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Take it Outside - How to Create the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen
Most real estate agents will tell you that the kitchen is the single most important space in any home. With more and more houses being built every year, it becomes increasingly difficult to make your home stand out from all of the rest.
What makes your home unique? What will make your guests - or a potential home buyer - say to themselves "wow, this house is simply extraordinary?"
Outdoor kitchens (have become a popular trend over the last few years. The great thing about the popularity of these spaces is that they are in high demand, but they aren't as easy to find as you might think. Thus, if you have an outdoor kitchen (or are planning to build one), you've pretty much hit a goldmine.
Don't get us wrong, it's not exactly easy to build an outdoor kitchen - and the cost of these spaces can be significantly higher than traditional kitchens - but, we assure you, the outcome is worth it.
If you're thinking of creating an outdoor kitchen oasis, here are a few things you'll want to incorporate to make it truly unique.
- Essentials. Much like traditional kitchens, outdoor kitchens require a few essentials. Kitchen Appliances like grills, refrigerators and ovens designed specifically for outdoor environments are a key element in any outdoor kitchen. Additionally, outdoor sinks, countertops, islands, cupboards and storage containers are also important when it comes to the functionality of these spaces.
- Accents. Once you've setup your outdoor kitchen essentials, it's time to set the mood of the space. Traditionally, patio furniture has been used to make the space functional for guests and to add some spice to the appearance of the kitchen. If you have a few extra dollars, we'd highly suggest placing a low-rise L-shaped couch off to the side of your kitchen with a few furniture-like chairs and a small coffee table to really set a comfortable mood. This will make your kitchen look more modern and will increase the number of guests your backyard can host.
- Finishing Touches. After you've assembled your appliances, kitchen countertops and backyard kitchen furniture, the only thing left is accessories. The outdoor lighting you choose will have a huge impact on the overall look and feel of your kitchen, so choose carefully. Pot lights (also known as recessed lighting), lanterns and candles are all great ways to light up your space.
Picking up a few trash cans before your first gathering will make sure you keep your kitchen looking as clean and inviting as possible and will keep bugs and animals away from the area.
If you're thinking of creating an outdoor kitchen, you've taken a step in the right direction. Take pride in knowing you're enhancing the look and feel of your home while increasing the value of your property.
Now, that's a win/win if you ask us.
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