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Burkholder Discusses 2020 Outdoor Kitchen Trends

Outdoor kitchens continue to rise in popularity as homeowners continue to want unique, entertaining spaces in their landscapes. Each year brings new outdoor kitchen trends. The 2020 outdoor kitchen trends revolve around making outdoor kitchens more elaborate and versatile. If you are looking to build or add to your outdoor kitchen, here are four 2020 outdoor kitchen trends to get your ideas rolling.

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Functionality & Features

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One of the significant 2020 outdoor kitchen trends is improved functionality and features. Homeowners want to dine and use their outdoor kitchens without continually shuffling between the house and the backyard. Extra shelves and storage space, sinks, and garbage disposals are all examples of features that improve the functionality of an outdoor kitchen and help keep the party going outdoors. Save yourself time and energy by expanding the functionality of your outdoor kitchen.

Outdoor Refrigerators

The ability to store cold sodas, beer, or wine avoids the need for tromping through the indoor kitchen. Those trips can include feet that are wet from the pool or allow bugs into the house. In addition, having the refrigerator outdoors allows more time for the host to be entertaining instead of carrying drinks inside to outside. Hosts may also choose to keep the grill items in the outdoor refrigerator for convenience when the cooking starts.

Ice Makers

Ice makers have become a favorite appliance for outdoor kitchens in recent years. During the summer, when homeowners are more often cooking outdoors, the heat can melt ice in a bag or bucket. Coolers can take up a lot of space, especially if a big party is going on, and the entertaining space looks better without them too. Ice makers keep the ice coming without unexpected extra trips to the convenience store, and are especially nice when paired with an outdoor bar.

More Grilling & Cooking Options

While traditional grills are a staple of the outdoor kitchen, homeowners are now looking for extra options to cook outdoors. Kamado style grills have recently become popular due to their ability to cook at remarkably high temperatures and their versatility for different grilling methods. Pizza ovens are also popular for homeowners looking to bring the restaurant experience into their backyards. Side burners expand the home chef’s abilities to cook outdoors. Incorporate some of these additional cooking options in your outdoor kitchen to elevate your dining experience.

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A Full Living Area

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Homeowners want their kitchens to be part of fully functional spaces and a main attraction during parties. Outdoor tables and chairs transform the kitchen to a full and unique dining experience. Sound systems, televisions, and fire pits add additional ambiance and entertainment options. And structures, such as pergolas and pavilions, allow people to enjoy their outdoor kitchens year-round. In 2020, homeowners are looking to expand their outdoor kitchens into fully livable outdoor spaces.

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If you want to incorporate some of these 2020 outdoor kitchen trends, contact Burkholder Brothers. We create custom outdoor kitchens so that your dream kitchen can be a reality. Our designers and hardscape and landscape contractors have years of experience creating outdoor kitchens in Malvern and other Main Line communities. Contact us today for a consultation!