Cooking Alfresco

Interest in outdoor kitchens continues to grow for many good reasons. One is that an outdoor kitchen adds both increased functionality and enjoyment to your home. Outdoor kitchens increase home values and they create additional space for entertaining, relaxing and enjoying nature.

Outdoor kitchens have evolved from a place to barbeque to a space that stands on its own to entertain and interact with friends and family. Thanks to technological advances and increased product options made specifically for outdoor use, you have a blank canvas to create a space that reflects your style and desires. Within the last five years, we’ve seen the addition of outdoor appliances, smokers, pizza ovens and refrigeration that deliver innovative new experiences.

Most of our clients believe that an outdoor pizza oven is a must-have. We’ve designed outdoor spaces that include space-saving refrigerators, beer taps and stylish cabinetry and countertops. Engineered stone manufacturers have developed lines specifically for use in outdoor spaces.

Product advancements allow for an outdoor space that is comparable in quality, design and efficiency to indoor kitchens. In fact, it seems that outdoor kitchens are becoming an extension of indoor spaces. Seamless transitions between indoor and outdoor space can be enhanced by new door and window options. To complement the interior, we often specify porcelain floor coverings that look like stone or wood but have the texture to reduce slip-and-fall hazards caused by rain or snow.

Outdoor furniture is no longer confined to wicker or metal. There are new outdoor-rated fabrics that offer the look, feel and comfort of indoor pieces. Similarly, lighting has improved for outdoor kitchens, and sound systems and televisions enhance the space. Heaters allow for the kitchen to be used year round regardless of climate conditions.

Outdoor kitchens create new and exciting entertaining spaces for families and friends. It does not matter if you like to grill, but do you know anyone who would not enjoy a pizza baked in your outdoor wood-burning oven?

Many of our clients have more outdoor square footage than indoor square footage and are discovering they can use that space to add value to their homes and lifestyles. If you are interested in how we can create exciting outdoor space for you and your family give us a call at (919) 772-3335 to set up an appointment.

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