Summer is the time for grilling and enjoying meals outside. Today, many families are taking al fresco dining a step further by installing outdoor kitchens on their property. An outdoor kitchen can be as simple as a grill and outdoor seating, or as elaborate as a fully outfitted kitchen complete with built-in gourmet appliances such as pro grills, warming drawers, outdoor ovens, refrigerators, and cocktail stations. You can even have a contractor install plumbing and electrical lines to allow for conveniences such as sinks, lighting, and ceiling fans.
Whether you’re interested in a basic outdoor kitchen or something more elaborate, here are five reasons why creating a place to cook outdoors is a worthwhile investment.
1. Increased Home Value
Outdoor kitchens are considered a luxury feature, which can make your home more marketable if you decide to sell it. When compared to other outdoor projects, such as building an addition on your garage, installing a fence, or putting in a pool, outdoor kitchens have the highest rate of return on your investment. Experts agree that you can get at least a 100% return on your investment in an outdoor kitchen and in many cases, up to 200%.
However, be sure that your outdoor kitchen is proportional to the size of your yard. Many prospective home buyers will love having an outdoor kitchen, but not if it takes up most of the property. Make sure there’s enough open space in the yard as well.
2. Expanded Entertainment Space
It seems like we are always trying to make more room for gathering with friends and family. Bringing the party outdoors in warm weather is the most logical way to host large groups. People have more room to spread out, and the backyard instantly provides a relaxed atmosphere. Plus, with an outdoor kitchen and nearby comfortable seating, there’s no separation between hosts and guests. Everyone can gather around the grill and socialize as dinner is being prepared. Nobody is stuck indoors cooking while everyone else is enjoying the party.
3. Lower Energy Bills
When you bake, fry, roast, and broil foods indoors, the temperature in your house elevates several degrees, which kicks the air conditioning into overdrive. When you cook outdoors, you keep all of that heat out of your house, which means less AC use and lower energy bills.
4. Easy and Adventurous Cooking
Stepping outside to cook encourages more fun and experimental cooking. Inside you’re limited to the usual appliances. But with an outdoor kitchen, you may have access to a grill, a smoker, an outdoor oven, and a whole range of appliances that help make more adventurous cooking simple. Try pizza on the grill, smoking some sausages, or baking or grilling fruits outdoors for dessert. There are endless possibilities. Plus, if you make a mistake (they happen) and something burns, then the house won’t be filled with smoke and lingering bad odors.
5. Almost Year-Round Enjoyment
For some reason we think of our grills as usable from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Then, they’re put away for the season. An outdoor kitchen is so practical and easy to use, that you’ll want to cook outside as much as you can. That means you’ll be cooking outside during mild spring evenings and crisp fall nights. You may close up your outdoor kitchen for winter, but we’re sure you’ll be waiting for the first signs of spring to fire it up again.
Create an Outdoor Kitchen Today
Incorporating interior kitchen ideas to your outdoor setting is a great way to add versatility, value, and fun to your home. If you’re ready to create an outdoor kitchen, then head over to Reno’s Appliance. We have everything you need for outdoor cooking and entertaining. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.