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Grilling is one of America’s greatest pastimes and one of the biggest sources of socialization when it comes to backyard parties. However, it can become exhausting going back and forth between the house and grill when you need additional kitchenware and appliances.
For the outdoor entertainer in all of us, an outdoor kitchen may be just what the doctor ordered.
Benefits of an outdoor kitchen
An outdoor kitchen may seem excessive for some, but for those who spend much of their time entertaining in the backyard during the spring and summer months (or year round depending on the climate), it can provide a myriad of benefits.
With an outdoor kitchen, you won’t have to worry about separating yourself from your guests every time you need to wash food or use the stove rather than the grill. Outdoor kitchens keep you in the conversation, meaning you won’t have to miss the punchline of a neighbor’s joke to take care of some produce.
For those who love their backyards and love to design, outdoor kitchen design can be great fun. Consider using the design elements you may have wanted to use in your indoor kitchen in your outdoor kitchen. Have fun with the color scheme and patio design.
While your indoor kitchen is meant to be beautiful and functional in terms of preparing food and socializing, the outdoor kitchen is designed specifically around entertaining while making good food. That means if you’ve always wanted a bar, but there was never room in your house? The outdoor kitchen is the place to play with the idea.
Keeping the outdoors outdoors
Going back and forth between your grill and the kitchen inside can bring the infamous grill-smell into the house and leave your rooms smelling like a 4th of July extravaganza for days. Not to mention the continuous opening-and-closing of doors will let pesky bugs and spiders into your house. An outdoor kitchen will keep all of those things where they belong: outside. Which means you get all the comfort of a good steak on the grill without having to chase mosquitoes around the house later that very night.
Increase home appeal and value if you ever resell
Outdoor kitchens make wonderful additions to a backyard landscape for those of us who adore entertaining and outdoor fun. Furthermore, if the time ever comes when you feel the need to sell your house you’ll easily make the money back. With great landscaping, a home’s value increases 14% during resale. With the addition of a beautiful outdoor kitchen, your home’s resale value will likely increase even more.