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Should an Outdoor Kitchen be Covered?

When building an outdoor kitchen, the key component to ensuring they last the test of time is proper covering. That way, your dream outdoor kitchen doesn’t simply last for years–but decades.

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Adding a roof or shade structure (such as a pergola or pavilion) over your outdoor kitchen can provide numerous benefits. These will both enhance your cooking and dining experience.

Having a cover for your outdoor kitchen will protect it from the elements like rain and hail, snow in the winter, and strong winds throughout the year.

In addition, it will protect your kitchen from direct sunlight and UV rays which can fade and wear your countertops and appliances.

Depending on the type of weather, you can enjoy your outdoor kitchen all year round. As long as you have the correct structure…

What kinds of structures can I use to cover my outdoor kitchen?

Here are some backyard outdoor covered kitchen ideas. When it comes to permanent coverings though, there are really only two options:

1) Pergolas. These structures provide excellent shade and adaptability for light features. In terms of wind, rain, and snow though–they won’t give much defense. For a brief reference, they are about half the cost of pavilions.

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2) Pavilions. These structures are full-stop weather blockers. As you can see, they don’t have any gaps and can become a formidable covering for your kitchen.

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Can an Outdoor Kitchen be Enclosed?

An outdoor kitchen can, in fact, be enclosed. Enclosing your outdoor kitchen can offer numerous benefits, such as providing a more private and intimate dining experience, enhancing the aesthetic appeal of your outdoor living space, and offering even greater protection from the elements.

What are some different ways to enclose an outdoor kitchen?

  • A first option is to install retractable screens and curtains around the kitchen when not in use. These can be raised or lowered depending on the occasion.
  • Another option is to install permanent stone or wood veneers around the covered outdoor cooking areas (like a grill, sink, or other appliances).
  • Finally, you can use a walkout basement area with a deck or a structure above it, which would naturally enclose a kitchen from above.
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Does an Outdoor Kitchen Increase Property Value?

The short answer, yes. The long answer…

An outdoor kitchen is a desirable feature for many homebuyers, as it allows for outdoor entertaining and cooking, which is popular during the warmer months of the year–especially in the Midwest. Covered outdoor cooking areas speak for themselves!

According to the National Association of Home Builders, outdoor kitchens are one of the most popular outdoor features among homeowners, with over 75% of builders reporting that they include outdoor kitchens in their project portfolio.

In addition, a study conducted by the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association found that over 70% of Americans own an outdoor grill or smoker, indicating a high demand for outdoor cooking equipment.

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Adding an outdoor kitchen to your property can also make your home stand out from others on the market, which can increase its perceived value.

Outdoor kitchens are seen as luxurious amenities that can elevate the overall appeal of a home in all occurrences.

Additionally, an outdoor kitchen can expand the usable living space of your home, which can further increase value.

Outdoor kitchens can also be designed to complement existing architecture and landscaping of your property, further enhancing its value and curb appeal.

So, is an outdoor kitchen going to elevate your backyard, like the title of this blog asked?

Why yes, yes it will. Ready to get started?

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