Stuck inside in the bitter Denver cold? Why not put those outdoor daydreams to good use, planning for a revamped outdoor living space that’ll have you grilling garden-side and dining alfresco come early spring?
Why an Outdoor Kitchen?
Today’s families gravitate toward outdoor entertaining, which offers a comfortable, relaxing place to cook while surrounded by family and friends. In addition, cooking outdoors not only keeps your house tidy with fast, simple clean-up, but keeps heat out of your home as well, reducing utility bills. What’s more, the National Association of Home Builders estimates outdoor kitchens can add as much as 130% of their cost to your home’s purchase price. How’s that for a fantasy made reality?
Dream-Up an Outdoor Kitchen with All the Bells & Whistles
- Built-In Grill with Smoker
A built-in grill can be the centerpiece of an outdoor kitchen, with the sleek looks of indoor kitchens and professional bells-and-whistles like a built-in rotisserie and smoker. Just be sure when incorporating your fantasy grill you don’t overlook reality: Building recommendations and clearances for safety, proximity to where children play, and placement away from other flammable outdoor features.
- Outdoor Counters & Cabinets
Outdoor cabinetry and countertops can really pull-together that outdoor kitchen ‘look.’ Prep food and set tables with ease with the help of weather-friendly countertop and cabinetry additions. Installing your outdoor kitchen accoutrements along an exterior wall? This offers a great opportunity for the addition of upper cabinets.
A sink in your outdoor kitchen requires a bit of added plumbing, but can make all the difference in the world, particularly when it comes to convenient meal prep and cleanup.
From cold, frosty beverages to a convenient, safe place to store food, prevent your family from wearing a track to the indoor fridge with a small to full-sized outdoor refrigerator model.
For year-long outdoor dining and after-hours meal-prep, adequate lighting is key to safety. Let’s face it: You don’t want to end up chopping, slicing and cooking in the dark. Flexible LED lighting with dimmers offer temperature and weather safe mood lighting on lower settings, yet are brilliant enough to help you ensure safely cooked meats.
To prevent a kitchen that’s scorching in the summer, and weather-related dining and dashing,
add comfort and style to your space with an Arcadia adjustable pergola. Neither Denver’s blinding sun, nor frequent snow and rain showers will end your outdoor fun with the help of this fully-adjustable aluminum louvered pergola. Dial-in the perfect amount of sun or shade, or protect your party from leaks and rain with the Arcadia’s unique design. 170-degrees of pivoting flexibility with built-in gutters, and operable via remote control or smart device, ensuring year-round comfort is a breeze with this durable, low-maintenance pergola system.
- Outdoor TV or Movie Projector Screen
Add fun and excitement with an outdoor TV or budget-friendly projector screen with portable movie projector. Watch the big game, or simply keep children entertained while tending to outdoor tasks.
- Outdoor Heater
Overhead or wall-mounted, infrared patio heaters are an ideal outdoor heating solution. Heat is efficiently delivered from overhead, providing infrared warmth similar to the sun’s rays, offering the perfect solution for combatting the heat loss. Pair with privacy screens and curtains to boost performance and warmth.
- Fireplace or Fire Pit
For those with a bigger budget who yearn for an outdoor space that beckons the family all year long, a gas fire pit or fireplace makes for a stunning focal point, drawing the household in with its warmth. Choose from traditionally-inspired gas fire pits with log inserts, modern linear tables with glass beds, or go all-out with the latest in see-through outdoor fireplace additions.
Ready to expand your living space with your dream outdoor kitchen design? Wake up and see the possibilities with the help of Denver Pergola Systems today.