The Benefits of an Outdoor Kitchen

June 2011

Outdoor kitchens are quickly becoming one of the hottest trends in house landscaping projects, and for good reason. They’re fun, they’re easy to use, and they make summer entertaining a breeze. Maybe you’ve been considering an outdoor kitchen for your own backyard but are still unsure if it will be a good fit. Well, following are some of the benefits of an outdoor kitchen, as well as a few design options.

Perfect for entertaining large crowds. Everyone knows using your indoor kitchen for catering a large party can be a hassle. There’s usually not enough space outside to store, prep and cook the food, so you have to constantly run back and forth between the kitchen and backyard. To get some ideas for outdoor kitchen designs than can accommodate large barbecues, ask a professional who provides landscaping services to make suggestions based on other outdoor kitchens he or she has helped design.

Easy to clean. Cleaning up after a big barbecue means hauling your dishes back into the house to wash in the kitchen sink. With an outdoor kitchen design incorporated into your house landscaping, however, you can perform most of your cleanup in the outdoor sink and prevent the mess from spilling over into your home.

Reduces utility bills. The more cooking you can do on your propane or charcoal grill, the less you’ll spend on electricity and gas bills during the summer. Think baking a chicken in the oven for over an hour doesn’t spike your utility costs? Think again.

Lots of design options. A wide variety of options are available for integrating an outdoor kitchen design into your house landscaping. For instance, you can include stovetop-style burners, roasting spits, griddles, sinks, refrigerators, counters, and even storage space. The design options are only limited by your budget and your imagination. Again, consult with your landscaping services contractor or hoa maintenance provider for ideas.

Another great thing about an outdoor kitchen? It can be a work in progress. If you’ve broken the bank installing a new grill, you can easily wait a while before resuming the project. Because you have all the kitchen necessities indoors already, there’s no reason to feel rushed.

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