Philadelphia Outdoor Kitchens Are Trendy

outdoor-kitchenIf you do a lot of entertaining  in your  home, you might be thinking about adding an Philadelphia outdoor kitchen. If your home is located so that you have a terrific view or if you have a backyard pool or a fabulous patio or deck, you might want to add an outdoor kitchen.  These additions to your ability to entertain outdoors are both trendy and highly valued by home buyers.

While an average kitchen remodel can be expected to earn back about 81% of the cost when you sell your home, an upscale remodel can only be expected to earn back about 70% in added value of the home at resale.  But because outdoor kitchens are the trend, depending on where you live, they can increase the value of your home by somewhere between 130% of their cost and 200%! This could be a great investment if you plan to sell your home reasonably soon.  In the meantime, you’ll be able to entertain in style and comfort.

What you are able to do with your Philadelphia outdoor kitchen will depend on the setting and on your budget.

In terms of design, the essentials will be to have a focal point. The focus might be the view from your patio or deck, or it might be a swimming pool or an elaborate deck or patio.  Your outdoor kitchen will then need to have a food preparation area, a serving area and a dining area. Trendy outdoor kitchens might also include a relaxing and comfortable seating and conversation area, a bar, and all of the comforts of an indoor living room and dining room.  The other design consideration is putting your outdoor kitchen close enough to the indoor kitchen to make it easy to carry things back and forth.

In terms of equipment, you will want, at the very least, a grill and cook top, a refrigerator, a food preparation area, and a place to serve food.  The size and capability of your grill and cook top will probably depend largely on your needs and your budget.  If your outdoor kitchen is large enough, you will probably want to have a refrigerator for drinks, possibly a wind refrigerator, and possibly also a refrigerator for food.  If you want to be able to prepare food outdoors, you will certainly want a sink (at least a prep sink).  You can also add an ice maker, a standard sink and a dishwasher.  You will probably also want to add a bar sink. You will also want to think about storage.  You might want to keep glasses at the bar and dishes near the serving area.

As your kitchen becomes more complex, you will need to think about electricity for your refrigerators and other appliances, a gas line for your grill and cook top (unless you prefer electric), and plumbing to provide water and to remove waste.  You will want to talk with a Philadelphia contractor about placement of gas, electric and plumbing early in the design process. Accessibility could influence your design.

Your Philadelphia outdoor kitchen and entertaining area can be almost anything you want it to be.  Investing in the kitchen should be a wise investment that will pay off when you sell your home.  You will certainly enjoy the convenience of an Philadelphia outdoor kitchen in your preferred place to entertain friends and family.

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