Remodel Your Kitchen and Add an Outdoor Cooking Area

It may be time to remodel your old, tired kitchen and even add an outdoor kitchen for patio living. You probably serve food outdoors during warm weather, but you spend a lot of time going back and forth into your kitchen. An outdoor kitchen will make eating outside much easier. A remodeled kitchen and outdoor food preparation area will always add to the value of your home.

Outdoor Kitchens

An outdoor kitchen is a wonderful way to enjoy your yard and patio. It also works for condominiums with large deck space. The convenience of an outdoor kitchen also gives you more time to enjoy your outdoor space in pleasant weather. It is the perfect addition to a pool area or garden.

Appliances should be stainless steel to prevent rust. Shelves and cabinets can also be fashioned in stainless steel for an integrated look. Floating steel shelves can be mounted anywhere for convenience.

An outdoor kitchen usually has a stove and oven powered by propane or electricity. Some owners with large yards install brick pizza ovens. A fire pit is welcome warmth while using the outdoor kitchen when the temperature drops in the evening. In some cases, a barbecue with a smoker is the main cooking appliance. The outdoor kitchen includes a sink, cabinets, a refrigerator and a work area.

The appliances can be any size depending on available space. A small bar refrigerator may be all you need, or you may want a larger unit. The stove can have an oven and either two or four burners.

An outdoor kitchen with stainless steel appliances is easy to clean. Steel appliances and countertops do not stain. Spilled food wipes away in seconds. The appliances and counters are also easy to cover during cold, rainy weather when they are not in use. Check out the line of stainless steel appliances from Danver outdoor kitchens for design ideas.

Kitchen Styles

Indoor as well as outdoor kitchens are now using deep, stainless steel sinks.  These steel sinks are easy to clean and do not stain or crack. Porcelain sinks are also popular in different styles, including the apron design where the front of the sink fits over the cabinet.

Vessel sinks work in kitchens as well as bathrooms. These sinks fit on top of the cabinet with an attachment to the plumbing lines at the drain. They come in a variety of styles.

Indoor kitchen remodeling often involves new cabinets, countertops and appliances. Lighting and flooring may be part of a complete remodel, depending on the size of the kitchen. The remodel also depends on your budget.

A simple remodel can be as easy as a new sink and fixtures. Single-lever faucets are always popular. This is the easy way to find the right water temperature without adjusting a couple of handles or levers. It also saves water if you have an on-demand water heater.

Most cooks consider divided sinks a necessity, and have so for decades. They give you two spaces, for dirty and rinsed dishes. You may also have a garbage disposal and dishwasher, two of the most important conveniences for the modern cook. Dishwasher machines need to be used only when full, to save water and energy.

Countertops can be traditional porcelain tile, laminate, granite, or stainless steel. The counter may have a wood or granite inset for chopping.

Island Living

Kitchen islands are the most popular features for remodels. Islands can be any size, and they can have shelves and drawers. This feature offers extra space for food preparation, while the island can also serve as a desk or space for crafts.

Families assemble around the kitchen island. They may eat informal meals there, or just nosh and snack. The island may have a built-in stove top and sink. Island counter surfaces are usually wood or granite. Stainless steel sinks are gaining in popularity.

A variation of the island is the pass-through counter across from or above the sink area. This design is often used with galley kitchens where all of the appliances are lined up along one wall.

A new outdoor or remodeled indoor kitchen will give an exciting new look to your home.

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Aprill Coleman is an award-winning beauty, lifestyle and wellness blogger and freelance writer based in Jackson, Mississippi.

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