Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Walker Woodworking, managing day to day operations, and marketing. Stacey has helped many clients create their dream space.

5 reasons for an outdoor kitchen

An outdoor kitchen gives you the benefits of home cooking without having to be stuck inside while the rest of the family has all the fun outside. With summer upon us, many are looking forward to getting some extra vitamin D plus spend some much needed time with family and friends. Bringing the food outdoors and preparing it while socializing is the best way to make dinner and enjoy it too. There is something about food being made outside that makes it taste so much better, maybe it is the extra dose of sunshine. Here we discuss five benefits of having an outdoor kitchen.

1. Outdoor kitchen equals more entertainment space 

Connection, it is an important part of who we are, we need to socialize, but sometimes the gatherings can be restricted by limited indoor space. By moving the party outdoors you eliminate that problem and gain the beauty of nature which always makes the perfect backdrop. An outdoor kitchen offers more room for people to gather, without getting underfoot and the perfect space for kids to play while dinner is getting ready. There is also plenty of room for adding a large table or spreading a blanket which means no one will feel left out or ignored.

2. Outdoor kitchens save on utility bills

Summer is a wonderful season but unfortunately with more sun comes more heat and there is no place in the home more affected than the kitchen due to all of the appliances. Cooking indoors is miserable which can dampen the mood and increase the electricity bill. The hotter the space the more the air conditioning has to run in order to keep things bearable. An outdoor kitchen allows you to keep the heat outside and eliminating the need for the AC to continuously run, saving you money and creating a better environment for smiles!

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3. The outdoor kitchen offers new opportunities

No one likes the smell of smoke or grease in the kitchen, especially when it’s impossible to open the windows due to the heat. When you are outdoors, however, you can experiment to your heart’s content without fear of smelling or smoking out the house! Because it is outside there is more room for helping hands meaning dinner gets done faster. Outdoor kitchens also mean healthier options since grilled food is often leaner, not to mention pretty tasty. Vegetables and even pineapple taste better when grilled. Cooking outdoors opens a whole new world of possibilities for food experiences and family memories.

4. An outdoor kitchen adds resale value

Just like a garage or pool, an outdoor kitchen is also considered a bonus feature and one that will yield a good return on investment if you choose to sell your home. Outdoor kitchens offer potential buyers a chance to picture themselves enjoying this space with their own families and are growing in popularity. By adding this versatile space to your home you can make it stand out in the market. Read this article on a few more reasons why it is a good investment.

5. Outdoor kitchens mean eating in

Everyone enjoys eating outside of the kitchen, a change of scenery can make the same meal taste completely different. Unfortunately, eating out is not always the cheapest option, especially if you have more than four family members. Eating outside in the fresh air is even better than a closed up restaurant, not to mention you can listen to whatever music you want to or even watch the latest sports game. Outdoor kitchens give you a change in scenery by taking the gang outside but don’t empty your wallet. Take a closer look at one of our projects that included an outdoor kitchen next to the pool area, this space was perfect for enjoying a swim after dinner.

Let’s get cooking

We love creating spaces that allow our clients to spend more quality time with their family and friends. Outdoor kitchens provide the space needed to gather together, create lasting memories, and enjoy the beauty of nature.  Are you ready to start enjoying the summer and make a space perfect for that neighborhood get-together? Our design team and the team of skilled craftsmen we employee can help your outdoor living dreams come true! With 20 years of experience and serving 16 counties and counting, we feel confident that our team can help you achieve a space that is perfect for you and your family. Give us a call and let’s get cooking!