This years House Beautiful kitchen of the year, created with celebrity chef Tyler Florence, takes the heart of the home outside in a kitchen that extends outdoors in a big way. The U-shaped outdoor kitchen set up in Manhattans Rockefeller Center this summer boasts a design that rivals most indoor kitchens, with its fireplace, brick oven and stainless steel appliances, all held together in gray, stacked stone.
Ruth Ann Taylor, a certified kitchen and bath designer with the Pittsboro-based Cassedy & Fahrbach Design Partners, expects the magazines 2011 kitchen to spur a trend for more outdoor kitchens. She says shes seen some easing off due to the economy, but outdoor kitchens actually can increase a homes value and create differentiation in the current real estate market.
To add a unique element to the kitchen, designers often will suggest auxiliary areas, like a desk; wine, wet or dry bar; or baking, laundry or media center.
Having the ability to cook outdoors is definitely a value add, Taylor says. I think everyone should have a grill outside at least. If theyve got space even if just around a grill its a great, inexpensive way to increase your cooking ability in your home.
So Whats an Outdoor Kitchen?
An outdoor kitchen is any type of food preparation space outside. It can be as simple as a grill with table space around it or as elaborate as a full interior kitchen with a grill, cooktop, sink, refrigerator and pull-out garbage can. It can be as small as 5 or 6 feet or as large as an interior kitchen as large as you want it to be.
An outdoor kitchen can be exposed completely or placed partially or fully under a covered space. If its under a covered area, it will require proper ventilation.
Outdoor kitchens can be as inexpensive as $2,000 or as high as $3...
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