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Should I Really Invest in an Outdoor Kitchen?

tartamellakitchen3If you love cooking and entertaining—and you’re lucky enough to have the space for it— an outdoor kitchen may be a great investment for you. They’re convenient, they allow you to enjoy the outdoors, and they’re a unique way to bring friends and family together.

But is an outdoor kitchen right for you and your family? Is the investment really worth the return? To find out, let’s consider some of the benefits of adding an outdoor kitchen.

1. Great for entertaining

Many outdoor kitchens contain a grill, counter space for preparing food, and a seating area. Not only do they enable you to cook outside; they provide a space for you to socialize with guests or family members while doing so. Your indoor kitchen and living room might get a little cramped with a group of people there, while an outdoor kitchens provides plenty of open space.

Outdoor kitchens also give you the chance to take advantage of warm weather and enjoy the outdoors. In fact, adding patio heaters allows you to enjoy your outdoor kitchen even when it’s not very warm. Add style and comfort with furnishings and add ambiance with string lights and music to fit the mood.

2. Makes cooking easier (and neater)

Some food smells amazing as it’s cooking. Some doesn’t, and the smell can hang around for days. Your indoor kitchen can fill with smoke, which is especially problematic if you are entertaining. Outdoor kitchens mitigate these problems. Many outdoor kitchens also contain a refrigerator, side burners, and ice makers. These features give you easy access to everything you need cooking and entertaining.

3. Increases the value of your home

Like decks, outdoor kitchens have a high return on investment. They are becoming more popular and have proven to be a very attractive feature for homebuyers. If your outdoor kitchen is made by a reputable outdoor kitchen specialist who uses quality materials and guarantees the final results, this can only help you market value.

If you’re on a budget, the grill is something you don’t want to skimp on. It doesn’t need to be fancy, but it should work well and last and long time. Most outdoor grills and appliances are made with stainless steel, which allows them to withstand a range of outdoor temperatures. Stainless steel is also easy to clean. It’s recommended to buy a grill with 304-grade stainless steel. A lower grade of steel may rust and the burner may not last as long. Good grills start around $1,000 and go all the way up to around $15,000.

4. Enlarge your living space

Outdoor kitchens allow you to expand your living space without adding any walls. They bring functional square footage for you and your guests to enjoy. If you already have a covered patio, or you add a roof or patio heaters, you can even hang out in your outdoor kitchen (and cook there) in rainy or colder weather. Many homeowners also report using their outdoor kitchens to celebrate birthdays, holidays and other special occasions.

To invest or not to invest?

The answer depends on:

  • How much money you’re willing to spend
  • How much you’ll use the kitchen
  • How long you plan to stay in your home

Outdoor kitchens range widely in price—between $5,000 and $50,000, depending on the quality of material and appliances, and whether you hire a qualified outdoor kitchen builder to deliver quality results. One thing’s for sure—more and more homeowners are reporting high levels of satisfaction with their outdoor kitchens, and market values are also reflecting their desirability.

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