If the Hamptons are any indication, outdoor kitchens are now a staple of modern luxury homes. So says Keith Green, senior global real estate advisor at Sotheby’s International Realty East Hampton Brokerage. “We are seeing a new construction boom, with almost 100% of homes being built from the ground up incorporating some form of outdoor kitchen,” he observes.
William Finone, a real estate agent associate at Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty in Houston, agrees. “In this new stay-at-home era, outdoor kitchens have become a priority for homebuyers and an expected standard in high-end new construction. Homes with outdoor kitchens and entertaining spaces are becoming more popular, especially starting in the spring. It will sell faster and for a higher price over the summer.”
Outdoor kitchens come in all shapes and sizes, but what exactly are buyers looking for? Green and Finnorn share the top 10 trends to watch this spring and summer .
1. Function is as important as form
“The best outdoor kitchens ‘work’ just like their indoor counterparts,” Green says. “For decades, architects have designed ‘kitchen triangles’ that provide easy access between the sink, refrigerator, and stove. Today, the best outdoor kitchens follow the same formula. Masu.”
2. Practical and discreet storage
“The best outdoor kitchens have plenty of under-counter storage, so you don’t have to constantly run around looking for pots, utensils, and accessories,” says Green. “Extensive counter space also makes a world of difference.”
3. Natural/organic materials
Finnorn focused on consulting with leading outdoor kitchen builders and designers and observed a trend toward local, natural surfaces. “Luxury custom home builders Jonathan Wimmel and Roxanne Wimmel of Wimmel Design and Construction told me they are seeing a demand for organic materials, as well as a resurgence of tile countertops.”
4. The perfect place for a pizza oven
Finnorn has noticed that many homeowners want to go beyond traditional barbecues and grills. “Pizza ovens and smokers that cannot be easily added indoors are built into outdoor kitchens,” he says. “Ceramic smokers like the Big Green Egg have such a loyal following that builders and homeowners are incorporating dimension-specific spaces for them into their outdoor kitchen designs.”
5. Refreshment is never far away
Greene has seen an increase in demand for under-counter refrigerator drawers, a discreet solution for keeping cold drinks within reach when hosting an outdoor dinner party. . “It’s a convenient way to get white and rosé wines quickly.”
6. Air quality management is important
Finnorn reminds agents and their clients to evaluate ventilation when looking at outdoor kitchens. “A well-ventilated space is essential to remove unwanted cooking odors, smoke and other residues,” he says. He says covered outdoor kitchen spaces are great for year-round entertaining, especially in subtropical climates like Houston, but effective ventilation is essential in such an enclosed area. .
7. Spend your summer comfortably
There are also additional features that can ensure all-season comfort, such as different forms of climate and pest control. “Ceiling-mounted fans and mosquito repellent mist systems are examples of add-ons that can help make hot summer days more enjoyable,” he says Finnorn.
8. Flow from indoors to outdoors
“People don’t invest in outdoor kitchens just to cook. After all, it only takes about 45 minutes to prepare dinner,” says Green. “An outdoor kitchen is a central place for friends and family to gather throughout the day.”
To that end, he notes, architects and designers are increasingly envisioning indoor and outdoor kitchens simultaneously to create a continuous experience throughout the home.
9. Smart and simple automation
As Finnorn points out, smart home technology is now expected everywhere in luxury homes, including outdoor kitchens. “In outdoor kitchens, these tools may include grills controlled by mobile devices and automated pergolas and shades.”
10. Entertainment for every taste
Audiovisual systems are another technological feature that can add value to outdoor living and gathering spaces. “Speaker systems enhance the outdoor entertainment experience,” says Finnorn, citing a frequently requested example.
New ideas and innovations lead to new trends and expectations. As agents list, sell and search for luxury properties throughout the spring and summer, outdoor kitchens’ many unique features should always be kept in mind.
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