In Minnesota we only get a few months where we can really enjoy the outdoors. It is because of this that makes us take our outdoor activities to a new level; outdoor kitchens being just one example that I’d like to focus on. Outdoor kitchens are the perfect way to maximize the time you spend outside during the summer months. From women to men, outdoor kitchens serve many purposes. If your wife is the cook in the household, she will be able to spend time outside with the family while she prepares summertime meals. Men will love outdoor kitchens as a place to show off their grilling skills during a neighborhood bar-b-q. No matter who the space is for, it will increase the living space of your home right along with the equity you have in your home.
You don’t need a lot of space to create your outdoor kitchen, but there are a couple of things to consider. First, what appliances do you want installed? Grills, sinks, and mini refrigerators are among the most popular, but what will work for you? Consider the type of food you’d like to prepare outside and the kind of prep work you want to do, that will prevent you from spending an abundance of dollars on appliances you’ll never use. You’ll also want to think about the location of your kitchen in your yard. Consider whether you mind it being far away from your indoor kitchen or not. If most of your food is housed inside of your home in your main kitchen, you may want your outdoor kitchen to be relatively close to your home. Finally, think about the climate and whether or not you want shade or protection from the elements. Adding a pergola or some kind of canopy can maximize the amount of time out of the year you can use your new outdoor space.
With today’s resources, the possibilities really are limitless in creating additional living space for your home. To make sure you’ve thought of everything before breaking ground on your project, be sure to consult with a professional. We’ve seen it all and can ask questions you may not have thought of. Follow McDonough Landscaping on Facebook and LinkedIn for more tips on how to utilize the living space of your home!