Outdoor kitchens and grills have become increasingly practical– and popular! These appliances pose the opportunity for the homeowner to extend the theme of the indoor space outdoors, creating a hub for collaboration and entertainment with family and friends. A study by the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA) in 2017 found that 7 of 10 adults in the US own a grill or smoker. The study also revealed that 83% of consumers have at least 3 outdoor kitchen accessories, which indicates that they are looking for an individualized way to make the outdoor space as comfortable and convenient as the indoor space. Taking a look at some of the hottest trends in outdoor kitchens and grills may help you determine viable options for your own outdoor living space:
Four Top Trends in Outdoor Kitchens and Grills
If you are considering updating your outdoor space, take a look at some of the top trends in outdoor kitchens and grills. Burkholder designs outdoor spaces using these features and more, to create your ideal outdoor living space.
Grills and Pizza Ovens
While the term “outdoor kitchen” is certainly suggestive of barbeques and bonfires, we should also mention all of the other capabilities these structures possess. Currently, pizza ovens are incredibly popular, as they invite creativity and casual dining to interact outdoors. Similarly, wood-fired grills are gaining widespread recognition: grilling over wood is as primitive as it is powerful, and invokes memories of sitting around a campfire, with all the amenities of home!
Everyone knows that summer days are hot. If you are entertaining outdoors on a sunny day, drinks become warm very quickly, and walking into the house to repeatedly refresh drinks is inconvenient (as well as messy if kids are involved). More and more homeowners are choosing to invest in outdoor ice-makers or refrigerators, and the reason is clear: they want to guarantee that they can enjoy cold drinks and remain outdoors where the action is!
Hidden and Attractive Exterior Storage Options
A more extensive outdoor kitchen demands more appliances, therefore also requires more space to store cooking items. As a result, decorative outdoor kitchen cabinets have emerged and are much more attractive (and weatherproof) than unorganized storage bins. Some homeowners have even chosen to install a kitchen island, as its benefits are three-fold: more counter space, more storage, and extra seating. This kitchen has everything, even a tap!
Different Functional Zones
While outdoor kitchens are obviously useful for cooking, they also serve as entertainment spaces. Increasingly common are outdoor kitchens with different functional zones that allow guests to interact with the cook, while still occupying a comfortable space. Implementation of a dividing feature, such as a multi-level counter top, allows for contact between the host and the guests, and creates a definitive entertainment culture.
Burkholder Designs Unique Spaces Utilizing Outdoor Kitchens and Grills
While the possibilities to expand and enhance your outdoor kitchen are limitless, we hope that these trends will help guide your research and decision to upgrade your outdoor space to include a kitchen. Take full advantage of your outdoor entertainment space– contact Burkholder for a consultation today, and we will help you achieve the outdoor kitchen of your dreams!