Many American homes feature an outdoor grilling area. This basic idea has been embellished considerably, and the result has become the latest trend.
Outdoor kitchens allow families to enjoy more time outside without sacrificing the comforts of the indoors. Emphasis is placed on cooking, as well as, entertaining. The best outdoor kitchens combine stylish design with practicality, allowing guests to be entertained while the cook has every convenience immediately available. It seems as though luxury is no longer confined to those parts of the house enclosed within walls and covered by a roof.
The most basic outdoor kitchen will have a grill and some sort of storage space that also serves as a countertop during meal preparation. More recently, these areas have become increasingly lavish. In fact, some homes list this feature as a full second kitchen, an element which adds considerable value to the property.
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The new necessities in outdoor kitchens include running water and appliances. Refrigerators are required, and some people prefer to have a separate one specifically earmarked for wine storage. Concrete countertops are both stylish and durable.
Outdoor kitchens take gourmet to a whole new level. Gas grills are pretty much standard. Some kitchens have even more specialized equipment, including rotisseries and wood-fired ovens. Smokers are another common cooking aide that adds a good deal of flavor and zing to the meal.
Another important feature in a fully appointed outdoor kitchen is the seating area. A dining area is absolutely necessary, but some take entertaining a step beyond the norm with an adjacent outdoor living room. Such areas include comfortable furniture, plasma televisions, and even fireplaces for nights that are a little on the chilly side.