Many times, the idea to install an outdoor kitchen doesn’t occur to people until we’re well into the summer months. The big drawback of waiting until you need it is that an outdoor kitchen takes time to build. And all during that time, summer is still moving onward. That’s why we suggest the best time to begin an outdoor kitchen project is towards the end of spring or the beginning of summer. Thankfully, though, we live in beautiful Florida, so no matter when you get around to having it built, you’ll still be able to enjoy it throughout almost the entire year.
If you’re on the fence about the benefits of an outdoor kitchen, check out six reasons why it can be an invaluable addition not just for your home but also for your family’s enjoyment of the outdoors. Ready for your outdoor kitchen now? Contact Quality DesignWorks today to schedule a consultation!
Perfect For Entertaining
There’s nothing quite like an outdoor get-together. The savory smell of food on the grill, laughter filling the air, and plenty of space to play and mingle. This is all made even more fun and convenient by having an outdoor cooking station where you can still hang with friends and family while keeping a watchful eye on the food. When adding an outdoor kitchen, many people opt to add a lounge area to relax and enjoy their company and nature.
While this may seem counterintuitive given that building an outdoor kitchen costs money, it can actually end up helping to save on utilities in the long run. This is especially true during the summer. That’s because cooking indoors adds extra heat to the home, so your AC unit has to work harder to compensate for the higher temperature. When it comes to outdoor cooking, the heat dissipates outside, and when you’re done, you can go back inside and enjoy the cool temperature without taxing your HVAC system any extra.
Increases Resale Value
Whenever it comes to a home addition, it’s essential to consider how it adds value to your home versus the construction cost. When it comes to outdoor kitchens, the resale value is almost always worth the investment. Florida is an optimal place for outdoor entertainment and can be a huge selling point when it comes time for you to move. Additionally, an outdoor kitchen can bring your family years of enjoyment and memories that you can’t put a price tag on.
Provides Different Cooking Options
Whether you’re a weekend chef or every meal is home-cooked, a patio grill adds another option for your recipes. Compared to frying, grilling meats, vegetables, and even fruit can be a healthy and yummy way to infuse new flavors into your dishes. An outdoor kitchen island also adds extra space for meal prep or spreading out snacks and treats.
Convenient For Outdoor Fun
If you have a pool or garden area, an outdoor kitchen is a perfect complement. Instead of tracking dirt and water inside, you can grab a cold drink from the outdoor fridge, wash off in the sink, and even host a lovely lunch or dinner for the kids without worrying about messy food spills. We can even add an outdoor bathroom, so that bathroom breaks don’t have to break up the fun.
Keeps Cooking Smells Outside
While the smell of something cooking can sometimes be a welcome scent, not all smells are created equal. If you’ve ever tried to fry burgers on a pan indoors, you’re probably familiar with the scramble to open windows and set up fans to clear the inevitable smoke. When you cook outdoors, you don’t need to worry about that. In fact, it can also help keep the house free of other strong smells that are just part of cooking.
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