enjoyment. An evening of snacking on appetizers, enjoying a full course meal, soaking in a hot tub with an ice-cold beverage and ending the evening gazing into a fire under the stars – no one will be turning down an invitation to an event at your home!
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