If you’re looking for a way to increase the usable square footage of your home, adding an outdoor kitchen is a great idea. Exterior spaces are generally more cost effective than adding interior space to your home. They provide your family with a perfect excuse to spend more time outside and allow you to enjoy more of your property. Plus, outdoor kitchens make entertaining easy and fun. But did you know they can also increase your home’s value?
Though the initial work of having an outdoor kitchen added to a home can be significant, curb appeal is a significant factor in a buyer’s decision-making process. An outdoor kitchen is one of those rooms that could significantly sway buyers. An outdoor kitchen may not be at the top of every buyer’s priority list, but it certainly generates positive appeal.
An outdoor kitchen is an investment that, with proper maintenance, will pay off for your family or your buyers for years to come. If you tend to spend more time grilling than cooking during the warmer months an outdoor kitchen is the perfect answer to save wear and tear on your home’s kitchen prep areas. You may also save on your electricity bill, by keeping your traditional incur kitchen cool and seldom used during the summer months.
Another perk to outdoor living spaces like kitchens is that they can have the overall effect of making your home feel bigger. When combined with seating and tables an outdoor kitchen can truly expand on the livable space in your home. Especially in the summer months when friends and family alike can gather and make memories while enjoying the weather.
Costs for an outdoor kitchen can vary greatly depending on your space and the materials used. You can create a budget-friendly version for a few thousand dollars, or go all out with top-of-the-line equipment and finishes. Generally speaking, an outdoor kitchen needs a patio, bar/counter, grill and range hood. From there you can add any features you like from sinks to ovens. To keep costs down, be mindful of both size and materials. For example, a large patio with a marble finish will be more costly than a small patio with a tile finish.
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If you answered cooked over an open flame then an outdoor kitchen is probably right for you. Whether you plan to sell your home in the future or not, adding an outdoor kitchen to your home will provide the perfect place to gather, entertain and enjoy the outdoors. At Pagosa Peak Custom Fireplaces, we know that outdoor kitchens have become a growing trend here in the Southwest. That’s because our mild mountain climate permits us to comfortably spend time outdoors for most of the year. If you’d like to find out how we can help add value to your home with an outdoor kitchen, please contact us today!