Installing an Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens have advanced from a plain grill enclosure to trendy designs with a wide variety of accessories to create an amazing outdoor kitchen design that heightens your distinctive backyard theme.

A kitchen outside or summer kitchen has been part of Mediterranean living for thousands of years. Summer fun is not complete without a cookout. This kitchen helps you slow down and enables you to spend more time with your family and friends by putting all ingredients for outdoor dining near. It could be as simple as a simple storage cabinet for cooking or as elaborate as a whole kitchen complete with a fridge, grill, sink and eating area. Whatever, your yard will have an outside room that is a natural place for gathering.

Installing an outdoor kitchen is a great idea to add value to your home and gives more convenience to the whole family. When installing one in your home, you should take note of the following:

1. Make sure that you do not put the kitchen outside too far from your home. Regardless of how efficient you are, there are always back and forth trips inside your home which could wear you out if you keep on going back to the inside of your home to find other ingredients or kitchen accessories.
2. Ensure that you have ample counter space for both preparing and serving food. Try to spend time in making sure that you have an effective work strategy the same as you do for your indoor kitchen
3. Select a counter material that can be cleaned easily and holds up to elements. Although it can be very costly, one of the great options in your outdoor kitchen counter is slab granite. It is easy on maintenance and does not have grout joints to deal with.

Outdoor kitchens can cost you around $3,000 to $15,000 for a fine-quality grill and a 6-ft. long counter and a patio. It could cost more if you prefer high-end assortment of appliances. In this kind of kitchen, the counter space and grill are more necessary than a sink and a refrigerator. Nevertheless, including them can boost the value of your property by making your outdoor kitchen qualify as second kitchen. The designs of an outdoor kitchen are more casual compared to the designs of an indoor kitchen.

How detailed and intricate your outdoor kitchen will depend on the preference of you and the whole family. For instance, if you do barbecue once or twice a week, a counter-high storage cabinet covered with stucco or tile and a grill will suffice. The cabinets protect the supplies from the weather outside and the countertop will provide ample workspace when you begin cooking. If you are the type who likes to eat outside most of the time, then you would want a storage space and a table or counter for dining, together with having a sink and a refrigerator included in your outdoor kitchen.

Make the most out of your real estate investment by installing an outdoor kitchen, which can truly give you many happy hours together with the whole family during the hot summer nights.