Outdoor Kitchen Benefits
Most homeowners have thought about how awesome it would be to have an outdoor kitchen. However, all those shows on television flaunting the mansions of the rich and famous have them, so it’s seen as more of an extravagance than an imperative. While it may not be an imperative, exactly, an outdoor kitchen is a very utilitarian addition to your home. Not sure? Check out these benefits of an outdoor kitchen.
Lower Energy Bills
When an indoor kitchen is used in the summer months (or even year-round in warmer climates) it increases the electric bill because the extra heat inside requires the air conditioner to work harder to cool down the home. Cooking and preparing meals outdoors will reduce the energy bills by keeping the cooler air inside while the heat of the cooking stays outside.
Great Way to Entertain
Outdoor kitchens are perfect places to entertain people. While food is being grilled or cooked outside guests can gather around the grill and mingle while the dinner or meal is being prepared. In an indoor kitchen it can get cramped keeping the cook company. Outside you can have mood music playing, gorgeous lighting, fun games or activities, and relaxing outdoor furniture to keep your guests amused.
Keep Smells Outside
This seems like a no-brainer, but cooking outside keeps all the smells outside. While most people love the smell of food cooking, not many like the long-lingering aromas well after the meal has already been enjoyed.
Add Value to Your Home
Adding an outdoor kitchen is also an investment in your home. Outdoor kitchens have a formidable return on investment relative to other outdoor home improvement projects. This markedly pertains if your outdoor kitchen is made with high quality materials and appliances.
It can furnish a lifetime of pleasure and entertainment because most outdoor appliances are made to stand up to adverse weather conditions. While you will continue to enjoy your outdoor kitchen for many years, outdoor kitchens are also considered a luxury item which makes the home more attractive if you put it on the market. This can be a handsome bounty if you plan to sell at any point in the future.
Extend Living and Entertaining Space
Adding an outdoor kitchen will also give more room to gather guests in a nice, comforting, outdoor atmosphere. Combining an outdoor kitchen with outdoor lounge furniture or a patio dining set allows for group prepping so no one is stuck indoors by themselves. If you like hosting spirited parties or gracious dinners, an outdoor kitchen will make this easier.
Spending More Time Outdoors
An outdoor kitchen will give you the advantage of enjoying fresh air and the outdoors more often. Being outdoors is supportive of your health. Studies have shown that it lowers stress and mental fatigue.
Cooking outside usually (not always) equals eating healthier. When eating outside, most people think of meat, seafood, vegetables, and limited starches. And most foods are healthier when grilled because they can be cooked with less fats and oils.
Makes Cooking Easier
An outdoor kitchen cuts down on transportation time between where the food is prepared and where it will be eaten. Everything you need will be conveniently outside eliminating time with trips into and out of the house.