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Benefits of Adding An Outdoor Kitchen To Your Home

Outdoor Kitchen

As we sit at home for what feels like an eternity we are all starting to get a little bit of cabin fever? During the week when we are stuck indoors homeschooling, cleaning, watching the news with baited breath the sun shines and birds chirp. Then this past weekend came and it rained. In the northeast we assume we cannot enjoy outdoor living but done correctly we can enjoy outdoor living. The warm weather starts to kick in Mid-March with some fluctuations. Then we enjoy warm summer nights followed by football season! There is actually a lot of enjoyment that you can get from outdoor kitchens that you are missing out on. 

Let’s focus on some questions many people ask about outdoor kitchens.   

Does an outdoor kitchen increase the value of my home? First of all why anyone wonders about that is kinda crazy. Your quality of life will improve from this investment. I say if you want to get an outdoor living space do it for the pure enjoyment of being in your backyard more.

Your Investing – It Increases the Value of Your Home

In 2017 & 2018 a survey done by Casual Living Magazine, 49% of homeowners have already added outdoor living and a cooking area to their home. In addition, of the people who stated that they did not have an outdoor kitchen, about 25% said that they were anticipating adding one within a year.

The outdoor kitchen trend is on the rise, and not going away anytime soon. By investing in an outdoor kitchen, you’ll put your home in line with the latest in kitchen remodels, and position yourself favorably in a fickle real estate market, and improve the resale value of your house down the road. In fact, a survey by the National Association of Realtors revealed that more than half of home buyers would be willing to pay a premium price for a house with an outdoor living area.

In addition, according to a quote from Absolute Outdoor Kitchen’s Buyer Guide, “CNN Money, and Remodeling Magazine all support that outdoor kitchens nationally return 100% to 200% of the improvement cost,” adding that, “As with any home improvement, the ROI formula works providing you design and build a kitchen that is proportional to the home value and location.”

This of course depends largely on the climate in which the property is located. For example, warmer areas tend to see a higher ROI than colder areas although recently, even outdoor kitchens in cold climates are gaining in popularity. Another factor in this is the quality of the materials that are used to build the outdoor kitchen.

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Increase the Size of Your Home – Outdoors

Your kitchen (and outdoor entertaining space) will increase in size. Think of all the times you’ve thought to yourself how nice it would be to have a larger kitchen to cook, spend time with family and friends, and entertain in. While you could easily invest money in remodeling or expanding your home’s indoor kitchen, choosing to build an outdoor kitchen is actually a more cost effective option.

Part of the reason that backyard kitchens are becoming so popular is because they expand the size of your home (and essentially increase your kitchen size). When you invest in an outdoor kitchen, you are building a new room – a room that’s outdoors, but still a fully functional space to eat, play and relax in your home. Why run in and out of the house when you can move everything you need outdoors?

And if you like to entertain, an outdoor kitchen won’t only expand your outdoor space – it will also impress your guests! By way of return on investment, your new outdoor kitchen can serve as a form of social currency – hosting dinner and events at your own home suddenly becomes more appealing than dining out. And you may experience some positive financial returns from that turn of events as well!

Outdoor Kitchen with Wood Ceiling

Improve Your Health and Wellness

One of the best reasons to invest in an outdoor kitchen is that you’ll end up investing in your own wellness, as well as the wellness of your family! When you build an outdoor kitchen in your home, you’re building an opportunity to spend more time outdoors, and all the healthy benefits that accompany it.

When you spend more time outdoors with the help of your new kitchen, you can experience scientifically proven benefits, such as improved memory and concentration, restored mental energy, reduced stress levels, sharper thinking and creativity, and more. And isn’t your own health and livelihood the most important thing you can invest in?

Using a professional to build your outdoor kitchen or space is crucial. An outdoor space should have products made specifically for the outdoor. You don’t want to try and do it yourself and in one year have material and structure issues. This outdoor space can truly bring so much to your house and why trust that to a DIY project?  

In the coming weeks we will have an outdoor living series to help get you the information you need. If this spikes your interest right away call us about a no obligation meeting. We can meet with you outside your house or we can meet virtually. Get a jump on your summer fun not to mention your outdoor football oasis!

Contact Us Today 

If you’re interested in constructing an outdoor kitchen this spring, our team at Amiano & Son Construction is ready to assist! Our team can be reached over the phone by calling us at (609) 268-5923 or by filling out our team’s online contact form!


Wendy Amiano

Wendy Amiano

Recently recieving her NARI certification as a Certified Remodeler Wendy Amiano has worked in many areas of remodeling. Her knowledge extends into various areas of the remodel but her main specialty is consulting on the before, during and after a remodel as featured at the Philly Home Show.