Outdoor Kitchens: The Next Big Thing in Outdoor Living

You may have heard some of the recent buzz on outdoor kitchens. For some of you, it may seem like an outlandish idea, but the truth is that the outdoor kitchens of today are as complex, detailed and full-service as any modern indoor kitchen. Outdoor kitchens can be serviced by full plumbing and electricity and essentially have all the amenities of indoor kitchens, but with the fresh air of the outdoors.

Outdoor kitchens have transformed former notions of eating outside. Sure, you can still barbeque, but you can also serve a whole array of other prepared foods fresh from the oven or the pan, without carrying large platters to and from the indoor kitchen for outdoor parties.

Of course, making such a sizable investment in an outdoor set-up that will be exposed to the elements might give any homeowner pause. After all, you’ll be putting time and money into a renovation that will be constantly exposed to sun, wind, rain, and even snow throughout the year. The good news is that there is a great option available that will protect your outdoor kitchen — a pergola.

Today’s pergolas are well-engineered structures that can come with several advantageous, built-in amenities. The best pergolas come with retractable canopies, so you can provide complete cover for your outdoor kitchen when necessary or grab a bit of sun on pleasant days — whichever you choose. They are also a great help on rainy days, protecting you from rain-outs when hosting a luncheon or outdoor dinner party.

Pergolas can also come with those aforementioned amenities, including lights and fans, making your outdoor dining area a true, full-service room and allowing your outdoor events to go forward no matter how hot a day or how late an evening. Pergolas also add to the ambiance of your outdoor set-up, and can even come with curtains for an added touch of style and privacy.

So if you are considering an outdoor kitchen or have already invested in one, consider looking into a pergola. A modern day pergola can be the perfect finishing touch to an outdoor kitchen, while also going a long way toward protecting your investment.

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