Should you build an outdoor kitchen?

22 January, 2015

One of the latest trends in home renovation is the coveted outdoor kitchen. Outfitted with unique outdoor cooking gear like wood-fired ovens, multi-tiered barbecue grills, and fully stocked bars, they do more than provide a little extra kitchen space. We’ve even seen a few with frozen margarita machines. Despite how luxurious they may seem at first glance, outdoor kitchens can find a good home in almost any backyard. Before you embark on your outdoor kitchen quest, however, take a look at the pros and cons.

The pros
There are undoubtedly many great reasons for building an outdoor kitchen. They’re perfect for pool parties, baby showers, barbecues, and everything in between. Here’s why we recommend including one on your patio:

Entertaining: Outdoor kitchens are, of course, fabulous for throwing parties. They can include outdoor bars and bar tops, and they pair great with patio dining tables and outdoor sofas. The more frequently you find yourself cooking for friends and family, the more likely you are to appreciate having an extra kitchen right outback.

Odor: Foods containing a lot of smoke or strong odors, such as brisket or fish, can be prepared without leaving a lingering odor in your home. Hence, it might also be a good idea to have a kitchen sink outside. You won’t have to go inside every time you want to wash your utensils or vegetables, which could be one of the causes of the odor inside the house. And all you’d have to do is call a plumber from a company like Stillwater Plumbing & Heating or anyone else you’ve known for a long time.

Value: Your house will be all the more marketable when it comes time to sell it one day if you have an outdoor kitchen outback. Outdoor kitchens only become more and more popular as time goes by, meaning that potential buyers will often be on the lookout for one.

Heat: Depending on where you live, the winters may be frigid, but you’ll be glad you have an outdoor kitchen when the summer heat comes back around. Instead of firing up your indoor oven when temperatures are soaring (and making your home even hotter), head outside instead.

The cons
Alas, there are a few reasons these backyard kitchens aren’t so great, too. Before you make the leap, take these cons into consideration:

Price: Outdoor kitchens may be wonderful investments, but investments they are. Installing an outdoor kitchen costs thousands of dollars and can take quite a bit of time. If there are more pressing issues in your home, you may want to direct your funds that way first. Alternatively, you could get a home improvement loan – SoFi is one place that offers home improvement loans, so if you’re dreaming of an outdoor kitchen you can still go for it!

Supply: Leading on from price, we come to supply. A key component of the outdoor kitchen area is appliances like grills, barbeques, and outdoor stovetops they mostly require a form of fuel similar to propane, to run. This can threaten to make the project both an expensive and complicated matter. A solution for this could be found on a website equivalent to or could be found in person from a local supplier if more favorable. Either way sorting this supply issue will help you to fully enjoy your outdoor kitchen to the best of your ability.

Weather: Your kitchen’s usability will be largely determined by the weather outside unless your outdoor kitchen is entirely covered. Even then, thunderstorms, blizzards, and heavy winds can render your outdoor cooking gear totally unusable. Make sure your appliances are weather-resistant when you purchase them, and always cover them when they’re not in use.

Theft: Anything you consistently leave outside is susceptible to theft, meaning your cooking tools are at higher risk. The more secure the area of your yard you build your kitchen in, the better!

Well, there you have it. Outdoor kitchens are certainly awesome backyard additions, and they make hosting at your home all the more fun. They’re a big responsibility, though, and you have to be prepared to shoulder it. And might we make one last suggestion? If you decide to install one, make sure your guests have somewhere to sit.