Historically, the sight of a family cooking in the great out-of-doors is not an uncommon one in the Mediterranean. Today, in other areas, having an outdoor kitchen on your porch or patio is all the rage. In the United States it is becoming very trendy. Sure, you have a kitchen in your house already. You may already have a patio or porch as well. Why not make life just a little bit better with a full or partial kitchen on your porch or patio?
Need convincing? We’re going to give you a handful of reasons why you should have an outdoor kitchen.
Cut Back on Restaurants
Why would you go out to a restaurant for a steak when you can make one even better on your own grill? It will be cooked the way you like it and you’ll will know exactly what went into the cooking process. You can’t say that about a restaurant.
Healthier Food – Better Taste
What is it about grilled food that just makes it taste better? Not only does it taste better, it is better for you. The fats drip off harmlessly onto the coals, rather than the meat you are cooking sitting in the fat.
More Living Space
Porches and patios, particularly those that are covered, are less of an outdoor space and more of an extension of the indoors. When really well done, these covered porches and patios can practically be another room during warm months. Make your outdoor kitchen large enough to eat in, and you’ve got yourself an extension of your dining room, or a second dining room.
Odors Stay Outside
Some cooking smells are nice. But even the most scrumptious smells from the kitchen don’t need to find their way into the carpeting, draperies, and furniture of your home. When you cook outside, that’s where the odors stay – outside. That’s going to come in particularly handy the next time you decide to make a meal centered around fish.
Utility Bills – Reduce Them!
Yes, you may have some appliances in your outdoor kitchen that use energy. But, during the hotter months, when you’re grilling, you won’t be heating up the house and causing the air conditioner to work overtime. Not only will your oven not be running, it won’t be heating up the inside of your home when it’s already hot out. So, you save money twice.
Your Home’s Value Goes Up
Improvements, when they’re done right, almost always increase the value of your home. Such is the case with an outdoor kitchen. The value of your home will go up while your utility bills go down. Sounds like a win-win situation doesn’t it? Be sure to use easy-to-clean stainless steel and energy efficient appliances where applicable.
Entertaining at Its Best
That’s one of the biggest and best reasons. You can entertain friends, clients, and enjoy some family time with an outdoor kitchen. Kickback with T-shirts, flip-flops, and shorts. Or string some lights, put on some mood music, light a few candles, and make it a little more formal.
It’s all up to you.
If you’d like to talk to someone about building an outdoor kitchen, contact the experts at L.A. Decks Backyard and Pool Remodeling. We build decks, outdoor kitchens, patios, and much more. We can also take care of existing patios to make them look like new again.