While some regions of the world, seeing families cook and gather outside has been common for decades, the outdoor kitchen trend has only recently started gaining popularity in North America. More and more families are discovering the pleasure of having an outdoor kitchen in their backyards and transforming their backyard into an area where they can ‘escape’ to on the weekends or enjoy several days of ‘staycation’ time in the summer.
Whether you may be considering adding a new patio to your home, making better use of your existing backyard space or even building a brand new home, an outdoor kitchen is an investment well worth considering. Not convinced? Here are 5 advantages of building an outdoor kitchen.
If you love to host, a major benefit of having an outdoor kitchen is that they are the perfect space for entertaining. Guests can gather around as you grill and you can still socialize throughout the entire meal preparation instead of being stuck inside your kitchen. An outdoor kitchen has plenty of space for guests, all the gadgets and outdoor kitchen appliances you need to make a fantastic meal and can be decorated to your style with lighting, furnishing, fire pits, and music.
#2 Home Value
As outdoor kitchens are quite popular these days, homeowners can expect a significant return on investment. Stainless steel appliances and grills are durable and can handle rugged weather and changing seasons and are also simple to clean and maintain. By investing in an outdoor kitchen you not only can enjoy it for years to come but can also look forward to increasing the value of your home when you sell.
#3 Connect with Family
Outdoor kitchens create a space to connect with family and friends while enjoying the outdoors. People tend to relax more outside, put mobile phones and distractions aside and focus on the company and entertainment surrounding them. Setting aside an evening or two a week to enjoy dinner together as a family in your outdoor living space will create many lasting memories.
#4 More Living Space
Probably one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to expand your living space is by adding an outdoor kitchen. You don’t even have to add walls roof, if you have a covered patio, you can keep your appliances sheltered and create an outdoor seating area.
#5 Home Cooking Savings
Once you have your own outdoor kitchen and patio, it is quite likely that you will not be tempted to eat out at restaurants as often. After all, why would you want to leave your oasis? Staying home and dining more often will be easier on your bank account and usually healthier.
If you think an outdoor kitchen is a perfect addition to your home, it is never too late in the season to get started. The sooner you build, the sooner you will be enjoying festive gatherings, tasty meals and fabulous conversation in the comfort of your own backyard.
About the Author
Scott Bland has been in the leisure industry for nearly 20 years. As a sales manager in the leisure industry he knows hot tubs inside and out. Right now he works sales while writing about hot tubs, pools and spas on his blog, www.scottbland.ca