Just wanted to share my newly finished outdoor kitchen. I built it by hand. The whole thing even the rocks are cement..... I know, I know cement isn't the best choice of building material. I am moving up the wheaton Eco-scale and have looked into doing some future projects with cob. The unfortunate thing is that we now decided to move back to my wife's family in Wisconsin so our house is now for sale. Someone else will be able to enjoy all my hard work.
Some may argue about concrete as a material, but the work is AWESOME.
Hopefully it will help sell the house. (there has to be an upside)
"You must be the change you want to see in the world." "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." --Mahatma Gandhi
"Preach the Gospel always, and if necessary, use words." --Francis of Assisi.
"Family farms work when the whole family works the farm." -- Adam Klaus
Location: Currently in Lake Stevens, WA. Home in Spokane
posted 8 years ago
I personally believe that outdoor kitchens are greatly underutilized in our 'modern society'.
In hot summer areas, they greatly help eliminate excess heat inside the house, hence lower utility bills (& higher comfort level).
In cold winter areas, 'Cabin Fever' can be a serious problem. If you can spend more of your life outdoors when weather permits, it reduces the total number of hours you spend confined. Each hour that you get to spend outdoors delays the onset of cabin fever. It helps turn your house into a refuge instead of a prison.
Also, many jurisdictions tax outside additions at a fraction of what they charge for 'home improvements'. And they are often not included into the 'square footage' calculated by the tax assessor.
It is also wonderful to sip a cold one, or enjoy a warm meal within sight of the natural beauty that you and mother nature have created. It certainly beats looking at four walls for half of your life.