The popularity of outdoor kitchens continues to be on the rise. Homeowners with a love of cooking and entertaining are seeing the value in creating functional and attractive outdoor spaces. What used to be as simple as a barbecue and some chairs on the patio has turned more into an extension of the home.
Outdoor kitchens put all the ingredients for outdoor dining within easy reach. Depending on your needs, an outdoor kitchen can be as simple as a built-in grill and prep space, but can also include a sink and refrigerator. Currently on Pinterest, an outdoor pizza oven is the accessory du jour!
And it’s not just the outdoor kitchen that is popular. If you are a fan of Houzz, you’ve seen that today’s outdoor living areas have become designer spaces specific to the homeowner’s tastes. According to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, “Outdoor living…means bringing all the comforts of indoor living to the outdoors”. Today, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.
These multifunctional outdoor spaces create double the family and entertaining space and can boost the value of your home. But, how elaborate should yours be?
Outdoor Kitchen Basics
Specifically, the mainstays of an outdoor kitchen are:
- An appliance to cook;
- A dining table and chairs to sit and eat;
- A hearth product to extend the season.
This home features a Florida Room with a fireplace, and a sliding glass wall that opens the space to the backyard. Once outside, there is a courtyard with a covered cabana and outdoor kitchen. This is an ideal home design that can be enjoyed year round, no matter your climate.