7 Reasons Why You Need An Outdoor Kitchen In Your Backyard
Imagine that next summer, instead of having to leave the party inside your house to go outside and grill, everyone is gathered around your backyard enjoying an outdoor feast. You’re able to both cook and enjoy the meal right outside!
How, you ask? With an outdoor kitchen, of course.
We don’t think you need an excuse for an outdoor kitchen, but if you need some more convincing — or maybe your spouse does — we’ve put together a list of 7 reasons why you need an outdoor kitchen:
- Outdoor entertainment
- Energy savings
- Space for storage
- Return on investment
- Easy clean up
- Cut back on eating out
- Encourage quality time with family
1. Outdoor entertainment
Need we say more? With an outdoor kitchen, your entertainment opportunities are endless. You aren’t stuck hosting a mundane party or event inside, especially for locations where the climate stays beautiful year round.
So why limit yourself to indoor parties? An outdoor kitchen allows for more space! When you’re cooking inside, everyone tends to congregate in the kitchen, leaving you little room to work. Having an outdoor kitchen will open up your hosting space and allow your guests to mingle more comfortably.
What’s more: you’ll still be part of the party. You won’t need to cook outside while everyone is inside, or vice versa. With an outdoor kitchen, you can cook, entertain, and eat all together!
2. Huge energy savings
With guests outside, you’ll be saving on heating or cooling costs keeping your home the right temperature.
Plus, when it comes to cooking, you won’t need to use as much electricity either. Instead, you’ll be cooking with a propane or charcoal grill; so your stove and oven won’t be adding to your electric bill!
3. Space for storage
If your outdoor built-in kitchen doesn’t have quite enough space (or you need to store things like your outdoor furniture for the winter), most properties have plenty of space for a little more storage.
By using a storage shed, you’ll have more than enough storage space for your outdoor kitchen and entertainment area. Consider storing additional flatware, cookware, and entertaining supplies, along with any of your seasonal appliances (like space heaters) in the shed.
4. Return on investment
If you choose to sell your house at one point, an outdoor kitchen is like a swimming pool: it’s an instant increase in your home’s resale value.
That’s why we recommend when putting in your outdoor kitchen, make sure you install high quality appliances that will stand the test of time.
5. Easy clean up
Statistics show that husbands are 45% more likely to help do the dishes in an outdoor kitchen. Ok, maybe that’s not true, but with an outdoor kitchen, just about everything can be cleaned off with the spray nozzle of your garden hose.
Patio furniture is waterproof, as is the rest of the outdoor kitchen. Simply give the counters and the floor a good hosing down, and you’re good to go! We recommend also using a good antibacterial cleaner to spray on your surfaces to keep all the germs at bay.
6. Cut back on eating out
Nationally, Americans average eating out about 4 – 5 times per week, according to The Simple Dollar. That’s equal to about 18 meals per month. Woah!
Can you imagine the money you’d save by preparing your own meals instead? An outdoor kitchen can help make that possible: by creating a space where you enjoy cooking.
7. Encourage quality time with family
These days, it’s a lot harder to entertain children and teenagers outside of their favorite electronics. Having them help prepare a meal — and get outside — is a perfect way to get them involved.
In fact, getting your family outside helps remove everyone from the distractions of the house: toys, computers, video games, and so on. There are so many different yard games the whole family will enjoy to help gain that coveted family time you’ve been longing for.
Eating and playing outside is a great way to break up the monotony of the typical routine, which will surely be a delight for the whole family.
We hope this list of 7 fantastic reasons why you need an outdoor kitchen will help boost your confidence to finally make it a reality. Now is a great time to start planning your ideal kitchen space: with winter here, outdoor and patio furniture, along with appliances you’ll need for an outdoor kitchen will be on sale!
And for help with outdoor kitchen storage, don’t forget to check out our great selection!