Like any significant new addition to your home, an outdoor kitchen can be an investment. Between the planning, designing and installation, the process as a whole can take a few months to complete. The result though, is undeniable – a beautiful, fully functional outdoor kitchen and a better quality of life. Here are our top five reasons why you should consider investing in an outdoor kitchen of your own.
Ideal for entertainment
When it comes to entertaining, and specifically outdoor entertaining, you can’t beat the versatility of an outdoor kitchen. If you’re the type of person who loves to host, an outdoor kitchen is well-worth the investment.
In fact, most modern outdoor kitchens come equipped with a variety of amenities and appliances including outdoor bars, pizza ovens, smokers and more. With an endless number of options, each homeowner can create their own ultimate outdoor entertaining space. There’s no greater feeling for any homeowner than having a home that you are truly proud of, and provides you comfort and respite from the rest of the world.
Increase your homevalue
Outdoor kitchens are an investment but can increase the value of your home and have a high rate of return on investment.
Using high-quality materials, in particular stainless steel, is key to the amount of value your outdoor kitchen adds. Stainless steel cabinets and appliances are made to withstand the elements from the salty coastal air to the harsh desert sun to freezing winters. (Note, minimal maintenance is required to maximize the lifetime value of stainless steel.)
If you’re considering adding some new outdoor appliances to your outdoor space, such as a built-in grill, you may get the most bang for your buck by installing an outdoor kitchen at the same time.
Spend more time outside
In the busy day-to-day of our everyday lives, it’s easy to get caught up in going through the motions of doing all that we have to do: going to work, driving the kids to school, running errands, cleaning the house… the list goes on. How many days do you have where you realize that you barely took a second for yourself? Or that you spent all day busy indoors versus relaxing outside and enjoying the beautiful weather.
One of the best reasons for building an outdoor kitchen is that it encourages you to make a habit of unwinding at the end of the day. Give dinners a refresh with al fresco dining. Sharing a meal together outside becomes an event to look forward to.
Not to mention the numerous benefits of squeezing in some outdoor time on a regular basis – increased Vitamin D levels, improved mood and concentration, higher levels of creativity, and decreased stress levels are just a few of the effects you can expect after spending more time outdoors, according to Harvard Medical School.
Get your grill on
When your dinner setting is reinvigorated, your dinner menu experiences some positive changes as well. There is nothing like enjoying a delicious meal al fresco with loved ones on a warm summer’s night.
And since most outdoor kitchens come equipped with built-in grills, you’ll have a reason to try out all the fresh and healthy recipes that summer brings. From grilled corn on the cob to cedar-plank salmon and more, your dining routine won’t be the only thing that improves with the addition of an outdoor kitchen – your waistline might, too!
More family time in the great outdoors
Some nights, corralling your family or loved ones around the dinner table seems next to impossible – you’re lucky if you get a few bites of last night’s leftover pizza while catching up on your DVR!
By investing in an outdoor kitchen, you’re investing in a family gathering space; you’re investing in making time for your loved ones. And you can’t really put a price tag on that!
Whether you’re looking to upgrade your outdoor entertainment space, increase family time, or simply find a reason to spend more time outside, an outdoor kitchen to your home is a great addition.