The chat of every late-Spring and early-Summer is always how we’re ready for an outdoor kitchen, how much cooler our yard will become, but yet so few of us actually get to it. Whether it’s lack of motivation, or lack of time, below are 5 reasons why this Summer could be your year to setting up your own outdoor kitchen!
Save on Utility Bills
Okay, maybe not yet, since the weather in British Columbia has been pretty tragic thus far this Summer. However, when the hot sunny weather starts spanning from days to weeks, your brand-new outdoor kitchen will make you want to spend more time in your backyard instead of indoors, helping you save on air conditioning.
To make the most of this, you can also install a fan, awning, or other decors to spruce up your outdoor kitchen more. All of this will help bring down the temperature on a hot day. Also consider adding a few green plants to give it a more natural vibe. The more greens you add, the more your kitchen will feel less like a dedicated BBQ grill and more like a backyard oasis.
For Entertainment Purposes
If you’re tired of staring at a screen all day, whether working on your laptop or binging Netflix with the family, an outdoor kitchen will help bring the whole household outside. An outdoor kitchen is the perfect excuse to leave the electronic indoors and to spend quality time with the family outside. Walk around the patio, chat with the cook, get drinks, and explore parts of your backyard that you might not have checked out in a while. Whatever it is, it’ll keep you and your loved ones occupied.
An Outdoor Kitchen Increases the Value of Your Home
Believe it or not, an outdoor kitchen can actually help increase the value of your home by a lot more than other outdoor renovation projects. Think from the perspective of a home buyer: a property with an outdoor kitchen reflects the attitudes of the homeowner – that they care about their property and have invested additional time in improving and taking care of it.
Speaking of taking care of things, most outdoor kitchen appliances and grills are stainless steel. They are easy to clean and last for decades on end. All of these add up to a long-term investment that isn’t going to go out of style or appear ‘dated’ if you decide to sell your home.
Cooking Becomes Easier
Most outdoor kitchens include everything you’ll need to prep your meal – an ice maker, refrigerator, side burners, counter space, and more. This means that you don’t have to prep inside and move it outside, forgetting things you need and having to make multiple trips. Everything you need to whip up a meal is right there.
When you cook a big meal indoors, certain smells tend to linger. No matter how you try to vent it, they can seep into the walls and be stuck for days. With an outdoor kitchen however, neither the heat nor the smell sticks around. This means you’re free to grill the most outrageously fatty of steaks or buttered skewers without worrying about the smell.
If any one of these 4 reasons sound attractive, consider getting an outdoor kitchen this Summer. The Gas Guys is a South Surrey based outdoor living studio specializing in custom outdoor kitchen designs and installed. If you’re interested in getting an outdoor kitchen, give us a call!