At the height of summer, most of us love to enjoy time outside with our family and friends. It’s prime-time for dips in the pool, lounging on a hammock, playing some catch, or tending to your rose garden. Another summertime favorite is firing up the grill and getting some grub perfectly charred for a quintessential afternoon backyard dinner. If you’re a self-proclaimed grill master, and love to show off your culinary expertise, you most likely already have a pretty sweet BBQ setup of some sort. But have you ever dreamed of an outdoor kitchen? What’s the difference, you might ask — a lot. 

Outdoor kitchens are starting to be one of the most sought-after features of a home’s outdoor entertainment value. Do they provide the necessary grill that one needs to cook and prepare food — yes, but it doesn’t just stop there. In today’s market, you can have everything you would have access to in your kitchen inside, just on the other side of that screen door. From refrigerators, to sinks, to pizza ovens, it’s all available. 

Let’s take a look at some reasons of why you need that dream outdoor kitchen in your own backyard:

Wow Factor

If you love to entertain and play host, then this is a great way to really impress your guests. Outdoor gatherings are a staple of summertime and nice weather – which in Southern California, we get a lot more of. Imagine your guests walking out to see a bonafide cooking space and not just your regular ‘ol standard bbq. Custom outdoor kitchens can be designed to match the aesthetic of your outdoor space and keep consistency with materials and colors. Outdoor kitchens are an upgrade and  feature that your guests will surely be talking about on their way home. 

More Time with Your Peeps

Instead of spending your time inside chopping up veggies and sauteing the shrimp, you can be just as much a part of that fun conversation being had next to the pool with your old pals from college. Having an outdoor kitchen can keep you outside with everyone else, and you won’t have to feel any fomo about what you might be missing. 

Extend Your Living Space

Outdoor kitchens don’t have to stop at only being cooking equipment, they can also be a part of a hangout space. You can incorporate them into an already existing outside entertaining area, or design one with seating and an island or counter, so that there’s room for people to be together and hang out, sit and eat, all while staying close to the action on the grill. 

Keep It Cool

Cooking needs heat, and heat is hot. With doing your cooking outside, you’re keeping your home’s indoor temperature much cooler. Not to mention smoke and food-smell free. You might even find yourself saving a little on energy costs, since your AC won’t be working as hard trying to lower the temperature when you’ve got the kitchen fired up. When you cook outside, the heat factor is much more easy breezy. 

Raise Your Property Value

This kind of brings it back to the “wow factor.” Buyers love to see a home that stands out from the rest, and having a built-in custom outdoor kitchen will definitely accomplish that. Since an outdoor kitchen extends the usable living space of a home, buyers will see it as an additional bonus and it will immediately increase the value and resale price of your home. 

Now that you’ve pictured yourself with your favorite dad joke apron on, steaks set aside swimming in the perfect marinade, your family splashing it up in the pool, and your neighbor Tom posted up on a stool at the island counter, choppin’ it up while you grab a cold one from the built-in mini fridge — what are you waiting for? Let’s cook (outside).