Jupiter, FL (PRWEB) June 23, 2012
Summer is coming, and for many homeowners, that means spending more time outdoors. One of the hottest design trends leading into the season known for back-yard barbecues and pool parties is the summer kitchen.
Whether simple or elaborate, the summer kitchen represents a gathering spot for family members and friends to eat, drink and be merry – then jump in the swimming pool. At its simplest, it will include a built-in, or drop-in, grill. The built-in grill should be housed in cabinetry for a clean look. The cabinetry can be made of weather-resistant wood or stainless steel, depending on the owner’s preferences. Granite countertops can be added for a more elegant finish.
While a grill is the most popular and practical cooking option – especially in Southeast Florida – a fireplace or firepit will get the job done. The nice thing about those two options is their cozy campfire appeal, as people gather around the flames to cook together.
The amenities a summer kitchen can have are as endless as the ones an indoor kitchen can have. One note: the appliances outdoors need to be shielded from bad weather when not in use.
Ovens, either traditional or brick, might be useful outdoors, particularly for items that take hours to cook. Why heat up your single-family home when you don’t have to?
A gas-burning stovetop is perfect for boiling food, simmering soups and stews, and blanching vegetable, and it can come in handy when preparing side dishes.
Don’t forget about the refrigerator! A small one will do for those much-needed cold drinks.
An eating counter, either in addition to or in place of an outdoor table, is a good idea to consider. The ideal size of an eating counter is 15 inches deep, with an allowance of two feet per seat or stool.
Finally, an outdoor sink can be added by connecting to the hose line or tapping into the home’s water supply.
Finishing touches to your stylish summer kitchen include shelter above and flooring below. Shelter can be in the form of an attractive pergola or a flat patio ceiling, with care taken to leave exposure for the grill, fireplace or firepit. Flooring can be installed fairly easily in a wide range of materials, textures and patterns, just as long as they are nonslip and safe for wet pool feet.
Entertain al Fresco
A summer kitchen not only adds value to your luxury property, it also opens it up for entertaining options. Waterfront Properties and Club Communities has several upscale homes on the market that already have summer kitchens if you don’t want to build one from scratch. Many of the kitchens are part of an elaborate oasis of lanais, porches, pools, spas and waterfalls that drip with tropical appeal. Visit the real-estate specialists’ Web site at http://www.waterfront-properties.com.