By Lana Bingham, Marketing Assistant
Although kitchens vary in style, layout, color and design, they are alike in their ability to provide an essential space for meeting, mingling and mastering the culinary arts. With summer right around the corner, Tampa home builders have been busy incorporating outdoor kitchens into their design plans.
Besides pleasant weather year-round, there are many reasons Tampa Bay homeowners are opting for outdoor kitchens.
- Entertainment – Hosting a dinner party or having a few friends over for beers and burgers is more entertaining if it’s held in an open space outdoors.
- Convenience – As much as Floridians eat outside, an outdoor kitchen will save you from having to make numerous trips back and forth for ingredients, cocktails and clean-up.
- Variety – Adding a wide variety of grilled food (steaks, fish, chicken and vegetables) to your dinner options is both a healthy and delicious alternative to indoor cooking.
- Atmosphere – Open air and lush scenic views create an ideal experience for cooking and dining. A well-designed outdoor kitchen, sparking pool and tropical plants make for an appealing gathering space.
Based on one’s cooking habits and design preferences, there are many options and additions available regarding the features of your outdoor kitchen.
When planning design and layout: Include storage cabinets, power outlets, and water sources for sinks and drainage. Counter top height and area will depend on the integration of built-in grills and refrigerators, as well as an attached bar. Depending on how many guests you plan to entertain, your kitchen should include sufficient space for food preparation, cooking, serving and entertaining. Select design elements with high permanency, like stone or colored concrete.
Stock your kitchen full of useful products and appliances: Refrigerators, kegs, grills, side burners, sear burners, trash cans, warming drawers, and even a cutting board with a built-in waste chute. When making selections, quality is imperative. Choose durable products able to withstand extreme weather conditions and other outdoor nuisances. Famous Tate has a great selection of high-quality outdoor grills.
Whether you are looking to expand outdoors, refine your cooking, or just need an excuse to invite your friends and neighbors over more often, outdoor kitchens are an excellent addition for your home and lifestyle. If you are interested in learning more about building a custom home with an outdoor kitchen addition, contact us.
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