What is one of the top home design trends of 2015? You guessed it – outdoor kitchens and outdoor living areas, according to a recent article on CNBC.com. Outdoor kitchens have also become one of the top features of Tulsa homes as well.
What are some of the latest amenities available for today’s outdoor kitchens?
More than just your average grill. Today’s outdoor kitchen grills are much more than the old small grill we used to have under a patio umbrella. Now barbecue grills are advanced cooking appliances and can come with warming racks, rotisseries, side burners for cooking side dishes, and more. These are lean, mean cooking machines that can almost literally do it all.
Another big trend in outdoor cooking is installing a pizza oven in your outdoor kitchen. Make your own wood-fired pizza for the friends and family with this elegant outdoor kitchen addition.
Increased functionality with storage and amenities. In the old days, most of the food for an outdoor event would be prepared inside the house and just the meat cooked outside on the grill. Today, however, outdoor kitchens have the functionality to prepare and store almost everything outside. With built-in refrigerators, sinks, storage cabinets, granite countertops, and barbecue islands, you can stay close to all the action and cook at the same time.
Outdoor kitchens are often made now with bar seating on the other side so that guests can sit, chat, and eat – even if the host is still preparing food. Also, the additional storage space and refrigeration allows you to keep plenty of cold drinks and snacks on hand for your guests. Outdoor kitchens in Tulsa today can also have wine coolers, beer taps, and ice makers for an evening of entertaining.
Weatherproof TVs and entertainment systems are also becoming more popular additions to the outdoor kitchen so that while you’re grilling, you don’t miss any of the big game.
Cover, seating, and dining a must. To have the perfect outdoor living space in Tulsa, you must have enough space for seating and dining. Thus, outdoor kitchens are now including adjacent space for an outdoor dining area, even with a dining table, and an outdoor living area with weatherproof sofa and chairs.
Instead of the old umbrella, today’s outdoor kitchens have entire open-air structures built over them to protect guests and the kitchen itself from the elements. These structures can also have a ceiling fan or mounted heater.
The possibilities are endless for outdoor kitchens in Tulsa today. These luxury outdoor environments provide the perfect getaway at home. Call Oklahoma Landscape today to find out how we can design and build an outdoor kitchen to match your dreams and help you “find yourself outside.”