Entertaining is fun, but it’s much more fun when things go well. When everything is easy to find, you aren’t running around from place to place, and you aren’t stuck in a stuff kitchen all day, entertaining becomes even more enjoyable, and outdoor kitchen can help make all of that happen. Continue reading to find out what an outdoor kitchen could mean for you.
Enjoy the great outdoors
Everyone loves an outdoor dinner party. It beats standing around a hot kitchen, or in a crowded house. Entertaining with an outdoor kitchen gives you just another excuse to enjoy and show off your beautiful outdoor space. Feel the breeze, smell the scent of freshly cut grass floating through the air, listen to birds, or just kick back to some music. An outdoor kitchen puts you right in the middle of the action. While cooking indoors might keep you from socializing with guests, cooking outdoors actually encourages socializing. This is especially the case if your outdoor kitchen is fitted with seating.
Enjoy a culinary masterpiece
An outdoor kitchen will–in most cases–give you the option to grill, bake, or do both at the same time because of its centralized location. This is a great opportunity to try new recipes, display your cooking prowess for all to see, and make something truly amazing. Pizza may seem like a mundane choice, but with the option to grill or bake, and hundreds of topping to choose from, you can never really get bored of it. Plus, pizza is easy to customize for guests, and it is always a crowd pleaser. Kabobs are another great choice as the can also be prepared in the oven or on a grill. If you really want a unique experience, allow guests to craft their own kabobs so that they can have exactly what the want. Believe it or not, grilled fruit kabobs also make a great dessert. However salad may be the crowning jewel of outdoor parties. The days of a salad just being lettuce, tomatoes, and dressing have long passed. Now there are bean salads, fruit salads, pasta salads, and salads that combine all of the above. Your salad can be comprised of only raw ingredients, only cooked ingredients, or both. There are also hundreds of unique and flavorful dressings and oils to choose from. With so many options, it will be hard not to please all of your guests.
Increase the value of your home
This point may not have so much to do with impressing guests, but almost 10% of all home sales involve a relative, family member, or acquaintance. So, while you shouldn’t spend your special occasions bragging about what your kitchen does for the overall value of your lovely home, you may end up inadvertently impressing your neighbors with this information. That is, of course, if they’re considering purchasing your house. You could however mention this to a neighbor or friend as a casual brag if they are considering having their own outdoor kitchen installed.
Going inside for a movie or a few drinks at the end of a good night is much easier when dishes aren’t staring you down from across the room. Leave the mess in your outdoor kitchen so that you can end your night in relaxation. You know that you’ll get to cleaning up eventually, but with no threat of luring bugs into your house, you can give yourself some peace of mind and take your time. You work hard to entertain your guests. You deserve to enjoy yourself as well.
Cleanup is easier
Because outdoor surfaces are made to stand up to the elements, they are also made easier to clean. If your countertops can stand up to dust and dirt, then surely a spill or two will be no problem to take of. Clean your outdoor kitchen just as you would your regular, but keep in mind that some chemical you use may be harmful to your yard or the animals living in it. You don’t want to kill your grass every time you clean, so try looking for safer alternatives to your general chemical cleaners. Plus, if you have a compost pile, refuse can easily be place there, and you don’t have to keep a smell compost collector in the house. An outdoor kitchen can actually be quite eco-friendly.
An outdoor kitchen is just one of many ways to make your yard the outdoor space of your dreams. Entertaining can be made even better when you have a deck or a patio to serve your guests on. If you are interested in becoming the most popular host in your neighborhood, or just make your home the best is can be, we at Diamond Decks are here to help. Visit our website today to learn more.