Guest Blog: Natalie Jones
Home is where the heart is, and this is truer now than ever before, with the pandemic engendering a new appreciation for it. Of course, chances are, you’ve been finding new and fun ways to improve your home to make it more pleasurable for the entire family.
To that end, instead of limiting your efforts indoors, why not take your improvements outside? Namely, an outdoor dining and kitchen space. Having one increases your family’s opportunities to clock in precious outdoor time and make new memories. Moreover, it can also increase your home’s value, which can be crucial, if you’re thinking of selling it in the future. Here’s how you can create an outdoor dining area with minimum effort and maximum potential.
As you plan out your space, remember that a great kitchen is all about conveniences, and just because a kitchen is outdoors doesn’t mean it should do without. The fact is, the right appliances will make things easier for you, your family, and even guests to have a full-service kitchen for your outdoor dining area. Ideal choices include a refrigerator, stove, grill, and maybe even an ice maker.
Another important convenience to consider is fresh running water. Having clean water at the read goes a long way for your outdoor kitchen. Better yet, it offers everyone easy access to potable water, which is a must in drier climates like Las Vegas. Of course, running water can cost extra to route for an outdoor kitchen. If you want to keep costs low, a countertop system that provides enough filtered water for small groups or families can be a great alternative.
Then there comes the furniture, and what you choose could make or break your outdoor dining area. And there’s more to consider beyond aesthetics when buying outdoor furniture. At the basic level, pay attention to comfort, your space, and the placement of your furniture. More importantly, the weather in your area is should be a factor when deciding on materials.
Before you furnish your outdoor dining area, take time for due diligence and really explore your options, in order for both form and function to have a middle ground. Doing so will not only help you avoid mistakes and unnecessary expenses but also ensures that you and your family get to enjoy this marvelous space indefinitely.
An Ode to the Landscape
Finally, it should be a rule of thumb that when it comes to creating an outdoor space like a dining and kitchen area, it should honor the landscape where it will be situated. After all, each landscape is different and beautiful in its own right, and it can serve your outdoor dining space to make the most out of it. For instance, the desert landscape of an area like Las Vegas is truly unique and quite particular, so make use of eco-friendly methods to make it pop—and, by extension, your outdoor dining space, too.
Suffice it to say, if you have the space and resources to create your very own outdoor dining experience at home, go for it! The expense will be nothing compared to the ROI it could bring for your home in the future, while the effort will be truly worth the fun, relaxation, and brand-new experiences.