Springtime storms are waning, the end of the school year is within reach, and you’ve probably already had a cookout or two. This is the time of year to soak up the extra hours of sunshine and shoot the breeze with family and friends. But how should that look? Is a backyard grill sufficient for your purposes, or should you consider investing in a full outdoor kitchen? Here are a few aspects to consider.
One of the main attractions of an outdoor kitchen is the ability to entertain. If you’ve got a pack of kids and all your extended family lives within ten minutes of your house, you could really use the extra space! Not only does an outdoor kitchen add cook, storage, and prep space, it can provide extra seating as well. Our countertop brackets are perfect for outdoor bars and countertops since they are powder coated against corrosion.
On the other hand, if you’re a single who loves to entertain, a nice grill and comfortable patio furniture may be all you need. Weigh the frequency of entertaining as well as the number of guests you typically have when deciding whether to invest in the full outdoor kitchen experience.
Don’t let the summer heat get to you. It’s important to consider the year-round climate of your home when thinking through this investment. It may be warm enough to cook outdoors 9 months out of the year, but there are other factors to consider. Do you live in an area where exceptional wind speed could cause frequent fire bans? Is there a long rainy season? Neither of these things means that you definitely shouldn’t have an outdoor kitchen, but they should be taken into consideration when formulating your design.
Also, think through your neighborhood. Just because you have the backyard square footage to have an outdoor entertainment space doesn’t mean it will work well. Cooking outside creates extra light, noise, and activity, so be cognizant of your closest neighbors.
There is no question that an outdoor kitchen will add considerable value to your home when the resale day comes around. However, you will invest thousands of dollars on the front end. Examine the rest of your home first and make sure that more vital areas are updated and well-maintained before throwing your money at a project like this. Don’t forget about the startup costs of stocking your extra kitchen and the long-term costs of appliance maintenance and upkeep.
What makes a summer wonderful is time spent with loved ones, so whether you’re making memories in a luxury outdoor space or over a smoky charcoal grill, remember to be grateful!