Adding an outdoor kitchen

Cooking up a storm outdoors need not be confined to the occasional barbecue.

Many homeowners are investing in outdoor kitchens, giving them more entertaining space, increased value in their home, and various health benefits that come from fresh air, and sunshine. Valuers estimate that homeowners can expect a return on investment of 100-200% on the resale of their homes when they build an outdoor kitchen. Other benefits include keeping cooking smells outside, extending living spaces, and interaction while cooking instead of being stuck in your inside kitchen all alone.

From simple to complex, outdoor kitchens will also add to the functionality of your home. They don’t need a large space, and can be built-in, or a more informal barbecue style. From outside your back door to a separate purpose-built enclave, an outdoor kitchen is a space for year-round enjoyment.

Costs for creating an outdoor kitchen will vary depending on size, style, and features. If you enjoy spending time with friends and cooking outdoors, building an outdoor kitchen could be a great investment that will add value and convenience to your home for years to come.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Site undercover if possible, for all weather use.
  • For simple convenience, consider a classy barbecue, mini-fridge, and prep area.
  • Put in lights, plus a sound system, for all of those after-dark occasions.
  • Add a fire pit, and blankets for keeping warm in autumn and winter.
  • Include built-in bench space, cupboards, and a sink and running water.
  • Go all out with an oven, dishwasher, and refrigerator.
  • Don’t forget an outdoor table and seating.


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