Outdoor living spaces can include but aren’t limited to patios, decks, and outdoor kitchens. There are many reasons why you should invest in customizing, updating, or hiring a professional hardscaping contractor to construct your patio, deck, or outdoor kitchen. What are the reasons you may ask? For one, if you ever planned or are thinking about throwing a large social gathering, then space is a consideration. You can use a patio or deck to house more people. An outdoor kitchen is perfect for grilling or cooking outside and still be close to your loved ones. Therefore, outdoor spaces not only add style, warmth, and polish to a home but they’re also practical and functional. Keep reading to learn more about why an outdoor living space is ideal for you.
The popularity of outdoor kitchens has skyrocketed over the past several years and doesn’t appear to be waning anytime soon. In fact, outdoor kitchens are at top of the most popular outdoor living, home improvement projects among homeowners. Whether you just want to spend more time outdoors or entertain friends and family, building an outdoor kitchen is a great way to enhance your outdoor-living experience. Outdoor kitchens are also a great investment, providing a high rate of return on investment when compared with other outdoor home improvement projects.
Great outdoor kitchens come in all shapes and sizes and are made from a wide variety of materials. The possibilities are nearly limitless when you have the space and the budget.
Arguably the most dramatic, durable, beautiful and longest-lasting construction option for an awesome outdoor kitchen that will last a lifetime and blow your guests away, is hardscaping. With the right design, outdoor kitchens are not just places for food preparation, but are central to entertaining as well, creating seamlessly-curved seats, counter walls, and more.
Getting the design of your outdoor kitchen right has a lot to do with the landscape contractor you choose for the project, but it’s also about making sure you get the right materials for the job. The materials used for your hardscape should be chosen specifically based on the kind of look and function that you require for your application, like those manufactured by Unilock.
Many popular grill and smoker manufacturers including FireMagic, Weber, and Primo Ceramic Grills, provide models specifically designed to be built-in to outdoor kitchen designs. These not only include the grilles, smokers, and cook tops; but a wide variety of storage and refrigeration appliances to truly complete your outdoor kitchen with everything you could need.
Once you have decided to create your outdoor kitchen, it’s important to choose the cooking, storage and refrigeration appliances that you will want incorporated before deciding on the design and layout with your hardscaping contractor. Just as with an indoor kitchen, the contractor needs to know what makes and models of items will be installed so that they can build the proper foundation and openings to fit, as well as incorporate the necessary electrical, plumbing and gas lines.
Having an outdoor kitchen not only extends your home’s living space but allows you to cook healthier food options for your family:
- Grilled food is tasty, less greasy, and better for you than nearly any other cooking option.
- The high heat of a grill also helps food retain moisture and creates flavors different from indoor kitchens.
- If you have special dietary requirements or food allergies, you can control exactly what goes into the food as well, a luxury you don’t always have when eating out.
- Cooking at home is more healthy than eating out at restaurants – because restaurants add large amounts of butter, salt, and oils to your food to make it taste better. Grilling at home using simple rubs and marinades can be healthy and delicious!
Add an Outdoor Kitchen Right Away
If you’ve been contemplating an outdoor kitchen for yourself, be sure to choose a team of qualified, vetted professionals for the project. Make the most of your investment with the right landscape and kitchen design pros working on your home.
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