Summer has arrived! You know what that means? More opportunities to grill and host backyard barbecues! And what better way to cook and entertain over the summer holidays than with an outdoor kitchen ?
Since we live in Southern California, we can hold cookouts all year round if we want. After all, the likelihood of us getting snowed on isn’t very high.
If you have been unsure about installing your own outdoor kitchen in your backyard, let us give you a few reasons why you should.
Outdoor Kitchens Increase Home Values
Let’s get the biggest reason out there first. Investing in an outdoor kitchen can help improve your home’s value.
Of course, it’s entirely dependent on the quality of the materials you use and the professionalism of the installation. Remember, this is an aspect of your home that will be exposed to the sun, wind, and rain.
Make sure the appliances used are high-quality materials like stainless steel, and the pavers used to install it can withstand the elements. Ensuring high heat can be used for cooking while still being easy to clean is also necessary for the right outdoor kitchen project.
The best part is that when this project is complete, you have something that looks phenomenal and provides a function that you could never have imagined, all while increasing the value of your home.
Outdoor Kitchens Lower Your Energy Bills
Let’s talk about another financial benefit to installing an outdoor kitchen.
You wouldn’t necessarily think that your appliances consume a lot of energy, especially if you happen to have invested in ones that are energy efficient. However, even with the energy-efficient design, an indoor stove and oven can still consume lots of energy.
Even if your outdoor kitchen uses natural gas or an electrical hookup, the heat from cooking remains outside. Depending on your outdoor kitchen’s design, you and your guests could have shade and even a breeze to keep everyone cool while the food is cooking.
And who wants to heat up the house on a summer day?
Outdoor Kitchens Keep Cooking Hazards Outside
Summertime has us thinking about grilling and frying some delicious foods. However, some foods, like some fish, or even some fried foods, don’t smell good as they are cooking.
This is where an outdoor kitchen helps. Even if those smells don’t bother you, when you entertain other people, you risk offending others with the smell that can linger indoors.
There’s also the potential risk of fire hazards when dealing with certain foods. An outdoor kitchen can reduce the risk of a grease fire in your home. And when you choose quality materials to build your outdoor kitchen, the risk of fire damage is reduced to cosmetic and likely only needs to be cleaned after.
Outdoor Kitchens Help You Spend More Time Outside
With how our lives tend to be, especially in recent years, people are less likely to go outside except to commute to work or the store.
This is possibly one of the best reasons to consider installing an outdoor kitchen. Being outside, especially in the sun, can have many benefits. Sunlight helps our bodies produce more natural vitamin D, which can help boost our mood, improve our concentration, reduce stress, and promote creativity.
Having that outdoor kitchen could be the mental health treatment you’re looking for.
Outdoor Kitchens Are Great to Entertain Guests
If you’re looking to host a few parties this summer or throughout the year, an outdoor kitchen is the best way to do it.
While we’ve mainly described using your potential outdoor kitchen as a place to cook hot, delicious food, your personal setup doesn’t need to have just a grill. You could also include a cold drink bar.
Imagine not having to haul a giant cooler from where you store it most of the year to the backyard just to chill a few drinks. Your outdoor kitchen could include a built-in cooler or refrigerator that keeps whatever beverage of your choice cold. And when you think about it, what better way is there to enjoy a hot summer day than lounging with a nice cool drink?
The Outdoor Kitchen Installation Professionals
Consider all of the benefits an outdoor kitchen has for you, your family, your home, and your health.
If you’re still on the fence, ask yourself what you have to lose from this particular home improvement project.
If you’re no longer on the fence, reach out to us at Husky Pavers for a consultation and recommendations on the best materials for your outdoor kitchen project.