With fall finally here, nothing seems to be on people’s minds besides pumpkin spice lattes, next to a fire outside. We think fall is actually a good time to invest in your home with a custom outdoor kitchen. The weather is cooler, and the project will be done in plenty of time to smoke a Christmas turkey.
In fact, making improvements to your home that boost your lifestyle can often have some great benefits. You get outside more with an outdoor kitchen, host friends and family, and you get fresh air. The many benefits this home improvement project offers is a worthy investment that also boosts your home’s value.
Choosing a home remodeling project like an outdoor kitchen lends itself to more creativity. You are combining aesthetic features with culinary tools of creativity that will spur your inner chef. Not only that, but the demand for homes with outdoor kitchens is soaring upward over the last few years.
5 Benefits Of An Outdoor Kitchen
As a center of entertainment, outdoor living spaces are proven to boost the value of Houston homes. It’s a worthwhile investment that pays off in the present and if you ever decide to sell your home. What this means for homeowners is to think bigger—beyond the 10 x 10 patio with a Big Green Egg.
Think more along the lines of an exquisite outdoor kitchen with culinary ambitions as big as Houston. Investing in an outdoor kitchen for your home has some astounding benefits.
Increases the value of the home
Zillow reports that homes with an outdoor kitchen in Houston, sell for more than 30% than the sellers expected. In fact, in homes sold over the last five years in Houston, outdoor kitchens made the largest impact on value. If you are worried about the cost of the investment and your ROI, we can dispel those worries.
The data from home sales reports in Houston alone show that homeowners that invest in outdoor kitchens have a huge ROI. In fact, the data shows homeowners average between 100% to 200% of the actual cost of the project.
Naturally, it should be noted that with any home improvement ROI projection—the improvement must be proportional to the home. In other words, the size of the outdoor kitchen should be proportionate to the home and property size. You don’t want to have a 2,000 sq. foot home on 1.5 acres with a 1,000 sq. ft outdoor kitchen.
All of the details aside, if you have the kitchen designed properly—it’s a fantastic investment you can’t lose on.
An Outdoor Kitchen Is Perfect For Entertaining
Even when it’s the middle of July in Houston, people enjoy the outdoors and socializing with each other. If you can have a comfortable outdoor living space where you can break bread and enjoy the company—that’s golden. It’s a home improvement trend that even spans generations—both millennials and boomers. A recent study shows that equal percentages of boomers and millennials cite an outdoor kitchen as essential in a home. The data backs it up—both are willing to spend over $5,000 more for homes with outdoor entertainment spaces.
Each generation seems to use spaces for different activities. As Boomers love to grill and converse around the table, Millennials, love outdoor games like cornhole. Of course, both love having the benefits of an outdoor kitchen for open-air dining with their guests.
Depending on the design that you and your consultant choose—an outdoor kitchen also allows the host to interact. Typically, in most indoor kitchens the host is often the chef and is busily secluded from their guests prepping food. Part of the draw of cooking for guests is the culinary creations you create and present. With an outdoor kitchen, you can interact with your friends and family without disrupting the meal prep. Also, you can show off those Iron Chef-worthy knife handling skills and be the star of the party.
Expands Your Living Space
Outdoor kitchen designs often duplicate the layout of the indoor kitchen as it makes for an easy transition from indoor to outdoor cooking. While many homeowners just add a grill or an island for a patio layout—an outdoor kitchen is more diverse. We have designed layouts that included everything from a brick pizza oven, flat-top griddle, and even a fry station. The combinations really are unlimited and are dependent upon your style of cooking. It’s always a good idea to include cabinets that hold appliances and provide storage for commonly used tools. You also want to make a discreet separate enclosure that matches cabinet styling, to hide trash bins.
Another important feature that mimics the indoor kitchen is adding adequate counter space. This space can act as a prep station, bar, or just a spot to hover over appetizers. Add in the essentials like an outdoor fridge and freezer, an ice machine, and a sink to finish it off. If you really want to amp it up and make it fully functional—an outdoor dishwasher is very efficient. Otherwise, make it a Chinet® and red Solo cup affair.
Cooking Is Easier With An Outdoor Kitchen
There’s a saying about having too many cooks in the kitchen—well that is probably because the kitchen is too small. An outdoor kitchen, however, offers more room for you and your friends to play Masterchef in your own backyard. Seriously, it does make it easier to have a few helpers in the kitchen without overcrowding. Cooking for a group is easier when you have someone to prep, someone to assemble, and someone as a runner. Also, depending on how you design your space, guests can have easy access to the fridge and ice machine. This frees the host up from doing all of the drink serving while trying to not to burn the salmon.
Speaking of cooking foods with strong odors—ever cooked salmon indoors or curry chicken? You may cook for Sunday dinner, but you’ll still smell for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday dinner. When you have an outdoor kitchen—make that outside instead of stinking up the house.
Do you like to can or use a pressure cooker? Outdoor cooking spaces make these activities easier and clean-up is a breeze—literally. A large pressure cooker pot is going to need extra room and space. If you spill indoors—it’s tedious to get out the mop and bucket in the middle of cooking. An outdoor kitchen, however, it’s just a simple hose down and you’re right back to cooking.
The Convenience Factor
As mentioned above, foods like salmon can linger in your house for days when you cook indoors. If you’re trying to blacken fish—or accidentally burn it, the smell factor increases. There’s nothing more demoralizing than burning your meal you worked so hard on. Even worse, is when the smoke detectors go off and everyone is coughing. Listen, we all have those gaffes where we torch the salmon or burn the hollandaise—but do it outside! If you know you are cooking something with the possibility of burning it, an outdoor kitchen saves the smoke hazard.
Cooking outdoors also can help you save money on your cooling costs during the Texas summers. How is this possible you ask? Well, think about it—the AC is already working hard to cool the house. Start turning on the oven and running the stovetop—that heat has to travel somewhere. It usually makes that side of your house that much hotter. If the house is hotter, the AC starts cranking—your money right out the window. Cooking outdoors with a nice fan going outside is a more efficient way to cook and keep your house cool.
Now, some of you might be thinking, “I already have a patio with a stand-alone grill.” Sure, there’s nothing that tastes better than a grilled steak. However, how often are you going back and forth inside to get olive oil, and other things to finish the meal? A fully-functional outdoor kitchen allows for everything to be right where you need it—within arm’s reach. You have your fridge, your sink, the prep table, the spices—it’s just more efficient. Not to mention, it keeps you from opening the door a dozen times letting in the flies and heat in or out.
For Your Outdoor Kitchen Project—Trust Mitchell Custom Pools
The layout of your outdoor kitchen is one that allows you to communicate your creativity directly into the design. That is hard to achieve with outdoor kitchen kits from the home improvement stores. You need a professional designer that can take your vision and execute it perfectly and within building codes.
Mitchell Custom Pools has decades of experience building some of the most luxurious outdoor kitchens. We can transform your patio into a true culinary experience, just contact us today for a free estimate!