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Open & Outdoor Kitchens! The Pros and Cons


Remodeling a House is a decision that comes with a lot of questions on what, how and when to take encouraging steps that will help facilitate the process of renovation. Also, one should be clear on the idea and concept that one requires because midway if there is a change or the idea needs rethinking then it can cause unnecessary loss of resources which is never a wise option.

Today, people are more inclined toward using their backyard space by turning into an outdoor living area where they have grills, maybe an entertainment area and sometimes even outdoor bathrooms with Jacuzzi and open shower amidst greenery and natural organic plantations and accessories.

So, now that we have a general idea let’s get to the kitchen styles!

Indoor Open Kitchens Beauty and its Pros and Cons!

Open Kitchen is not a new concept but lately has been gaining a lot of popularity. There are different shapes that one can look for according to the space that allows a specific design. There are L-Shaped, U-Shaped, Galley and One Wall Modular Kitchens that are high in demand at the moment.

The Galley Kitchen Design can solve the purpose of both the counter-top with attached sink or stove as well as act as a custom dining space for a quick snack to eat it right there served hot on the plate. The utility of how one uses the Kitchen space depends on the homeowner. The way you picture a space to put in use is how your kitchen and surrounding areas will function. It depends on the way a person thinks.

The Pros of Open Kitchens:

  • Impact-full and vibrant interiors with European Cabinet Designs and accessories add to the beauty of the surrounding area. Usually, people will prefer a nearby dining area very close to the kitchen that adds to the concept and makes the space functional.
  • It becomes a place of entertainment and healthy family discussions where food is served, people are joyfully eating and a lively atmosphere is set which is the purpose of a home in the truest regards.
  • When Guests are at home or there are dinner parties, open kitchen stands phenomenal. Not only can the guests indulge in what’s cooking but also it sets the mood of the gathering allowing friendly conduct.
  • Open Kitchen brightens the living space as there is no isolation due to the walls. It connects the Kitchen with the rest of the surrounding which makes it beautifully charming from every angle.

Imagine your mothers cooking in the kitchen which is a closed type and, you are yelling just to have a nice little conversation. As most of the time is spent in the kitchen preparing the meals, that valuable time is lost when the family could have been connecting over the meals instead. Little things matter as they help create beautiful memories. So, if you are one of them then open Kitchen is for you!

The Cons of Open Kitchen:

Where there are pros, there are cons as well! Not every person is comfortable with the idea of an open kitchen as they would rather prefer a secluded cooking area than to make it available for the people to see. Some people like formal gatherings more and not everybody like the idea of seeing how their food is prepared or the whole house reeking with the smell. For some, the different food smells are the aromas that give a homely feel but for others, it can be a negative experience.

The other reason that can be a con in the case of the open kitchen is the continuous noise whether of the utensils or water running or the sizzle of the vegetables in hot oil. If you are a person who does not like the noise coming from the kitchen then, do not opt for Open Kitchens at all.

Outdoor Kitchens and the Charismatic Experience!

Happy Sundays, Thanksgiving Dinners to Easters or Christmas Eves once in a while we all enjoy outdoor BBQ grills and afternoon eating amidst the greenery and open atmosphere. Outdoor Kitchens are best and are in a trend where one can prepare the meals, hang out with family and friends and have a little bit of entertainment like dancing nights, Karaoke etc. There is no end to how charismatic the experience can become.

In New York when it snows and then comes the time of summer, eating outside is one of the cherished moments of everyone’s life. While building an outdoor Kitchen there are few things to consider. Keep in mind the utility of the Kitchen whether you want grilling area, ovens and BBQ or not. One needs to keep in mind the budget while investing in accessories such as these. You can upscale the outdoor space as much as you want by adding extras that may include a mini fridge, an outdoor fireplace and even a bar. It depends upon the owner on how he wants the place to look like and function.

The Pros of Outdoor Kitchens:

  • Great Family Time Experience
  • Backyard parties
  • Family luncheons and Dinners
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Adds to the Resale Value

The Cons:

As the Kitchens are open and exposed to the weather, one may want to invest in on getting a roof that can be of any material like fiberglass or a pergola. Things like that can be expensive and sometimes, just the roof alone can cost more than expected. The frustrating aspect of having an outdoor kitchen is to keep it clean and save the equipment from snow, sun and other such factors. There can be rodents nestling in, bugs and what not! To keep the kitchen clean can be an unnecessary headache that one may want to avoid.

But having said that, outdoor Kitchens are in trend and, people love eating outside on Sunday afternoons where it is now becoming a regular ritual in many households.

We have said it all and now the choice is yours to make!

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