Cooking outdoors is a lot of fun as it provides entertainment for the whole family and friends, which is why outdoor kitchens are becoming such a rage! An outside cooking area can be as complex or as simple as you desire. Of course, it also depends on what one is willing to spend. If the budget is limited, you can opt for modular outdoor kitchens and continue adding more pieces as the budget allows. These units allow one to custom build a cooking area outside according to the individual needs and include everything from appliances and cabinets to outdoor grills and outdoor fireplaces or fire pits.
Besides the entertainment value, cooking outdoors has several benefits. One of the major benefits is that the air conditioning bill goes down. Cooking indoors makes the rooms hot, thereby forcing the air conditioning to work more and increase the bill. Also, there is less noise and chaos inside when the cooking is done outdoors. Finally, a well planned kitchen outside can even increase the value of a property, this is something we should be thinking about, especially if we are planning on selling in the future.
**Comfort Outdoors: the romantic style – Photo by the trial
There are many outdoor kitchen ideas available which can be suitable for people with different needs. There are outdoor kitchens with trendy cooking surfaces, storage areas, refrigerators, sinks – even bars are possible. More and more people are taking their cooking outside as it gives them the opportunity to experience nature more closely, while enjoying cooking at the same time. Outdoor kitchen designs that blend in with the exterior of the house give the house a more spacious look and their easy maintenance makes them very appealing. An architect can help draw up the outdoor kitchen plans, or the main ideas can be searched for online.
Outdoor Kitchen with a Patio Garden
Cooking outdoors next to a well designed patio where everyone can sit to enjoy their meals, can enhance the outdoor eating experience even more. This is especially true when the garden decor is pleasing to look at. In the summer evenings, outdoor cooking brings the family together and provides some quality time while they are unwinding from the day’s happenings.
**Enjoying the view: the arquitectonic style – Photo by stirlingstoneworks
When thinking about designing the patio, a good idea is to ask the opinions of family members. When family members get to participate in coming up with patio ideas then they usually enjoy using it more. It’s good to know that there are many choices available when deciding what kind of garden furniture would be more suitable. There is resin patio furniture or outdoor wicker furniture; having both will allow each person to choose what they find most comfortable. Adding roll up awnings to a patio design means cooking can be done outside under shade during the day also. This extends the amount of time the family can spend outdoors, while keeping the indoors clean and tidy. Adding some strategic garden lighting can provide a more formal dining experience.
Cooking outdoors on a regular basis is becoming more and more common because it suits everyone’s needs. Whether it is a family spending time together, or a romantic evening under the stars with that special someone, or just hanging out with friends it provides the ideal environment. So, choose from the many outdoor kitchens designs, and get cooking!