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Outdoor Kitchens: 2013 Kitchen Trends

  We recently penned our own predictions for 2013's Atlanta Home Design Trends so when we saw this post about outdoor kitchen trends we thought it was an excellent follow-up! Thanks to Danver Stainless Steel Cabinetry for this article.


As the "leisure industry" is rapidly growing 15 to 17 percent annually, several relatable outdoor living trends are beginning to take shape. Throughout 2010, we noticed a shift in the design of outdoor kitchens. The transition is a shift from the traditional BBQ island or masonry kitchen island to modular cabinets inside a three-sided stone surround. Just a few years ago an outdoor area was called a "grilling station" and soon thereafter, the term was quickly updated to "outdoor kitchen." Now the emerging phrase is "outdoor living and entertainment centers."


The kitchen is still the focal point of the design, but the layout and materials are becoming increasingly more sophisticated and complex. Long gone are the days of simply creating a small area to grill outside and enjoy dinner. Now outdoor living spaces are given as much detail, budget and design as indoor kitchens and living rooms.


The force behind this growing trend is twofold. First, homeowners are seeking a fully functional kitchen, which is simply not possible with masonry islands. In the past year, we have seen a substantial increase in designs that started as BBQ Islands and changed to fully functional outdoor kitchens utilizing utility and storage cabinetry. Homeowners and contractors are simply not aware of the options available using cabinetry or the door styles, colors and finishes available on the cabinets. Homeowners are looking to create purposeful rooms to avoid trips back and forth to the interior kitchen.


The builder and remodeler are the other forces. Putting "pencil to paper," the cost of modular cabinetry is similar to the labor and material costs to build a BBQ or masonry kitchen island. With modular cabinetry and a stone surround, the crews can finish an installation quickly and move on to the next project. And, of course, the more projects builders and contractors can squeeze into a season ultimately affects their overall revenue.


Knowing the options available for creating a customer's ideal outdoor kitchen, as well as making relevant suggestions for a customer's outdoor space, will help you to establish your expertise and benefit from the huge growth in outdoor living.  



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