Picture this: It’s a warm and sunny Saturday afternoon. You invited some friends and family over to entertain them with a big barbeque and perhaps some backyard cricket. You’re the master griller and your brand new outdoor kitchen is the main talking point.
There’s a fridge for drinks, an amazing built in barbeque, solid benchtop, a luxurious sink and more. Whatever you wanted, it’s there!
Let’s step back to the present. You have a slightly dusty BBQ, a lacklustre piece of metal which really doesn’t ignite any inspiration. Stop thinking that you have to live with it.
An outdoor kitchen can easily take your home to the next level and here are five reasons why you should make the upgrade happen.
A Permanent Home for the Barbeque
How often are you trundling your BBQ around the yard? Is it so unsightly it has to live in the shed, or around the corner? The great thing about an established outdoor kitchen is suddenly your BBQ has a home!
Gas or electric, you can build an entire kitchen around it. You can also have a permanent connection to power or a gas line – which means no more gas bottles thanks to a permanent gas barbeque installation.
Whether you currently have a barbeque which could be integrated into a benchtop or cupboards, or you’re eying off a brand new cooker, the world is your oyster. You can stop eyeing off that prime location under the pergola because it’s entirely possible to make it home for your BBQ and kitchen.
Powerpoints can be hidden away for a fridge, the gas line can be redirected, it’s all possible. It’s all so simple when you can truly have a home for cooking.
Save Space in Your Kitchen
Just think about those busy days traversing in and out of the kitchen while carrying plates, trays, tongs, food and all the drinks. It’s a literal armful! And once you’re back in the kitchen the dishes pile up.
Let’s forget about the barbeque, too, where you barely have space for a plate to hold all the sausages on a pitiful little side platform.
That all changes with your dream outdoor kitchen. A mini fridge can hold everything you need – and keep the fridge inside clearer. Your flashy new benchtop can also hold all the plates and trays, and give your countertop inside some rest.
There’s also no need to madly dash inside every 5 minutes. Everything you need can have a home in the outdoor kitchen’s cupboards.
And on the busiest days like Christmas or Australia Day, you can have separate sections for internal and external cooking. When the kids are milling about you can let them hang outside where there’s a touch more space, while inside the kitchen can be quiet and calm… or vice versa depending who is where!
Keep Cool During Summer
On the hot summer days above 30°C where cooking in the kitchen is like a sauna, it can be incredibly nice to spend the night in a cool summer’s breeze. Your oven can add several degrees to the internal temperature, forcing the air con to work harder.
But by grilling or barbequing outside, the heat is not trapped inside and you’ll keep the energy costs down low.
Quality Control Over Your Gas Supply
We’ve all been there. The mad dash to pick up an LPG gas bottle because you just tried to fire up the BBQ and it’s dead! With a permanent gas supply, there’s no longer a need to panic. You’ll never run out of fuel.
You will have intuitive cooking which reacts instantly and can use your barbeque any time. The outdoor kitchen can come into play at any time of the day and no one has to pick up a bottle.
With the help of a licensed gas fitter you can also be assured your gas supply is 100 per cent safe. A gas bottle can leak and every year there are accidents involving loose connections. Remember that any gas work must be completed by a licensed professional to ensure it meets all government regulations.
They will extend any pipework and create secure connections and fittings. They can also test for any leaks. With a certificate of compliance to match, you will be cooking with gas in a safe, secure manner.
Increased Future Resale Value
Your glorious outdoor kitchen will increase resale value instantly. Well, at least if you do decide to ever sell. Future buyers will be attracted to the additional entertainment area, and all the wonderful perks you enjoy.
Now, it is a big commitment and there will be some serious planning and design elements to choose from. So if – or when – you are ready to get the outdoor kitchen creation underway, Jim’s Plumbing is ready.
We can take care of important installation and gas fitting, or any plumbing and electrical jobs. Our experienced technicians are available after hours and on weekends as well, so your work can be completed when it suits you.
And with our versatile technicians, any external plumbing, power outlet installation and gas BBQ installation can easily be completed. Even if you want an assessment to see whether the work is possible, we can send a local technician to your home to talk through the options.
Jim’s Plumbing is here to help you entertain the masses. Give us a ring for more information!