Depending on when you break ground on your new home, that might be the right time to start planning your new outdoor kitchen so you can enjoy it when you move into the house.
According to Kitchen & Bath Design News, “Residential architects are seeing increased demand for outdoor kitchens, as homeowners continue to explore new options for kitchen and bath products and features. Those are among the major findings from the American Institute of Architects’ ‘Home Design Trends Survey’ for the fourth quarter of 2016.”
No longer wanting that rusty, burned grill sitting in the backyard with an ice chest and a picnic table next to it; Americans are looking to upgrade their outdoor living options with something they can enjoy throughout the year.
There are average price ranges to expect when it comes to this option. “Outdoor kitchens range in cost from about $3,000 to more than $30,000 and can include stovetop-style burners, griddles, roasting spits, sinks, refrigerators, storage space for dishes and cooking gear, low counters for prep work, bar-height counters for guests, stereo systems and more,” reports DIYNetwork.com.
To help you decide if an outdoor kitchen is something you should add to your home, ConcreteNetwork.com has a series of questions you should ask yourself.
- How often do you grill?
- How many people do you entertain on a regular basis outdoors?
- At big parties?
- Will you need to be able to accommodate a bartender or a caterer?
Equipment Wish List
- How large of a grill do you plan to use?
- What outdoor kitchen accessories and appliances do you want to include in your layout?
- Do you want the counter built at one height or create a split-level counter with a portion of the counter at bar height?
- How many people do you want to be able to have at the bar counter?
- Is there an area in the yard that you think would perform best for the outdoor kitchen?
- From which direction does the prevailing wind come?
- What are the sun and shade angles in the yard?
As with any add-on you want for your newly constructed home, make sure to talk to your builder about your outdoor kitchen as soon as you decide you want it. Your builder can talk about the build schedule, possibly make recommendations as to the companies you might want to hire to build your kitchen or talk about city codes.
The outdoor kitchen trend might have started because of the economy at the time. In 2010, Troy Scott of Alldredge Gardens, said, "People are staying home more than what they used to. They're really wanting to extend a new living space outside their home," Scott said. "They want it to be comfortable and something they can enjoy.”
Once you’re ready for your newly constructed home, and to get more information about new housing in Hampton Roads, contact Jimmy Reece, Director of New Homes & Development, at 757-572-4640 or JimmyReece@treg.com.